Azerbaijan Says Fighting Won’t End Until Armenia Agrees to Withdraw

Both sides claim heavy casualties inflicted, Azeri forces claim to have taken villages

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev set his conditions for ending the war over Nagorno-Karabakh, demanding Armenia set a timetable for fully withdrawing from the enclave, which international law views as part of Azerbaijan.

“Azerbaijan has one condition, and that is the liberation of its territories,” Aliyev added. Azerbaijan officials have claimed some major gains in the fighting, but then, Armenia is also claimed to have inflicted heavy casualties in the past few days.

Those claims are likely exaggerated, as Nagorno-Karabakh claimed intelligence that 3,000 Azerbaijanis had died, and Armenia claimed 2,300 Azeri troops were slain. These are impossible to confirm, but that would be an enormous number.

Azerbaijan claimed to have seized a town and several nearby villages. The only losses they are admitting to are rocket strikes by Armenian forces against a pair of major Azeri cities, which are outside of the conflict zone.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.