Syrian militants return from Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan’s opposition to the transfer of militant families to Karabakh

Sunday, 6 December 2020 - 10:36

ISWNews Analysis Group: According to sources close to the Syrian militants, more than 900 militants transferred by Turkey to Nagorno-Karabakh were returned to Syria after the fighting.

Recently, another group of Syrian militants returned to Syria after the war ended in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, bringing the total number of militants who have returned to Syria from Nagorno-Karabakh to about 1,000.
During the Nagorno-Karabakh war, a total of 2,600 Syrian mercenaries were transferred to Nagorno-Karabakh by Turkey to assist the Azerbaijan army.

On the other hand, after the end of the battles in Nagorno-Karabakh and the re-domination of Azerbaijan over the occupied territories in the region, there are reports of Turkish coordination to transfer the families of Syrian (Turkmen) militants to Nagorno-Karabakh and settle in these areas. According to sources close to the Syrian militants, two offices were opened in the city of Afrin to register them and transfer them to Nagorno-Karabakh. But a week later, it became clear that the Azerbaijani authorities were opposed to doing so and transferring the militants and their families to Nagorno-Karabakh, and Turkey’s efforts to do so have so far failed, and given the Iranian leader’s explicit warnings in this regard, it seems highly unlikely that the Republic of Azerbaijan will make such a mistake.

Due to the opposition of the Azerbaijani authorities to the settlement of Syrian militants in Nagorno-Karabakh, the rest of the militants are expected to gradually return to Syria.

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