DAMASCUS (Panorama.am)—Two more Azerbaijani citizens who participated in the fighting in Syria on the side of the terrorists have been killed in Syria. According to the Azerbaijani news agency APA, two online sources belonging to terrorist groups fighting against government forces in Syria revealed this information.
It is reported that Namik Askerov, who fought with “Frente al Nusra” group associated with “Al-Qaeda” was killed. Another Azeri citizen named Soltan Azeri Seifullakh was killed too. The website also released photographs of the killed Azerbaijani terrorists.
According to APA, in battles against Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria hundreds of Azerbaijanis are involved in various groups, dozens of them have been killed.
Recently, the media has reported about a number of deaths of Azerbaijani mercenaries in Syria. In early April, the Turkish sites have reported that about 30 terrorists from Azerbaijan have already been killed in Syria. According to the Azerbaijani political scientist Arif Yunus, more than 300 Islamists from Azerbaijan are fighting in Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Over 100 of those are fighting in Syria alone. Azerbaijani mercenaries have even released an online video-recording calling for “jihad.”
The relationship between international terrorist groups and Azerbaijan originated in the early 1990s. During that time, the Azerbaijani army, having failed in the aggression against the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, retreated with losses. Trying to save the situation, the Azerbaijani leadership, headed by Heydar Aliyev, called on international terrorist organizations and radical groups from Afghanistan (Taliban, Hezb-e Islami, and others), Turkey (Grey Wolves), Chechnya (Chechen Mujahedeen) and other regions to join the fight against the Armenians of Karabakh.
Despite the involvement of thousands of foreign mercenaries and terrorists in the Azerbaijani army during the war, the Azerbaijani aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh Republic failed, and the Baku authorities were forced to sign an armistice with Karabakh and Armenia. However, international terrorists forged ties in Azerbaijan during the war, and used them in the future. Recruitment was conducted among Azerbaijanis, who then were sent to Afghanistan and the North Caucasus, where they participated in battles against NATO forces and the Russian government.
In recent years, citizens from Azerbaijan have been actively involved in terrorist and extremist activities in Russia, Afghanistan and Syria. In Azerbaijan, the citizens are brought to criminal liability for participating in “illegal armed groups” in Afghanistan, sentenced to minor terms of imprisonment.