For three days, Baku became a stage for the immortal creations of one of the greatest poets and masters of all times, Nizami Ganjavi. As the year 2021 is the year of Nizami Ganjavi in Azerbaijan, the first Baku Festival of Lights was dedicated to the life and work of the author.
The aim of the festival was to unravel Nizami’s creative ideas in vivid visual images, expressing the philosophical subtext of the works.
The festival program included miniatures dedicated to the poems of “Khamsa” and came to life on the facade of the Nizami Museum of Azerbaijani Literature.
Within the framework of the festival, the era in which Nizami lived and worked was presented through his poems. During the 3D mapping show, miniatures of the “Khamsa” were shown, and each of the seven was presented in its own color palette, with effects and musical accompaniment.
By order of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev, activities continue to increase the combat capability of the Azerbaijani army. On October 19, Defense Minister Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov and other senior officials of the ministry visited the newly created operational commando military unit, Report has learned from the Defense Ministry.
Having met with veterans of the Patriotic War invited to the opening ceremony, the defense minister inquired about their problems and wishes.
Then a ceremony of handing over berets to the personnel, who had undergone a long Commando Training Course in Turkey took place.
Berets were handed over to the servicemen, who were trained taking into account the experience gained in the Patriotic War.
Speaking at the ceremony, the defense minister noted that such training courses, which have made a great contribution to the improvement of the professionalism of the servicemen of the Azerbaijani army, will be continued.
Having examined the training center on the territory of the military unit, the minister watched the performances of the commandos.
Turkey’s TRT Haber TV channel prepared a video report from Azerbaijan’s Zangilan district, liberated from the Armenian occupation during the 44-day Second Karabakh War.
The report highlights the ongoing construction of the first ‘smart village’ in Zangilan district.
There will be post offices, healthcare centers, a police department and agricultural plots in the 200-house ‘smart village’. The houses in the village will be able to produce their own electricity with solar energy.
According to the report, within the framework of the project, 4 main roads will be built in order to provide transportation to the village.
Furthermore, a victory square will be established on the territory of the village to honor the memory of the Azerbaijani heroes, who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Zangilan district, says the report.
The construction of Zangilan Airport continues, 5 kilometers from the ‘smart village’. Work on the village is planned to be completed by the end of the year.
More than 30 years of tension and violence in the South Caucasus affected the lives of thousands of people. Nobody knows how many people have lost their lives.
Both nations are gripped with the pain of loss. Civilians, mostly Azerbaijanis, have suffered the most from this war and they were abandoned by the international community.
This documentary aims to highlight how years of war impacted Azerbaijan’s civilians. It is the story of a conflict that left a deep scar on the soul of a nation.
In line with the Reconciliation Plan of the Nakhchivan Garrison Troops for the 2021 academic year, command training sessions were held for the battalion, division commanders, and their deputies.
As the Defense Ministry told Report, the main focus of the commander’s training was to maintain the moral and psychological stability of officers, which is the basis of commander’s qualities, and to improve the management skills of the units.
The officers were trained in reconnaissance, tactical, topography, and communication skills, including the rules of seasonal maintenance of equipment. The physical training, knowledge, and skills of the officers involved in the command training were checked.
At the end of the training, it was noted that positive results were achieved in improving the skills of the officers in commanding the units as well as in their ability to use various weapons systems plus newly introduced military equipment.
Turkey has detained eight individuals including two Iranian spies over a plot to kidnap a former Iranian soldier, security sources said Wednesday, in the latest espionage case threatening to roil relations between the two neighboring regional powers, according to Daily Sabah.
The two alleged spies were detained as they plotted to kidnap and forcibly repatriate a former Iranian military official from the eastern Turkish province Van, an official also told AFP.
Six local “collaborators” were also arrested in operations conducted jointly by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and the national police, the official said.
The official did not disclose the suspects’ identities or the reasons for their attempted kidnap of the former Iranian military official.
Turkey and Iran have historically close economic relations but occasionally find themselves on opposite sides of regional conflicts, including in Syria.
In February, Turkey briefly detained an employee of the Iranian consulate in Istanbul in connection with a probe into the assassination of an Iranian dissident in Turkey in 2019.
The Azerbaijani village of Lahij lies in a gorge of the Nial mountains, about a three-hour drive west of Baku. Its narrow cobbled streets, houses made of stones from the river, workshops and stores look just as they did centuries ago.
Lahij has long been known as the village of artisans. Crafts including leather production and carpet weaving are practiced there. However, it is the coppersmiths that made Lahij famous. Highly ornamental, locally manufactured copperware is the symbol of this small village.
Kebleyi Aliyev is a coppersmith who lives and works in Lahij. He tells us that his workshop is 300 years old. It was opened in 1725 and is still operational today. His great grandfathers, uncles, their children and all his ancestors have laboured in his workshop. Kebleyi himself has worked there since he was five years old and now at the age of 50, he explains that his children will be the 8th generation of his family to work there.
An ancient craft
Copper manufacturing is one of the oldest forms of metalwork. The practice of forming and decorating copperware dates back thousands of years, to not long after people first learned how to extract this metal from the ground.
The methods and practices of this craft have changed little over the years. Local coppersmiths still use traditional tools like sledgehammers and chisels. It’s hard work that requires strength, stamina, and patience.
Haji Aliyev is another copper artisan. He deals with the decoration and ornamentation of tableware after Kebleyi has shaped the dishes from raw copper and covered them with a layer of tin. He explains that each dish is unique, “you can’t keep applying the same pattern to every dish.”
His inspiration comes from the dishes themselves. The only tool he uses is a chisel. He doesn’t even trace or outline a drawing before he begins, he imagines it in his mind before he starts inscribing.
Today, copper tableware made in Lahij is on display in some of the world’s most famous museums, including the Louvre in Paris and it’s highly valued locally too. As Kamal Aliyev, the director of the Lahij State Historical and Cultural Reserve says, they know that copper art in Lahij dates back centuries. There is evidence that tableware was even made there in the 11th century. “Apart from that, in the various regions of Azerbaijan, archaeologists have discovered copper coins that were manufactured in Lahij during the Middle Ages”, he adds.
In 2015, copper craftsmanship was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The authoritative Colombian TV program Testigo Directo aired a reportage “Azerbaijani Odyssey – Mines destroy peace” of well-known journalist Roberto Trobajo on the Armenian minefields in the liberated areas and the demining work carried out by Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Embassy in Mexico told Report.
The program says that ignoring UN Security Council resolutions, Armenia has carried out massive minefields in the territories of Azerbaijan, which it has kept under occupation for almost 30 years, as a result, about 150 Azerbaijani military and civilian Azerbaijanis were killed and wounded in the 11 months since the end of hostilities.
The author draws parallels between the problems that Colombia and Azerbaijan faced, the issue of mass mining of their territories, noting that in Colombia, guerrilla groups carried out mass mining in the same way over large areas of the country. At the same time, just as these illegal groups in Colombia refused to provide the government with a map of minefields, the Armenian government has rejected giving a map of areas mined en masse in Azerbaijan, leading to civilian life casualties in both Colombia and Azerbaijan.
Thus, the mass mining of Azerbaijani lands has long been denied by Pashinyan, and in the end, high-ranking Armenian servicemen confessed to the crime of war.
The reportage presents the statements of Deputy FM Elnur Mammadov, MFA Spokeswoman Leyla Abdullayeva and Azerbaijani Ambassador to Mexico Mammad Talibov that the massive mining carried out by Armenia in the liberated territories has seriously hampered the restoration of housing infrastructure in the region and the return of Azerbaijani IDPs to their homes and the international community should put pressure on Armenia to submit a mine map.
In conclusion, the program noted that despite the existing obstacles, the Azerbaijani government had made significant progress in clearing the area of mines for the return of their compatriots to their homes as soon as possible and is implementing large-scale projects to restore housing infrastructure in the region.
Three civilians were killed, and ten others were injured in a car bomb blast by the PKK / YPG terrorist group in Syria’s Afrin region on the border with Turkey, the governor’s office of Hatay province of Turkey said, Report informs, citing TRT Haber.
The injured were taken to a local hospital. The incident is being investigated.
Turkish Armed Forces are conducting an “Operation Olive Branch” in Afrin.
One year has passed since the Armenian Armed Forces launched the fourth rocket attack on Ganja, the second-largest city in Azerbaijan, during the Patriotic War.
Report says that the city center was hit by a ballistic missile on October 11, 2020, at around 02.00 am.
Thus, despite the announcement of the humanitarian ceasefire on October 10, the Armenian army continued to intensively fire on Azerbaijani settlements.
Armenia once again targeted civilians in the ancient city of Ganja. Nine people, including four women, were killed, and 35 were wounded as a result of the rocket attack on apartment buildings. One of the injured later died at the hospital.
Moreover, over 10 apartment buildings and more than 100 different facilities were damaged.
The Prosecutor General’s Office of Azerbaijan has launched a criminal case under the relevant articles of the Criminal Code in connection with the shelling of Ganja.
The moment of the rocket fire on Ganja was recorded by the surveillance camera of the Ministry of Emergency Situations.
During the Second Karabakh War, the Armenian Armed Forces attacked Ganja 5 times (October 4, 5, 8, 11, 17) with rockets and heavy artillery. As a result, 26 people were killed, 175 were injured, and civilian infrastructure and vehicles in the city were severely damaged.
It should be noted that 93 civilians, including 12 children and 27 women, were killed, 454 were injured, 12,292 residential and non-residential areas, 288 vehicles, and 1,018 farms were damaged in the Second Karabakh War.
Another graduation ceremony of the course for long-term active military service members was held in the Training and Education Center of the Azerbaijani Army, Report informs, citing the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan.
First, the ceremony commemorated the memory of the national leader Heydar Aliyev, and Martyrs fallen for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan with a minute of silence.
The military orchestra performed the National Anthem of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
During the ceremony, the speakers congratulated the graduates on completing the course and wished them success in their future service.
The graduates promised to apply the knowledge and practical skills gained during the course in the service, to fullfil the assigned tasks conscientiously, and to protect Azerbaijan with dignity.
Graduates successfully completing the course were awarded certificates.
Then there was a solemn passage of graduates in front of the podium.
At the end of the ceremony, a photo was taken.
In accordance with the plan for the coordination of the troops of the Nakhchivan garrison for the 2021 academic year and the agreement on military cooperation, signed between Azerbaijan and Turkey, joint tactical exercises with live shooting as part of “Indestructible Brotherhood-2021” military drills were held in Nakhchivan with the participation of motorized rifle units, special forces and various types of troops of both countries.
Report informs that before the live-fire exercises, the commander of the Nakhchivan Separate Army, Colonel-General Karam Mustafayev, Commander of Turkey’s 3rd Army Colonel-General Yavuz Turkgenci and commanders of various types of troops examined the military-technical equipment in service.
Types of troops, Army Corps, formations, and units of the Azerbaijan Army have started supply work with the aim of preparing for the winter season.
Report informs, citing the Ministry of Defense, that in accordance with the autumn-winter seasons, the transition of weapons and equipment has been organized for the exploitation condition in the military units.
Supply of food, warm clothing and fuel reserves, weapons, and ammunition were delivered to the servicemen on duty in battle positions in accordance with the norm. The units deployed in the areas with high mountainous and harsh climatic conditions have been supplied with extra provisions.
Particular attention is paid to the preparation for the winter season and the supply of the Azerbaijan Army Units stationed in the liberated territories. The supply and provision of personnel will allow you to serve during the winter months without any problems and difficulties.
In order to provide uninterrupted service in harsh climates, mountainous areas, night and day, as well as to maintain a high level of combat readiness all necessary measures are being taken to further increase the combat capability of military units due to the transition to the winter season.
All military units are provided with fuel and lubricants, other necessary spare parts, and equipment in a centralized manner to ensure the uninterrupted and stable operation of weapons and equipment, including aircraft in the winter season. In accordance with the seasonal requirements, the fuel and lubricants of military equipment and military vehicles are changed to be ready for combat in the most difficult and cold climates.
Under the instructions of the Minister of Defense, First Deputy Minister of Defense – Chief of Staff of the Azerbaijan Army, Lieutenant General Karim Valiyev visited the military units of the engineer-sapper troops.
Report informs, citing the Ministry of Defense, that the Chief of General Staff inspected the combat readiness of the units and was informed about the improvement of personnel’s skills in the effective use of modern engineering machinery and equipment adopted into the engineer units.
Major General Anar Karimov briefed on the activities of engineer units.
It was noted that on the instructions of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the work on manning of the newly created engineering battalions is underway. Their training is carried out by specialists from fraternal Turkey in a high level.
It was emphasized that the engineer-sapper units continue to clear the liberated areas from mines and unexploded ordnance. It was noted that engineering work is being carried out to lay new roads in the direction of the positions of Azerbaijan Army Units stationed in terrain areas.
Then, at the training ground of the military unit, engineer-sappers demonstrated their training capabilities.
Relevant officials of the Defense Minister have been instructed to carry out engineering work in the liberated territories. In the end, a group of distinguished servicemen was awarded.