.. from Hetq, an Investigative Journalists Armenian NGO
[ Editor’s Note: I can think of a hundred better ways to start out a new week and a Monday morning than with something like this, but it is what it is, and we have to deal with it. As Gordon so often says, “Welcome to the real world”.
To all the Armenian troops out there, I would strongly ask you all to refrain from similar revenge attacks, as this brutal crime might have been done by professional psyops people to incite you to do just that.
In fact, such scum of the earth might be doing such “revenge killings” on their own people to blame on Armenian forces.
As of today, it still seems there was no monitoring structure in place to determine who fired first — strange for the high tech world we live in. What is the point of having monitors if this cannot be determined? A bad actor can initiate mayhem anytime they want to.
The general consensus on this in the Intel world is that the Azeris started this, as the Armenians had no motive. With an Armenian population of 2 million, versus the Azeri’s 10 million, and a wealth and resource multiple way beyond that, plus both countries economically stressed, the smart money says Armenia was not looking for a fight.
And most believe that the Azeris would not have started this by themselves, and that the Turks are involved, another proxy fight being started as payback on a Russian client state for its success in turning the Syrian terror war around, from a losing one into a winning one.
On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Erdogan pledged his support for Azerbaijan, saying, “We pray our Azerbaijani brothers will prevail in these clashes with the least casualties.”
We have not heard a peep out of NATO. It will be careful here, as their surveillance people will know who started it; and NATO now has to walk the tightrope to avoid condemning a fellow member, and yet not appearing to be covering for them — which is just another day at the office actually… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … April 04, 2016 –
War is ugly, this is a given! Nevertheless, Hetq wishes to apologize to its readers for publishing the following disturbing photo from the village of Talish in the northeastern Martakert District of Artsakh.
Today, Hetq photographer Hakob Poghosyan was in Talish, a community that was temporarily overrun by Azerbaijani military units yesterday. The village is a few kilometers inside the Artsakh border with Azerbaijan. Only a few residents were in Talish when Azerbaijani soldiers entered.
They shot Valera Khalapyan and his wife Razmela to death in their home and then cut off their ears. Azerbaijani soldiers also executed Marousya Khalapyan, born 1924.
For the past two days, Azerbaijan has launched a major military offensive up and down the Line of Contact.
Photos: Hakob Poghosyan