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Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

The latest outburst of fighting between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces began Sept. 27 and marked the biggest escalation of the decades-old conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. The region lies in Azerbaijan but has been under control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since the end of a separatist war in 1994.

October 11, 2020

Explosions are seen behind the mountains during a military conflict outside Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The Azerbaijani army has closed in on a key town in the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh following more than a month of intense fighting.

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An Ethnic Armenian soldier holds a Kalashnikov machine gun as he looks toward Azerbaijan's positions from a dugout at a fighting position on the front line, during a military conflict against Azerbaijan's armed forces in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia's prime minister has urged citizens to sign up as military volunteers to help defend the country amid the conflict with Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh as intense fighting has raged for a fourth week with no sign of abating.

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An Ethnic Armenian soldier walks along a trench at a fighting position on the front line, during a military conflict against Azerbaijan's armed forces in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Ethnic Armenian soldiers stand at a fighting position on the front line, during a military conflict against Azerbaijan's armed forces in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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In this image taken from video released by Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry, Azerbaijan army soldiers fire an artillery piece during fighting with forces of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev said that to end hostilities Armenian forces must withdraw from Nagorno-Karabakh. He has insisted that Azerbaijan has the right to reclaim its territory by force after nearly three decades of international mediation yielded no progress.

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In this image taken from video released by Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry, Azerbaijan's army artillery fire during fighting with forces of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Smoke rises after an attack by Azerbaijan during military conflict in Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Yury Melkonyan, 64, sits in his house damaged by shelling from Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict in Shosh village outside Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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A man prays in the Holy Savior Cathedral damaged by shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict in Shushi, outside Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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A man fences off a tail of a multiple rocket after shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict in Shushi, outside Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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A neighbour comforts home owner, Lida Sarksyan, left, near her house destroyed by shelling from Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict in Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Men talk near a tail of a multiple rocket 'Smerch' after shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict in Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh despite a cease-fire deal brokered by Russia in an effort to end the worst outbreak of hostilities in decades.

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The scene of damage a day after shelling by Armenian's artillery during fighting over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Ganja, Azerbaijan.

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People look at the destroyed houses a day after shelling by Armenian's artillery during fighting over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Ganja, Azerbaijan.

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People look at the destroyed houses a day after shelling by Armenian's artillery during fighting over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Ganja, Azerbaijan.

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A woman sits in ruins of her house after shelling by Armenian's artillery during fighting over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Terter, Azerbaijan. Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a Russia-brokered cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh after two weeks of heavy fighting that marked the worst outbreak of hostilities in the separatist region in more than a quarter-century.

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A man stands in a balcony as he examines damage of his flat after shelling by Armenian's artillery during fighting over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Terter, Azerbaijan.

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A man examines damage of his flat after shelling by Armenian's artillery during fighting over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Terter, Azerbaijan.

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Electricians repair a power line damaged by shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery after the beginning of the cease-fire during military conflict in Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Eduard Chechyan gestures in the yard of his apartment building, destroyed by shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery, during a military conflict in Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Eduard Chechyan examines damage of his flat after shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict in Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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A man stands near an explosion crater near a school, after shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict in Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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In this image made from a video released by Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry, Azerbaijan's solders walk in a formation on a road during a military conflict in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh..

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Members of Azerbaijan's security forces, walk past remains of a missile, as they inspect the damage following an overnight missile attack by Armenian forces, in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan's second-largest city. The fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, continued with both sides accusing each other of launching attacks. The region lies in Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since the end of a separatist war in 1994.

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Damages are seen inside an apartment in a residential area after shelling during a military conflict in self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Stepanakert, Azerbaijan.

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A destroyed house damaged by shelling during fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in Terter, Azerbaijan. Armenia says the country is ready to discuss a cease-fire in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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A residential area that were allegedly damaged by shelling is seen during a military conflict in self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Stepanakert, Azerbaijan.

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In this photo taken from video released by the Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry, Azerbaijan's forces attack Armenian army's camp during fighting in the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. Armenia says the country is ready to discuss a cease-fire in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Heavy fighting this week between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces has killed dozens and left scores wounded.

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A view of debris in a backyard of the house after an Azerbaijan forces artillery attack in the town of Martuni, self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. Two French and two Armenian journalists have been injured in the South Caucasus separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, where heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces this week marked the biggest escalation in years of a decades-old conflict.

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This image taken from a video released by Armenian Defense Ministry an Armenian serviceman fires a cannon towards Azerbaijan positions at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. Clashes broke out Sunday in Nagorno-Karabakh, a region within Azerbaijan that has been controlled by ethnic Armenian forces backed by the Armenian government since the end of a separatist war a quarter-century ago.

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In this image taken from a footage released by Armenian Defense Ministry, Armenian forces destroy Azerbaijani military vehicle at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan has broken out around the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh and the Armenian Defense Ministry says two Azerbaijani helicopters have been shot down. Ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan also said Armenian forces hit three Azerbaijani tanks.

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