During the exercises, the Special Forces professionally fulfilled tasks assigned at all stages.
The Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan Colonel General Zakir Hasanov watched the Command-Staff Exercises held in the Lachin district, according to the MoD.
Colonel-General Hasanov visited the exercises headquarters of the Land Forces and inspected the organization of activities.
Afterwards, the Minister heard the reports of the commanders and staff officers on the decisions made on the organization of activities during the operations on the map and the layout of the area at the command post deployed in field conditions.
It was noted that the exercises, held in mountain-wooded areas with difficult terrain, are focused on developing the knowledge of commanders and relevant officials, as well as management and agile decision-making skills.
The exercises were carried out applying modern control methods, and tasks were accomplished in coordination with other types of troops taking into account the combat experience gained in the Patriotic War.
According to the plan of the exercises, the units were raised on the alarm signal as well as captured the assembly areas and formed the groups. During the preparation for various levels of combat readiness, the personnel was trained to perform a variety of tasks in secret, and fast-moving environments.
The Minister of Defense gave relevant instructions on the control of the troops.
The tactical-special drills of the Special Forces, which was kicked off on the night of October 14, are continuing at night time in mountainous and rocky areas with difficult passages, Report informs, citing the Ministry of Defense.
The training is being carried out in accordance with the combat readiness plan for 2021 approved by the defense minister.
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was airlifted to a hospital, where she died, while a second person, named as director Joel Souza, was also injured
Report informs, citing The Guardian, that Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a movie set in an accident that killed a photography chief and injured a director, authorities in New Mexico have said.
A statement from the Santa Fe Sheriff’s office said Baldwin, who is acting in and producing the film Rust, had fired the prop gun in an incident on Thursday.
The statement said deputies were dispatched to the set around 2pm in Bonanza Creek Ranch when a 911 caller reported a shooting.
“The sheriff’s office confirms that two individuals were shot on the set of Rust. Halyna Hutchins, 42, director of photography and Joel Souza, 48, director, were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin, 68, producer and actor,” it said.
“Ms Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he is undergoing treatment for his injuries.”
“This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident.”
Juan Rios, from the Sheriff’s Office, told the Guardian: “Mr Baldwin came in voluntarily to speak with investigators and after speaking with them he left.”
A spokesperson for Baldwin said there was an accident on the set involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Baldwin was seen on Thursday outside the sheriff’s office in tears, but attempts to get comment from him were unsuccessful.
“According to investigators, it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged,” Rios told the Albuquerque Journal. “Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”
Today is the first anniversary of the liberation of the 132-kilometer section of the Azerbaijani-Iranian state border, which had been under the occupation of the Armenian Armed Forces for many years.
Report informs that the Agband settlement of the Zangilan district was liberated on October 22 last year.
Thus, with the liberation of settlement, full control of the state border of Azerbaijan and the Islamic Republic of Iran was ensured.
On this day last year, Azerbaijan President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev conveyed the good news to the people and congratulated them.
The Azerbaijani military, which liberated the Agband settlement and the Agband border post, reported this to Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev.
On the same day, along with Agband, Kollugishlag, Malatkeshin, Kand Zangilan, Genlik, Valigulubayli, Garadara, Chopadara, Tatar, Tiri, Amirkhanli, Gargulu, Bartaz, Dallakli villages of the Zangilan district, as well as Mollaveli, Yukhari Rafidinli, Ashagi Rafidinli of the Fuzuli district, and Sirik, Shikhlar, Mastalibeyli, Darzili villages of the Jabrayil district were cleared of the enemy.
Thus, on the instructions of the President, the State Border Service has created all the necessary security infrastructure in the liberated part of the Iranian-Azerbaijani border. The activity of border posts has been restored here.
Agband settlement, a part of the Vejnali village of the Zangilan administrative district, was occupied by the Armenian Armed Forces in 1993. The settlement is located on the bank of the Araz River, at the foot of Mount Agband. Its name is taken from this mountain.
Karabakh is Azerbaijan!
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.
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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.