Karabakh is Azerbaijan!

Ilham Aliyev

Demir Yumruq

44 Steps to Victory

The Patriotic War Chronicles

27 September

27 September

Years of inconclusive negotiations and the bellicose stance of the occupying side wore the patience and the national pride of the Azerbaijani people thin. The Patriotic War started to set our occupied lands free. Everyone in the country had faith that the day would arrive sooner or later and was ready for it. The President addressed the people, convened the Security Council, and signed the decree on declaring Martial Law. Our army broke through the enemy lines, liberating 6 villages on the first day. The entire nation came together around the Army and the Commander-in-Chief as a single beating heart, a single fist… Soon, this fist would transform into the Iron Fist, manifestation of the will, perseverance, and determination of Azerbaijan… 


28 September

28 September

The morning of the 2nd day dawned with the liberation of several advantageous heights in Talish Village, Tartar District. President, Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev announced partial mobilization in the country. The enemy resorted to opening fired at civilians in residential areas. Our army extended the offense, liquidating several high-ranking officers of the enemy. The enemy had no way of knowing it was just the beginning and there were 42 more days of determination… 

The Course of the War

History of the War

Thirty Years’ Occupation
In the late 1980s, Armenia began ethnic provocations and terror acts, openly claiming historical territories of Azerbaijan. Taking advantage of the waning authority of the USSR central government, they advanced into action to annex the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO) with Armenia. Thus started one of the most tragic conflicts of the 20th century.In late 1987, the Armenian SSR started brutally deporting Azerbaijanis from their historical lands in the Gafan Region. In 1988-1989, Azerbaijanis in different cities and regions of Armenia faced the same fate. Over 250,000 Azerbaijanis in Armenia were forcibly expelled from their historical lands, while 216 brutally killed, another 1,154 injured. They took refuge in Azerbaijan to save themselves from Armenian violence.Until 1988, Azerbaijanis had been living compactly in the territories of Armenia. However, unlike the case of Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Soviet government did not grant an autonomous status within the Armenian S

Impending War

Happenings on the Eve of the War
Azerbaijan tried to stay true to the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict until the very last moment. In the 26 years since the ceasefire agreement of 1994, Azerbaijan has not once resorted to any sort of provocation to disrupt the negotiations. However, Armenia did quite the opposite. The growing military, political and diplomatic provocations by Armenia in recent years are what made the war inevitable.2016: The Four-Day April War In early 2016 when the sides were discussing substantial plans to resolve the conflict, Armenia once again turned to military provocation, opening fire at densely populated areas along the contact line, including schools, hospitals and places of worship on 2 April, which killed 6 civilians, including children, and seriously injured another 33.In turn, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces retaliated in kind and liberated over two thousand hectares of occupied territories of Fuzuli, Jabrayil and the former Agdere region as a result of a successful counterattac


Azerbaijani Army destroyed and salvaged from the battlefield 125 artillery cannons, 366 tanks, 7 S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, over 50 other antiaircraft missile systems, 522 trucks and other equipment of the Armenian army.
9K38 ‘Igla’ man-portable surface-to-air missile system

Calibre: 72 mm

Length: 1680 mm

Missile weight: 10.6 kg

Warhead weight: 1.3 kg

‘Shilka’ anti-aircraft weapon system

Mass: 21 tonne

Length: 6535 mm

Width: 3125 mm

Height: 2.576-3.572 mm


‘Osa’ surface-to-air missile system

Mass: 17.5 tonne

Weapons of Victory

Military equipment is the backbone of modern warfare. The victory our army recorded on the battlefield was the combination of various military technology and equipment and the ability to use it. These traditional and modern-day weapons will have a special place in the history of our victory.