The allegation that Turkey has sent Syrians to fight in the Caucasus region is troubling, but not unbelievable.
It appears that Armenia and Azerbaijan’s south Caucasus conflict is going international once again. Since last Sunday, September 27, the two nations’ militaries have traded blows over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, killing at least 100 people, including civilians. Armenia’s Ministry of Defense has claimed that the Azeri military is now employing long-range artillery and threatened to escalate its own military operations. Turkey and Russia have rushed in to support their preferred sides in the conflict, and Armenia has accused the Turkish military of shooting down one of its fighter jets and deploying Syrian mercenaries to fight on behalf of Azerbaijan, claims both nations have denied.