Azerbaijan's MoD reveals details of counter-terrorism operations

Azerbaijan's MoD reveals details of counter-terrorism operations

Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defense has revealed the details of the counter-terrorism operations, according to the ministry's website.

In gross violation of the provisions of the statement dated November 10, 2020, members of illegal Armenian armed formations committed a terrorist act against the Azerbaijani Army Units on the territory of temporary deployment of Russian peacekeepers on August 3. As a result of a bullet wound, serviceman Anar Kazimov became a martyr.

“Furthermore, members of the illegal Armenian armed groups attempted to capture the Gyrkhgiz peak, located on a mountain range covering Kalbajar and Lachin districts, and create new combat positions there.

As a result of the 'Retribution' counter-terrorism operation carried out by the Azerbaijani Army Units, the Girkhgiz peak, as well as Saribaba along the Karabakh ridge of the Lesser Caucasus and a number of other important heights were taken under control.

At present, engineering work is being carried out by Azerbaijani units to create new positions and lay out support routes.

During the operation, several combat positions of illegal Armenian armed formations have been destroyed, the military unit in the Yukhari Oratagh village of the former Aghdere district have been hit by the air strikes. The manpower of the illegal Armenian armed formations, as well as several D-30 howitzers, military vehicles and a large amount of ammunition have also been taken out.

Azerbaijan has repeatedly stated that the presence of the Armenian armed forces and illegal Armenian armed formations in Azerbaijan's territories, where Russian peacekeepers are temporarily stationed, remains a source of danger. The demilitarization of these territories, the complete withdrawal of Armenian troops from there, and the disarmament of illegal Armenian armed formations are of particular importance," the ministry said.

The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan stated that any terror and provocations committed in the sovereign territories of the country will be resolutely suppressed and response measures will be even more crushing following the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The ministry also said that manpower and a large amount of ammunition of Armenian troops were destroyed.

According to the ministry, several combat positions of illegal Armenian armed formations were destroyed, an air strike was carried out on a military unit in the settlement of Yukhara Oratagh (former Aghdere region).

"The manpower of the illegal Armenian armed formations was destroyed, as well as several D-30 howitzers, military vehicles and a large amount of ammunition," said the statement.

"Azerbaijan has repeatedly stated that, contrary to the tripartite statement of November 10, 2020, the presence of the Armenian armed forces and illegal Armenian armed formations in the territories of Azerbaijan, where Russian peacekeepers are temporarily stationed, remains a source of danger. The demilitarization of these territories, the complete withdrawal of Armenian troops from there are necessary and disarmament of illegal Armenian armed formations," the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said in a statement.

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