The BBC spoke with a Syrian mercenary of the National Army mercenaries on the line of fire between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and this mercenary called himself a pseudonym "Abdullah".
The mercenary lives in a military gathering of the Azerbaijani army on the border with Armenia, in which strict control was imposed on the mercenaries residing there.
The mercenary told the network: "Last week, Saif Abu Bakr, commander of the Hamzah Division of the Syrian National Army, suggested that we go to Azerbaijan to guard military points on the borders for a monthly fee of up to $ 2,000."
According to the mercenary, they were transferred from northern Syria to the village of Hor Kilis in Turkey, “and there we looted members of the National Army of all our money, phones and clothes, so that our identity is not recognized.” Abdullah managed to recover his phone again in order to communicate with his family.
Abdullah adds: “After that, we were transferred to the airport in Gaziantep in southern Turkey, where we took a flight of one hour and forty minutes to Istanbul airport, and then we were transferred via Azeri Airlines to Azerbaijan, and we found ourselves in a military post on the border, and there was no war at the time ... ".
"Suddenly we are in the line of fire."
Days later, Abdullah was surprised that he was on the front line, saying: “They loaded us into troop carriers, we were wearing Azeri uniforms, and each of us was armed with a single weapon (Kalashnikov) . The car stopped and we were surprised that we were on the line of fire. We did not even know where the enemy was, when they started. We were bombed. The young men started crying in fear and wanted to return to their residence. Then a shell fell next to us, killing four Syrians and wounding three others. "
Abdullah added, "In the military gathering in which he resides, he saw the bodies of ten Syrians, while seventy others were injured, without access to the necessary health care."
He adds, "After the war began, we tried to inform the leaders here that we wanted to return to Syria, but they prevented us. We were threatened with long prison terms if we did not go to fight on the fronts ..."