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Turkey-Azerbaijan joint military drills continue

Air and ground forces of both countries taking part in exercises in Azerbaijan

Ruslan Rehimov   | 02.08.2020
Turkey-Azerbaijan joint military drills continue

BAKU 

Joint military exercises, which began on July 29 with the participation of Turkey and Azerbaijan's air and ground forces, are continuing.

“Another stage of the Azerbaijani-Turkish Live-Fire Joint Large-Scale Tactical Exercises held in our country in accordance with the Agreement on Military Cooperation was conducted,” Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

“According to the plan, the efficiency and coordination of tasks, the organization of interoperability, the logistic support in the course of combat operations, as well as the effectiveness of military personnel activity and the use of weapons and military equipment were checked,

“Motorized rifle and armored units [...] completed the assigned tasks,” it added.

Meanwhile, Turkey's Ministry of National Defense shared a nearly two-minute-long video footage of the drills, with the caption: “The TurAz Eagle Exercise, jointly conducted by the Turkish Armed Forces and the Azerbaijan Armed Forces, continues successfully as planned."

Air combat drills, involving jets and helicopters, will continue in Baku, Nakhchivan, Ganja, Kurdamir, and Yevlakh until Aug. 10.

Ground exercises, meanwhile, are being held in Baku and Nakhchivan until Aug. 5 with artillery, armored vehicles, and mortars striking simulated targets.

Joint military exercise of Turkish and Azerbaijani Army

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - AUGUST 01: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY – MANDATORY CREDIT - " TURKISH DEFENSE MINISTRY / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Soldiers take part in the joint military exercise of Turkish and Azerbaijani Army in Baku, Azerbaijan on August 01, 2020. ( TURKISH DEFENSE MINISTRY / HANDOUT - Anadolu Agency ) 

The exercises come on the heels of a recent attack by Armenia on Azerbaijani troops in the northwestern Tovuz border region. At least 11 Azerbaijani soldiers -- including a major general and a colonel -- were martyred.

Azerbaijan blamed Armenia for the "provocative" actions, with Ankara throwing its weight behind Baku, and warning Yerevan that it would not hesitate to stand against any kind of attack on its eastern neighbor.

Upper Karabakh, an internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan, is under illegal Armenian occupation since 1991.

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