Up to now there have been no attempts in academic circles to systematize or analyze documents and evidence concerning the recruitment of Chechen and Afghan mercenaries in the Karabakh War. In this regard, this volume is unique. The author believes that facts presented in this book speak for themselves in terms of how terrorist structures emerged and developed in the Caucasus, and why Azerbaijani and Turkish government agencies patronize and regulate their activities.
The struggle of Karabakh Armenians for self-determination and self-preservation is often considered as an attempt to secession. The Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh, however, has been forced to fight not only against regular Azeri troops, which tried to expel Armenians from their homeland, but also against an impressive number of foreign mercenaries recruited by Azerbaijani authorities for the military operations. Later on, it became clear that some of the mercenaries joined the ranks of international terrorist organizations.