Muslim And Christian Armies Battle To The Death
Centuries ago, a geographical region between the Black and Caspian Seas, became one of the sparks that started the fire of the Crusades, the religious conflict which consumed the Middle East, Central Asia and Europe.
The Soviet Union’s totalitarianism covered up many things. One of them was the battle between Islam and Christianity in this part of the world.
Now that battle is once again out in the open and people are dying.
In a ‘frozen conflict’ of the USSR, Armenian separatists claimed a mountainous border region between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the 1990s. A war broke out and thousands were killed, with tens of thousands displaced. There has been a tenuous cease-fire ever since, with occasional flare ups resulting in deaths on both sides.
However, deadly tensions have been building for weeks between Christian Armenia and Muslim Azerbaijan. The mother of Orthodox Christianity, Russia, has a military base in Armenia. The Neo-Ottomoan regime of Turkish President Recep Erdogan supports Azerbaijan. There have even been reports of Syrian fighters from the Middle East being flown in as mercenaries to fight for Baku, the Azer capital.
CDMedia has reported extensively on the hot conflict between Russian and Turkish proxy forces in Syria and the Libyan civil war in Northern Africa, the disastrous results of the Obama administration’s ‘Arab Spring’, which was nothing but an attempt to install the Sunni extremist Muslim Brotherhood in governments across the Middle East.
After a massive flare-up overnight, where intense fighting broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia has declared martial law and is mobilizing forces.
“Dear compatriots, now, by the decision of the government, martial law and general mobilization are declared in Armenia. I urge all personnel to come to recruitment offices,” declared Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
Earlier, President of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan announced martial law in the country due to the escalation of the situation on the line of contact with Azerbaijan, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
On Sunday morning, Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan said that Armenia began intensive shelling on the positions of the Azerbaijani army and settlements, with reported casualties and wounded among the civilian population. In turn, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that the Azerbaijani armed forces launched an offensive in the direction of Nagorno-Karabakh.
“I spoke to ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan and stressed the importance of an immediate ceasefire,” High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell wrote on his Twitter account.
“There is no military solution to the conflict. The only way forward is the return to negotiating table without preconditions under OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs,” he underscored.
Armenia accused Azerbaijani forces of shelling settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh and Baku said Armenian forces attacked Azerbaijani military and civilian positions.
Both sides have reported casualties, reported RFERL.
“Our response will be proportionate, and the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan bears full responsibility for the situation,” the Armenian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said its forces were “taking retaliatory measures and our troops are in full control of the operational situation.”
The ministry said that “fierce battles are ongoing all along the front line.”
Turkey, a close ally of Baku, said Armenia must immediately cease hostility towards Azerbaijan that will “throw the region into fire.”
Russia called on both sides to “immediately halt fire and begin talks to stabilize the situation.”
France said it was “extremely concerned by the confrontation.”
World War III anyone?
Or should we focus on the ridiculous claims of ‘oppression’ by Black Lives Matter in the West.
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