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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse11 Jan 2021 9:12 p.m. PST

"There is a saying in Azerbaijan, the bigger your roof, the more snow falls on it. Last year, Azerbaijan's roof grew significantly larger when it emerged victorious from a 44-day war against Armenia for control of the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.

Both Azerbaijan and Armenia are nestled in the strategically important Caucasus Mountains, a region where Russia, Turkey, and Iran meet. Nagorno-Karabakh is a province whose very name exemplifies the tangled interests that have long vied for influence there: it's an appellation that combines Slavic, Turkic, and Farsi words. And although Azerbaijan is surely the main beneficiary of its successful campaign to reclaim territory it lost during the first Karabakh war in the 1990s, observers have asked the question: who among the outside powers of the region came out on top at the end of this most recent war?

Armenia's capitulation on Nov. 9 makes it the clear loser in the conflict. As Azerbaijani forces took Shusha, a major city deep in the Karabakh heartland, Russian President Vladimir Putin used his influence in both the Azerbaijani and Armenian capitals to broker a deal that halted the Azerbaijani offensive and left ethnic-Armenians in control of a much-reduced slice of the region. Armenia was forced to give up its claim not just to areas that it lost in fighting, but also to several other districts of Azerbaijan that surround Karabakh, which Armenians had controlled since 1994. These areas were at the heart of Azerbaijan's grievance against Armenia, because in the Soviet period they were populated mainly by ethnic-Azeris unlike Karabakh, which was and remained populated predominantly by ethnic-Armenians…"
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Legion 412 Jan 2021 9:22 a.m. PST

I'm sure the US military and others are looking how this happened. And maybe gleam some lessons learned.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse12 Jan 2021 10:11 a.m. PST

This is a prime example of what "they" say when they say "War doesn't solve anything!"
In this care, they're right. Now Armenia is angry and wants revenge.
This conflict isn't over by any means, and it's incumbent on the United States to NOT find any "vital national interests" there, despite what Kim Kardashian and Bill Belichik may say. Yes. There may be "injustice" there, but that doesn't make it our job to "fix" it.

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