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Geopolitics

At Least 80 Feared Dead In Afghanistan Landslide

BBC NEWS (United Kingdom), PAJHWOK (Afghanistan)

PUL-I-KHUMRI – A dramatic landslide killed at least 80 people in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan.

The landslide was the result of two successive earthquakes that were felt as far as Kabul, 105 miles away. "A quake measuring 5.4 struck the Hindu Kush region, followed by a 5.7 aftershock that jolted central, northern and northwestern Afghanistan," Afghan news agency Pajhwok reports. The landslide caused part of a mountain to collapse, completeley burying the remote village.

Baghlan Provincial Council Member Haji Wakil told BBC News that "the mountain was too big and strong and the houses were made of mud ... There is silence and silence alone."

The UN is helping local authorities and bulldozers are already at work to recover bodies. Out of 23 houses, only one is still standing and there is little hope of finding survivors. "In 2002, an earthquake in the same province killed more than 2,000 people," says the BBC.

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The Nagorno-Karabakh Debacle: Bad News For Putin Or Set Up For A Coup In Armenia?

It's been a whirlwind 24 hours in the Armenian enclave, whose sudden surrender is reshaping the power dynamics in the volatile Caucasus region, leaving lingering questions about the future of a region long under the Russian sphere of influence.

Low-angle shot of three police officers standing in front of the Armenian Government Building in Yerevan on Sept. 19

Police officers stand in front of the Armenian Government Building in Yerevan on Sept. 19

Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

It happened quickly, much faster than anyone could have imagined. It took the Azerbaijani army just 24 hours to force the Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh to surrender. The fighting, which claimed about 100 lives, ended Wednesday when the leaders of the breakaway region accepted Baku's conditions.

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Thus ends the self-proclaimed "Republic of Artsakh" β€” the name that the separatists gave to Nagorno-Karabakh.

How can we explain such a speedy defeat, given that this crisis has been going on for nearly three decades and has already triggered two high-intensity wars, in 1994 and 2020? The answer is simple: the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh backed themselves into a corner.

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