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Azerbaijan says it seized Nagorno-Karabakh’s 2nd-largest city

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said on Sunday his country’s forces had taken Shusha, the second-largest city in the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. Armenian officials immediately denied the claim. If accurate, this would be a major strategic victory over the region’s ethnic Armenian forces.

“With great pride and joy, I inform you that the town of Shusha has been liberated,” Aliyev said in a televised address to the nation, as Armenian officials reported that “heavy fighting” for the city continues. Aliyev said November 8 would “go down in the history of the Azerbaijani people” as the day “we returned to Shusha”.

News source ~ Aljazeera