Chronicle of the Patriotic War: October 21

In response to the large-scale provocations committed by Armenian armed forces along entire length of the front, the Azerbaijani Army on September 27, 2020, launched a counter-offensive which then dubbed as “Iron Fist”. The 44-day war has put an end to the almost thirty years of occupation and ensured the restoration of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. The bright victory achieved under leadership of the Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev has been written in the history of Azerbaijan in golden letters.

Minjivan settlement and Khurama, Khumarli, Sari Babayli, Ucunju Aghali, Hajalli, Girakh Mushlan, Udgun, Turabad, Ichari Mushlan, Malikli, Jahangirbayli, Baharli villages of Zangilan district were liberated from occupation. President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev made a post on his official Twitter account in this regard.
Azerbaijani Army liberated Gejagozlu, Ashaghi Seyidahmadli, Zargar villages of Fuzuli district, and Balyand, Papi, Tulus, Hajili, Tinli villages of Jabrayil district from occupation. President Ilham Aliyev made a post on his official Twitter account in this regard.
President Ilham Aliyev was interviewed by Japan’s Nikkei newspaper.
According to the ministry, as a result of the operations carried out by the Azerbaijani Army, the defending units of the 18th motorized rifle division of the Armenian armed forces in Jabrayil and Gubadli directions of the front were forced to withdraw, losing personnel and military vehicles.
Azerbaijan Air Defense units determined and destroyed three more tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and a UAV of the Armenian armed forces in the Horadiz direction.
Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Defense released a video footage reflecting inflicting artillery strikes on the Armenian armed forces at the day and night time.
Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense released a video footage of another military equipment both left by Armenians on the battlefield while fleeing and destroyed by the units of the Azerbaijan Army.
As a result of the actions taken by the Azerbaijan Army during the combat operations in Jabrayil direction of the front, a battalion of the 556th regiment of the Armenian armed forces was forced out of action. Most of the battalion's military personnel, consisting of about 400 contract servicemen, were disabled.
According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, as many as 63 civilians were killed and 298 others wounded as a result of Armenian military attacks on Azerbaijan’s residential settlements from September 27.



On September 27, 2020, the Armenian armed forces carried out a large-scale provocation and subjected the positions of the Azerbaijani Army in the frontline zone and human settlements to intensive fire from weapons, mortars and other artillery devices. As a result, in order to prevent the combat activeness of the Armenian army and ensure the security of civilians, the Azerbaijani Army Command decided to launch a counter-attack operation across the frontline. The confrontations escalated quickly and turned into the Second Karabakh War.

During the 44-day war with the Republic of Armenia, Jabrayil was liberated on October 4, Fuzuli - on October 17, Zangilan - on October 20, Gubadli - on October 25 and Shusha - on November 8. In accordance with the statement signed in Moscow, starting from 01:00 Baku time, November 10, it was declared that the military operations in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone were completely terminated, until December 1, Armenia would withdraw from the Azerbaijani territories around Nagorno-Karabakh, and the construction of new transport communications connecting Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic with Azerbaijan's western regions would be ensured.

On November 20, 2020, Aghdam was liberated, on November 25 - Kalbajar, on December 1 - Lachin.

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