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Assad accuses Turkey of instigating Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

The hostilities have killed hundreds of people since late September.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is to blame for the deadliest round of fighting in decades between Armenian and Azerbaijan. 

Hundreds are dead following recent clashes between the two former Soviet republics in the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, a contested territory officially part of Azerbaijan but run by ethnic Armenians backed by Yerevan. The fighting is the deadliest since a yearslong war that killed 30,000 people ended in a Russian-brokered truce in 1994. 

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