Several incidents involving casualties have been reported in the last twenty-four hours on the line of contact separating Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. Armenian sources say that two Armenian soldiers were killed, one close to Nagorno-Karabakh territory and one near the region of Ararat. Meanwhile Azerbaijani media sources say that a number of civilians were injured in the village of Alibeyli in the Tovuz Region of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone as a result of Armenian weapon fire. The injured are in a stable condition and there has been no report of the incident from the Armenian side. The village of Alibeyli has been the scene of other similar incidents in recent months.
A raft of issues are complicating relations between long time allies Turkey and the United States. But both sides continue using diplomatic back-channels to get as many concessions as possible from each other without fatally harming bilateral relations, argues Benyamin Poghosyan in this op-ed