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Azerbaijan conducts joint military drills with Turkey amid border conflict with Armenia

Turkey and Azerbaijan are conducting joint military drills amid ongoing clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Al Monitor reported.

Turkey sent US-made F-16 fighter jets to Azerbaijan for joint exercises, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry announced today. The joint military drills began Wednesday and involve planes and helicopters throughout Azerbaijan, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Border clashes erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan last month in the Tavush-Tovuz area; Azerbaijan’s Tovuz region is home to a strategic energy pipeline.

The flare-up is part of a wider territorial dispute between the two Caucasus nations known as the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The area is disputed between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and there have been several skirmishes there since the end of the Soviet Union.

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