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  1. In May 2018, the U.S. and its allies helped organise a “colour-revolution” in Armenia that installed the pro-Western Nikol Pashinyan as prime minister. Immediately Armenia began accelerating its pivot toward the West. Over the next few years, Azerbaijan, with the support of Turkey, began making territorial demands that included claims to Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) and portions of Armenia proper, including the Zangezur Corridor. Azerbaijan sought an extraterritorial corridor to Nakhchivan via Armenia, which would undermine Iranian influence in the South Caucasus and open up Iranian Azerbaijan to Western subversion via Azerbaijan. At the same time, increased Turkish–Azerbaijani influence, coupled with the ongoing Armenian shift toward the West, would undermine Russian control over energy in the region. In 2020 Azerbaijan, with the support of Turkey, Israel, and NATO, instigated a war with Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh. Despite being a member of the Russian-fronted Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), Armenia refused Russian assistance and also distanced itself from Iran. Prior to and during the conflict the Armenian military was poorly prepared. Many sources at the time speculated that the pro-Western PM Pashinyan allowed the Armenian military to deteriorate, hoping that a loss would serve as a further excuse for Armenia to make peace with Azerbaijan and replace CSTO with NATO membership. As a result of the war Azerbaijan achieved a decisive victory. Iran diplomatically supported Azerbaijani control over Nagorno-Karabakh, but not Azerbaijani proposals for the extraterritorial Zangezur Corridor. Recently there have been local flare-ups in which Azerbaijani forces have now gained control over portions of Armenia proper. At the same time the U.S. clearly appears to have drawn Armenia into its orbit, while Azerbaijani territorial demands have continued to escalate. Clearly the West, Israel, and Turkey are using Azerbaijan as a means to establish a base with which to attack northwestern Iran and eliminate Russian–Iranian links through the South Caucasus. As of now Turkey and Azerbaijan seem very emboldened and do not seem to think that Iran can put up any real resistance, hence continued Azerbaijani pressure on Armenia and rising Turkish ambition in Syria, Greece, Libya, and Central Asia. What if Azerbaijan, backed by the West, Turkey, and Israel, were to engage in a major armed conflict with Iran?
  2. Azerbaijani army may strike Khankendi 4 April 2016 19:53 (UTC+04:00) Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 4 Trend: Azerbaijan's army may carry out strikes on the city of Khankendi and other occupied settlements, read a message posted on the website of Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry Apr. 4. "Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry has tasked all the types of the armed forces, including the rocket and artillery troops, to be ready to carry out crushing strikes from all heavy combat weapons on the Khankendi city and other occupied settlements, if the Armenians don't stop shelling Azerbaijani settlements in a short time," said the message. Armenian armed forces are targeting densely populated residential areas and civilians in order to retaliate for heavy causalities along the frontline, added the ministry. "Acting inhumanly, the Armenian side provokes Azerbaijan to take counter measures despite the continuous warnings made by Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry to the Armenian side," said the message. "Azerbaijan once again calls on Armenia to respect the international law and norms and stop the use of lethal force against civilians." On the night of Apr. 2, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from Armenians, who were using large-caliber weapons, mortars, grenade launchers and guns. Azerbaijani settlements near the frontline densely populated by civilians were shelled as well. There are casualties among the civilians as a result of the shelling. Six Armenian tanks, 15 gun mounts and reinforced engineering structures were destroyed and more than 100 servicemen of the Armenian armed forces were wounded and killed during the shootouts. Twelve servicemen of the Azerbaijani armed forces heroically died, one Mi-24 helicopter was shot down and one tank was damaged on a mine. Three more soldiers of Azerbaijan were killed during the past day and night as a result of the ceasefire violation. The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts. TAGS: Defense Ministry Armenian agression Link/source: http://en.trend.az/azerbaijan/karabakh/2514722.html
  3. I know that Armenia fought a war against the Muslim nation Azerbaijan several years ago. And that their are still flare ups of conflict between the two nations. But, I am curious as to why Pakistan does not recognize the sovereignty of Armenia? I know Armenia was the first Christian nation and remains so to this day a predominately Christian country. But Armenia has a history that goes back hundreds of years before Christianity.
  4. (bismillah) Russia Is Massing Troops On Iran's Northern Border And Waiting For A Western Attack http://www.businessinsider.com/russia-thinks-an-israeli-attack-on-iran-by-the-summer-is-almost-certain-2012-4 WAR is looming and its not going to be pretty. N
  5. TEHRAN (FNA)- Armenia's Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian renewed his country's opposition to the use of force against Iran over its nuclear program, and reiterated that negotiation is the best means to resolve Iran's nuclear issue. "Yerevan has time and again emphasized [the] need for solving Iran's nuclear issue through dialogue at [the] international society," Nalbandian said at a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Monday. "Our position remains unchanged. Iran is our neighbor country, and we are interested in excluding the use of force or ways other than negotiations for the settlement of the issue," he added. In March, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Tehran's permanent preparedness to hold negotiations with the West under an atmosphere of logic. "If you have any logical words, come and say," Ahmadinejad said, and continued, "The Iranian nation accepts logical words but if you bring hundreds of other warships (to the region), these people will not bow before you." Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment. Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path. Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries. http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9101140108
  6. Russian radar in Armenia to block an US/Israeli strike on Iran from the north Russia's S-400 Triumf missiles posted in Kaliningrad Moscow has stepped into the vacuum created by US President Barack Obama’s decision to stay out of any potentially incendiary Middle East involvement while campaigning for a second term. After blocking the way to direct Western and Arab military intervention in Syria through the Mediterranean, Russia sent its Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last week on a round trip to the capitals of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan – an expedition designed to secure Iran against a potential US/Israeli attack via its northern and eastern neighbors, debkafile’s military sources report. On his return to Moscow, April 6, the Russian army let it be known that highly-advanced mobile S-400 surface-to-air missiles had been moved into Kaliningrad, the Baltic enclave bordered by Poland and Lithuania, its response to US plans for an anti-Iran missile shield system in Europe and the Middle East. In Yerevan, the Russian minister finalized a deal for the establishment of an advanced Russian radar station in the Armenian mountains to counter the US radar set up at the Turkish Kurecik air base, our sources disclose. Just as the Turkish station (notwithstanding Ankara’s denials) will trade data on incoming Iranian missiles with the US station in the Israeli Negev, the Russian station in Armenia will share input with Tehran. Moscow remains deeply preoccupied in Syria, successfully fending off Western and Arab pressure against its ruler Bashar Assad. debkafile’s sources hear that Assad will not meet the April 10 deadline for moving his heavy armor and battalions out of Syrian cities. Monday, April 8, he sent his foreign minister Walid Moallem to Moscow for instructions for getting him off the hook of failing to comply with his commitment to the UN envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan, starting with a truce. Lavrov, rather than US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is evidently regarded these days as the senior Middle East power broker. In a thumbs-down on Russia’s deepening footstep in the region, the London-based Saudi Sharq al Awsat captioned a Sunday op-ed item, “Nor do we want a ‘Sheikh’ Lavrov.” For the first time since the Cold War ended, the management of a major world crisis has passed into the hands of the Kremlin in Moscow and the UN Secretariat in New York. Weeping crocodile tears, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday that the April 10 date for a Syrian truce “was not an excuse for continued killing” by the Syrian regime, ignoring the fact that “the continued killing” could have been avoided were it not for the strategy pursued by Kofi Annan, the special envoy he shares with the Arab League, with Moscow’s back-stage wire-pulling. This is because President Barak Obama is advised by his campaign strategists that the way to the American voter’s heart in November is through burnishing his image as a “balanced and responsible” multinational diplomat, in contrast with his Republican rivals’ hawkish support of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program. In the case of Syria, the White House finds itself on the same side as the UN and the Kremlin. They all share the common goal of obstructing Western and Arab military intervention in Syria at all costs. Hundreds of Syrian protesters are still paying the price in blood - although its dimensions of the butchery are frequently exaggerate by the opposition. After brutalizing his population for thirteen months, Bashar Assad is more or less on top of the revolt in Syria’s main cities, excepting the Idlib province and one or two pockets in and around Homs. He used the extra days afforded him by Kofi Annan’s deadline for the ruthless purge of the last remnants of resistance in small towns and villages, cetain that Moscow, the UN secretary - and Washington, by default - would do nothing to stop him. Should current circumstances shoot off in unforeseen directions – for instance, a Syrian government poison chemical or biological weapon attack causing hundreds of dead, over and above the 9,000 confirmed by UN figures – Obama might be forced to resort to limited military action, pulling in the Turkish army. This has not yet happened. That the Russians are not letting the grass grow under their feet, turning Middle East bushfires to their advantage and closing one American Middle East option after another, appears to be a minor consideration in Washington up until November. http://www.debka.com/article/21901/ LONG LIVE THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN . N
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