In Bid to Boost Its Profile, ISIS Turns to Africa’s Militants

Violence by Islamist extremists in Africa reached a record high last year. Now, the Islamic State is using those attacks to project an image of strength.

#africa, #al-qaeda, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mozambique, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sahel-africa, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Syrian Refugees in Rebel Controlled Idlib Are Stuck in Limbo

Millions of people displaced during Syria’s 10-year war are impoverished, insecure and crowded into an area of the country’s northwest controlled by a rebel group once linked to Al Qaeda.

#assad-bashar-al, #civilian-casualties, #humanitarian-aid, #idlib-syria, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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‘They Told Us Not to Resist’: Sexual Violence Pervades Ethiopia’s War

Rape is being used as a weapon as fighting rages in remote parts of Tigray region. “Even if we had shouted,” one woman said, “there was no one to listen.”

#ahmed-abiy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #doctors-without-borders, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sex-crimes, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #women-and-girls

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Eritrea Agrees to Withdraw Troops from Tigray, Ethiopia Says

The announcement comes amid mounting international condemnation of atrocities in Tigray, and days after an American presidential envoy visited Ethiopia’s prime minister.

#afwerki-isaias, #ahmed-abiy, #amnesty-international, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #doctors-without-borders, #eritrea, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Israel’s Shadow War With Iran Moves Out to Sea

Israel and Iran have fought a clandestine war across the Middle East for years, mainly by land and air. Now ships are under attack in the Mediterranean and Red Seas.

#defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hezbollah, #iran, #israel, #mediterranean-sea, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #persian-gulf, #politics-and-government, #red-sea, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Does Biden Really Want to End the Forever Wars?

If he does, he must work with Congress and go well beyond narrowing old permission slips for conflict.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Fear and Hostility Simmer as Ethiopia’s Military Keeps Hold on Tigray

Accounts of atrocities keep coming in as the wounded flee to the regional capital, Mekelle, where Tigrayans say they are being winnowed for their leaders’ rebellion.

#ahmed-abiy, #american-red-cross, #amnesty-international, #blinken-antony-j, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mekelle-ethiopia, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Endangered Gazelles Make a Comeback on the Edge of a War Zone

Hunted nearly to extinction worldwide, a wild mountain gazelle finds a helping hand on the Turkish-Syrian border.

#antelopes, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #hunting-and-trapping, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #syria, #turkey, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Edward C. Luck, Architect of U.N. Code on Genocide, Dies at 72

He transformed vague ideals into a strategy on when the world should collectively intervene to stop mass atrocities.

#deaths-obituaries, #luck-edward-c, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Women Once Enslaved by ISIS Are Reunited With Their Children

Yazidi women freed from sexual slavery under ISIS were forced to give up their babies. Two years later, some are risking everything to get them back.

#iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #orphans-and-orphanages, #syria, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #women-and-girls, #yazidi-religious-sect

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Blasts Hit Military Barracks in Equatorial Guinea

Many people were feared injured when a succession of explosions rocked the Central African nation.

#bombs-and-explosives, #civilian-casualties, #equatorial-guinea, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Biden Seeks Update for a Much-Stretched Law That Authorizes the War on Terrorism

The legal basis for the war against Al Qaeda and its successors is aging and frayed, but how to replace it has long bedeviled lawmakers.

#al-qaeda, #flake-jeffrey-l, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kaine-timothy-m, #obama-barack, #september-11-2001, #shabab, #suleimani-qassim, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-powers-act-1973

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Biden Secretly Limits Counterterrorism Drone Strikes Away From War Zones

Requiring higher-level approval is a stopgap measure as officials review whether to tighten Trump-era targeting rules and civilian safeguards.

#al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #national-security-council, #obama-barack, #pakistan, #presidential-transition-us, #shabab, #somalia, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yemen

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U.S. Urges Ethiopia to End Hostilities in Tigray

For the second time in a week, the secretary of state pointed to reports of atrocities in the Ethiopian region.

#ahmed-abiy, #blinken-antony-j, #civilian-casualties, #ethiopia, #tigray-ethiopia, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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German Court Convicts Former Syrian Official of Crimes Against Humanity

Eyad al-Gharib, a former security officer, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison in a case that rights groups have hailed as a landmark.

#al-gharib-eyad, #assad-bashar-al, #germany, #syria, #torture, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Having Won Syria’s War, al-Assad Is Mired in Economic Woes

After a decade of war, the biggest threat now to President Bashar al-Assad is an economic crisis. But at a recent meeting, he had no concrete solutions to his country’s extreme distress.

#assad-bashar-al, #bread, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #damascus-syria, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #hair, #international-trade-and-world-market, #israel, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-food-program

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Turkish Forces in Syria Protect 5 Million People

Three years ago, Turkey’s intervention in Syria was widely criticized. But today Turkish forces are all that protect five million vulnerable people.

#afrin-syria, #akar-hulusi, #assad-bashar-al, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #free-syrian-army, #humanitarian-aid, #idlib-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #turkey, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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A Decade After the Arab Spring, Autocrats Still Rule the Mideast

The popular uprisings of 2011 mostly failed, but they gave the region a taste for democracy that continues to whet an appetite for change.

#assad-bashar-al, #bahrain, #ben-ali-zine-el-abidine, #cairo-egypt, #iran, #iraq, #jordan, #lebanon, #middle-east, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #mubarak-hosni, #muslim-brotherhood-egypt, #muslims-and-islam, #nahyan-mohamed-bin-zayed-al-1961, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #qaddafi-muammar-el, #russia, #saudi-arabia, #sudan, #syria, #tahrir-square-cairo, #trump-donald-j, #tunisia, #turkey, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yemen

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U.S. Airstrike Kills Top ISIS Leader in Iraq

The joint operation with Iraqi forces was aimed at stemming the group’s resurgence, and illustrates Iraq’s continued reliance on the U.S. military.

#baghdad-iraq, #baghuz-syria, #defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #iran, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kadhimi-mustafa-al, #kirkuk-iraq, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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On ‘Rooftop of Africa,’ Ethiopia’s Troops Hunt Fugitive Former Rulers

Politicians and military commanders who once led Ethiopia are being tracked down, caught and sometimes killed by their own country’s soldiers in the war in the Tigray region.

#ahmed-abiy, #eritrea, #ethiopia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #seyoum-mesfin, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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War-Zone Experience Carries Journalists Into Inauguration Coverage

Reporters and photographers who are no strangers to conflict are among those assigned to what is usually a day of pageantry.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #di-giovanni-janine, #ferguson-adam-1978, #haviv-ron, #inaugurations, #independent-of-london-the, #intercept-the-magazine, #new-york-magazine, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vice-news, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #washington-dc

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Gunmen Storm Wake in Mexico, Killing at Least Nine

It was the latest bloody attack to roil the central state of Guanajuato, which is embroiled in a turf war between rival criminal groups.

#mexico, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #targeted-killings, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Explosion Reported at Yemen Airport as New Government Arrives

The blast, which killed at least 16 people and wounded 60 more, took place just before a plane carrying cabinet officials landed at the Aden airport.

#aden-yemen, #airports, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #deaths-fatalities, #hadi-abdu-rabbu-mansour, #houthis, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yemen

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‘I Miss Home’: In Tigray Conflict, Displaced Children Suffer

Of the thousands of refugees who have fled the conflict in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray, nearly a third are children. Hundreds of them walked unaccompanied to Sudan.

#ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #hamdayet-sudan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sudan, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #um-rakuba, #united-nations-high-commission-for-refugees, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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After Nagorno-Karabakh War, Trauma, Tragedy and Devastation

For Armenians uprooted from their homes, and for Azerbaijanis returning to uninhabitable towns, “It’s going to be very hard to forgive.”

#armenians, #azerbaijanis, #nagorno-karabakh, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Fleeing Ethiopians Tell of Ethnic Massacres in Tigray War

Tens of thousands have sought safety in Sudan, where they gave accounts to Times journalists of a devastating and complex conflict that threatens Ethiopia’s stability.

#ahmed-abiy, #eritrea, #ethiopia, #hamdayet-sudan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sudan, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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‘What Can I Feel? The Most Important Is That We Are Alive’

A village on the frontline of the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia welcomes peace — after more than two decades.

#armenia, #nagorno-karabakh, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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From Shelled Ethiopian City, Doctors Tally Deaths and Plead for Help

Ethiopia’s prime minister promised a swift, surgical military campaign in the restive province of Tigray. But doctors in the regional capital reported civilian deaths, looting and a looming crisis.

#ahmed-abiy, #civilian-casualties, #ethiopia, #hospitals, #humanitarian-aid, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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In Nagorno-Karabakh Peace Deal, Putin Applied a Deft New Touch

The iron-fisted tactics used against Georgia and Ukraine seem to have fallen out of favor, replaced by a more subtle blend of soft power and an implicit military threat.

#aliyev-ilham-h, #armenia, #azerbaijan, #belarus, #crimea-ukraine, #georgia-georgian-republic, #nagorno-karabakh, #pashinyan-nikol, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #stepanakert-nagorno-karabakh-republic, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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When Does an Enemy’s Cultural Heritage Become One’s Own?

The cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh may offer new hope for the preservation of threatened monuments everywhere.

#abkhazia-georgian-republic, #afghanistan, #aliyev-ilham-h, #anatolia, #armenia, #armenians, #azerbaijan, #baku-azerbaijan, #bokova-irina, #bosnia-and-herzegovina, #china, #churches-buildings, #cyprus, #destruction-of-cultural-antiquities-and-heritage, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-union, #hagia-sophia-istanbul-turkey, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #idlib-syria, #international-criminal-court, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #istanbul-turkey, #mali, #modi-narendra, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #mosques, #nagorno-karabakh, #palmyra-ny, #pantheon-rome, #restoration-and-renovation, #roman-catholic-church, #timbuktu-mali, #trump-donald-j, #turkey, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-heritage-sites, #xinjiang-china, #yazidi-religious-sect

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Ethiopia Claims Victory in Tigray Conflict After Shelling Restive Region’s Capital

After heavy artillery strikes on Saturday, the federal government claimed the city of Mekelle was now under its control, but there was no way to independently confirm the assertion.

#africa, #african-union, #ahmed-abiy, #defense-and-military-forces, #eritrea, #ethiopia, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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I Was a Child Refugee. Another War in Ethiopia Is Forcing More Children Into the Camps.

Abiy Ahmed, the country’s prime minister, has become the protagonist of a familiar story in Africa, which is written in blood by politicians in pursuit of their ideologies and power.

#ahmed-abiy, #defense-and-military-forces, #eritrea, #ethiopia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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An End to Armenia and Azerbaijan’s Dangerous War

The feud between Armenia and Azerbaijan has only been put on hold.

#armenians, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #nagorno-karabakh, #pashinyan-nikol, #pompeo-mike, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Layers of Tragedy, in a Cemetery and in the Mountains

Armenians flee what they consider their historical home, after the end of a six-week war with Azerbaijan over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

#armenia, #armenians, #azerbaijan, #caucasus-russia, #nagorno-karabakh, #stepanakert-nagorno-karabakh-republic, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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As Fighting Rages in Ethiopia, Aid Groups Plead for Access to Refugees

Blocked roads, cut communications, intensifying combat: Aid groups say they stand ready to help people caught in the Ethiopian fighting, if only they could.

#ethiopia, #humanitarian-aid, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #tigray-ethiopia, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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After War Between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Peace Sees Winners and Losers Swap Places

A deal brokered by Russia ended the fighting for now over Nagorno-Karabakh, leaving Armenians to pack up and burn their houses as they retreat, while Azerbaijanis plan a return to long-lost lands.

#aliyev-ilham-h, #armenia, #azerbaijan, #nagorno-karabakh, #pashinyan-nikol, #peace-process, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Armenia and Azerbaijan: The Conflict Explained

How did a deep-rooted local conflict draw in regional powers? And after a cease-fire agreement, what are the prospects for peace?

#armenia, #azerbaijan, #caucasus-russia, #defense-and-military-forces, #nagorno-karabakh, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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They Once Ruled Ethiopia. Now They Are Fighting Its Government.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s two-year feud with the rebellious ruling party of the Tigray region has exploded into a war, with bombings, massacres and ethnic divisions, that threatens to upend the entire Horn of Africa.

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #africa, #ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Syria Seeks Return of Refugees, but They Fear Leader’s Wrath

President Bashar al-Assad said the millions of citizens who fled during the war have been blocked from coming back. But he left out the main reason they are staying away: Mr. al-Assad himself.

#assad-bashar-al, #damascus-syria, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #lebanon, #middle-east, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #turkey, #united-nations-high-commission-for-refugees, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Armenians Erupt in Fury Over Defeat in War With Azerbaijan

As Russian peacekeepers deployed to enforce a lopsided peace agreement, Azerbaijanis were savoring their country’s triumph.

#aliyev-ilham-h, #armenia, #azerbaijan, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #international-relations, #nagorno-karabakh, #pashinyan-nikol, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Facing Military Debacle, Armenia Accepts a Deal in Nagorno-Karabakh War

In an agreement brokered by Russia, Azerbaijan won many of the concessions it has sought for decades in negotiations over the Nagorno-Karabakh separatist region.

#aliyev-ilham-h, #armenia, #azerbaijan, #caucasus-russia, #nagorno-karabakh, #pashinyan-nikol, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #stepanakert-nagorno-karabakh-republic, #turkey, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Ethiopia’s Leader Reshuffles Top Security Officials Amid Tigray Conflict

The new appointments came as the military operation in the northern Tigray region entered its fifth day, with the United Nations saying the stoppage of air and road access was affecting humanitarian operations.

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #tigray, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Azerbaijan Claims Capture of Key Town in Nagorno-Karabakh

The country asserted on Sunday that its military had gained control of a strategically important site that overlooks the regional capital, Stepanakert. Armenian officials said fighting continued.

#armenia, #azerbaijan, #defense-and-military-forces, #nagorno-karabakh, #susha, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Robert Fisk, Intrepid War Correspondent, Dies at 74

“You cannot get near the truth without being there,” he said. Working for British newspapers, he ranged across the Middle East, Bosnia, Northern Ireland and elsewhere.

#deaths-obituaries, #fisk-robert, #independent-of-london-the, #middle-east, #news-and-news-media, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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In Azerbaijan, a String of Explosions, Screams and Then Blood

Caught in an Armenian rocket attack, a New York Times reporting team captures the agony of an expanding, dirty war.

#armenia, #azerbaijan, #barda-azerbaijan, #civilian-casualties, #cluster-munitions, #human-rights-watch, #nagorno-karabakh, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Roots of War: When Armenia Talked Tough, Azerbaijan Took Action

While Azerbaijan is clearly the main driver of the Nagorno-Karabakh war, analysts say, Armenia’s populist prime minister pushed the situation to the brink.

#aliyev-ilham-h, #armenia, #azerbaijan, #international-relations, #nagorno-karabakh, #pashinyan-nikol, #russia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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In Azerbaijan, Pain and Loss Drive Fever for War With Armenia

As the country’s soldiers advance in the conflict with Armenia, every “liberated” territory is celebrated and tens of thousands of refugees plan their return to lost lands.

#aliyev-ilham-h, #armenia, #azerbaijan, #funerals-and-memorials, #international-crisis-group, #nagorno-karabakh, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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