Mercenaries, extremists and islamist fighters in the Karabakh war : How international terrorist networks penetrated Post-Soviet Azerbaijan
The book includes well-grounded facts that go far in explaining how terrorist structures emerged and developed in the Caucasus region. Part 1 examines Turkey’s political, diplomatic, and military support to Azerbaijan. Part 2 tells about the actual role of mercenaries in the Karabagh war. Summing up this ground-breaking study, the author concludes that the political elite of Azerbaijan repeatedly tried to employ the factor of ethnic and religious solidarity to gain external support, in particular from Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Chechnya. The recruitment of foreign mercenaries and terrorists to fight in Karabagh on the Azeri side “was constant and extensive,” despite the applicable international law prohibiting the use of mercenaries.