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Nagorno Karabakh Fighting Flares

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This could get ugly quick:

Fighting that was reported to be fierce broke out on Sunday between Azerbaijan and Armenia and quickly escalated with the two sides claiming action with artillery, helicopter and tanks along a disputed border.

The military action centered on the breakaway province of Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous area north of Turkey and Iran where ethnic tensions and historical grievances have made kindling for conflict for decades.

The fighting on Sunday, however, was reportedly more severe than the typical periodic border skirmishes, and both governments used military language describing the events as war. Before Sunday, the last major escalation was in 2016. Each sides accused the other of using artillery against civilians.

Armenia is thought to have substantial personnel and terrain advantages, while Azerbaijan has significantly bulked up its military tech in recent years. Russia has a strong incentive to get this shut down as quickly as possible, Turkey less so. Iran and even Israel are also peripheral players. Complicated situation that I’m sure Jared will be adding to his responsibilities in the next few hours…

This gonna get lit:

https://twitter.com/armenia/status/1310165919344320513
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