Dozens of Turkish-backed Syrian militants had been killed, injured or went missing while fighting for the Azerbaijani Armed Forces in the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on October 1.
“The last 48 hours saw a large-scale participation of the Syrian factions loyal to Ankara in the battles of the Nagorno-Karabakh hills,” the monitoring group said in its report.
According to the SOHR, the number of Syrian militants who were killed by Armenian forces has risen to 28. At least 62 others were either injured or went missing.
At total of 850 Syrian militants have been reportedly deployed in Azerbaijan, thus far. Turkish security companies are behind the deployment.
Turkey appears to be supporting Azerbaijan’s operation in Nagorno-Karabakh, which began on September 27. Besides deploying Syrian militants, Ankara was accused of taking an active role in the aerial operations of Baku forces over the disputed area.
The Turkish indirect intervention may further escalate the battle in Nagorno-Karabakh, similar to what we saw in Libya and Syria before.
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