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The Azerbaijan Army Today
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Mais Istanbuli
18 Jun 2013

The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan was formed on June 26, 1918 and consists of the army, air force and air defense forces, and naval forces. The modern Azerbaijani army was established in 1993, during the Nagorno-Karabakh war, on the basis that urban militias were associated with local self-defense groups.

In 1998, the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan amounted to more than 72,000 people. The Army (55,600 men and officers) had 245 tanks, 335 armored combat vehicles, about 300 field artillery pieces, missile systems, mortars, and more than 60 air defense missile systems. Air Force and Air Defense Forces (10.4 million people) had 37 combat air-crafts, 15 combat helicopters, and 100 air defense missile systems. The navy (2.2 million people) had 39 combat ships and boats. In 2005, the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan had 95 thousand personnel, including the Army, Air Defense, and the Navy. By 2010, the size of the armed forces reduced to 66,940 personnel.

Since September 1999, the Azerbaijani military has been exercising peacekeeping in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The army's main international partners include Turkey, Ukraine, Pakistan, Israel, Slovenia, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

In 1988, a war started between Armenians and Azerbaijanis in the Caucasus region, which was fueled by inter-communal conflict that took place the preceding year. By December 1988, most Armenians and Azerbaijanis were involved in the conflict, as it transformed from a local problem in Nagorno-Karabakh to an "open inter-ethnic confrontation", according to AN Yamskov.

Between 1991-1994, the conflict led to large-scale military action for control of Nagorno-Karabakh and some surrounding territories. On May 5, 1994, a ceasefire agreement, the Bishkek Protocol, was signed between Armenia and the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, on one hand, and Azerbaijan, on the other hand.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (4 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A group of soldiers build bypass trenches on the front lines facing the Armenian armed forces in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (3 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A minefield in front the Armenian military foothold in Karabakh, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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Syrian Refugees come under fire as th...
Kilis, Turkey
By info
11 Apr 2012

Kilis-Turkey | April 11, 2012

Hasan Yetmez

Four Syrian refugees from the Oncupinar Refugee Camp, close to the Syrian border, attempted to cross through fields reportedly containing landmines in order to reach Syria. They reported that Syrian Army snipers fired at them from the Es Selamet Minaret on the border. The refugees returned and asked for assistance from Turkish journalists.

They told the journalists that they had not been able to speak with their family for five months, and that they had decided to return home to fight for freedom because they feared for their families at home in Syria. The journalists tried to convince them to return to the Refugee camp, but they insisted on finding a way home.

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Syrian Refugees come under fire as th...
Kilis, Turkey
By info
11 Apr 2012

Kilis-Turkey | April 11, 2012

Hasan Yetmez

Four Syrian refugees from the Oncupinar Refugee Camp, close to the Syrian border, attempted to cross through fields reportedly containing landmines in order to reach Syria. They reported that Syrian Army snipers fired at them from the Es Selamet Minaret on the border. The refugees returned and asked for assistance from Turkish journalists.

They told the journalists that they had not been able to speak with their family for five months, and that they had decided to return home to fight for freedom because they feared for their families at home in Syria. The journalists tried to convince them to return to the Refugee camp, but they insisted on finding a way home.

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Syrian Refugees come under fire as th...
Kilis, Turkey
By info
11 Apr 2012

Kilis-Turkey | April 11, 2012

Hasan Yetmez

Four Syrian refugees from the Oncupinar Refugee Camp, close to the Syrian border, attempted to cross through fields reportedly containing landmines in order to reach Syria. They reported that Syrian Army snipers fired at them from the Es Selamet Minaret on the border. The refugees returned and asked for assistance from Turkish journalists.

They told the journalists that they had not been able to speak with their family for five months, and that they had decided to return home to fight for freedom because they feared for their families at home in Syria. The journalists tried to convince them to return to the Refugee camp, but they insisted on finding a way home.

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Libya (4 of 40)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
13 Jun 2011

A volunteer uncovers an anti-personnel mine in a minefield in a large open area just east of Misrata, Libya, 13 June 2011. The field, initially laid to protect artillery pieces belonging to forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, was discovered by rebels when an unfortunate camel detonated one of the mines. GEORGE HENTON.