Azerbaijani agency found Iskander debris ordinance; media backlash 

Azerbaijan unveils Iskander debris ordinance the agency claims is M-variant; media backlash ensues

By | Rachel Brooks

April 17, 2021 

Image: “Landmines” by skpy is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Karabakh is riddled with landmines and other ordinance of war such as that pictured above. In recent news, ANAMA claims to have found M-variant Iskander missile pieces. 

On Friday, Eurasianet, a frequent critic of the Azerbaijani government, posted back-to-back coverage of Azerbaijan’s recent discovery of a payload of Iskander missile debris in the Karabakh’s liberated territories. Eurasianet reported 

Azerbaijan’s media campaign launched on April 2 detailed the mine and missile ordinance discovered by the mine-clearing agency ANAMA was referred to by Eurasianet as an “infowar salvo.” The campaign Eurasianet referred to was a report released by ANAMA and the APA Azerbaijan news that detailed the discovery of Iskander missile debris. The Iskander missiles were used by Armenia against Azerbaijan during the Karabakh conflict. Eurasianet stated that the report from Azerbaijan added “spicy” accusations as the ANAMA uncovered the M-variant of Iskander missiles. Armenia was previously known to have E-variant missiles, but M-variant has been known only to be used in Russia. The news outlet then accused Azerbaijan of “seemingly coordinating” a PR campaign against Moscow by releasing a report that M-variant were found, after the months of tit-for-tat rhetoric over controversial missiles between Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijan’s government. 

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The remains of the Iskander M-Variant were reportedly discovered in Shusha, see Qazet.  The report stated that the missile remnants were found in two different places on March 15. The missile pieces were discovered during the regional cleaning process in Shusha. 

Ismayilov stated that the ANAMA agency had discovered and researched the 9M723 index code on the missile remains.

“It has been found out that it is remains of “Iskander” missile. These remains are at a distance of 780 meters from each other. It has been concluded as a result of the last investigations that it is an “Iskander-M” missile,” said Ismayilov, as he was quoted by Qazet. Research was being conducted in the general vicinity where the shrapnel with the distinguishable index code was said to have been found.

“It was revealed that these were remains of the ‘Iskander’ missile. The remnants are 780 meters apart from each other. Recent investigations concluded that this is an ‘Iskander-M’ missile. Preliminary research is underway around the site of the explosion,” Ismayilov was also quoted by Azerbaycan 24 News.

Heated politicization and debate over missiles and mines continue as the cleaning and restoration process continues in the liberated territories.

Azerbaijani citizens call on Armenia to release maps of the mine ordinance left behind in the liberated territory, as civilian casualties continue to occur even after the firing has ended.