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    Monte Melkonian

    Monte Melkonian (in Armenian: in TAO Մոնթէ Մելքոնեան, in RAO Մոնթե Մելքոնյան; sometimes simply referred to by just his first name Monte; November 25, 1957 – June 12, 1993) was a famed Armenian military commander in the Nagorno-Karabakh war. He is largely credited for major military victories against Azerbaijan from the late autumn of 1992 to his death in June 1993. Melkonian had no prior service record in any country's army before being placed in command of an estimated 4,000 men in the war. He had largely built his military experience beginning from the late 1970s and 1980s where he fought against the various splintering factions in the Lebanese Civil War, against Israeli troops in the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and was a member of the Armenian militant Marxist-Leninist organization ASALA.

    An Armenian-American, Melkonian left the United States and arrived in Iran in 1978 during the beginning of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, taking part in demonstrations against the Shah. Following the collapse of the Shah's monarchy in 1979, he traveled to Lebanon during the height of the civil war and served in an Armenia militia group in the Beirut suburb of Bourj Hammoud. In ASALA, he took part in the assassinations of several Turkish diplomats in Europe during the early to mid-1980s and was later arrested and sent to prison in France. In 1989, he was released and in the following year, acquired a visa to travel to Armenia.

    Throughout his tenure, Melkonian carried several different aliases including "Abu Sindi", "Saro", "Timothy Sean McCormack" and "Commander Avo"; the last of which was the name addressed by troops under his command in the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. He was killed by Azerbaijani troops on June 12, 1993 in Nagorno-Karabakh and was subsequently buried at Yerablur cemetery in Yerevan, Armenia. He is revered by Armenians as a national hero.

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    June 12, 1993 - Monte Melkonian Met Death On the Battlefield

    In the early morning the self-defense forces of the Martuni region of Nagorno Karabakh began an operation to destroy the military strongholds in the villages of the Aghdam region of Azerbaijan.

    Everything was going as planned. By noon the operation was over. Monte, Komitas, Saribek, Saro, Hovik, and Gevork entered the Marzili village riding in a Vilis.

    After examining the territory they were to determine the new positions. When they were approaching a crossroads they noticed an armored vehicle and stopped the Vilis. At a distance of 40 meters a group of soldiers gathered around the vehicle. Komitas, who was wearing an Azerbaijani military uniform, got out of the car and walked towards them. He called to them, “Are you Armenians?” They answered “No” in Azerbaijani. Komitas would later say that the moment he asked the question he knew they were enemy soldiers. He opened fire and retreated. The others jumped out the car and took positions, firing.

    The vehicle’s large-caliber machine-gun joined the enemy’s submachine gunners. During the first burst of gunfire, the men were lying on the ground. Monte rushed towards the wall of the nearest house. The second machine-gun burst resounded. It hit the wall… A large fragment of a shell pierced Monte’s head. Four of the men were already wounded. Holding Monte, Hovik called for help over the radio transmitter - 00 is shot, 00 is no more… They took position around their commander and continued to resist. The relief forces destroyed the Azerbaijani detachment, and took a prisoner. The reconnaissance chief, Saribek Martirosyan, was bleeding profusely and died as soon as they reached the hospital.

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      oxormi iran, it will take a long time till such a man stands up and leads our nation to victory. What could he have achieved if he had stayed a live. Hope the ones who killed our hero die a thousand deaths and may their souls burn in the deepest depths of hell
      You should never argue with idiots because they will just drag you down to their level....then beat you with experience!!!!!!!

      "I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" Voltaire

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        Originally posted by Federate View Post
        June 12, 1993 - Monte Melkonian Met Death On the Battlefield

        In the early morning the self-defense forces of the Martuni region of Nagorno Karabakh began an operation to destroy the military strongholds in the villages of the Aghdam region of Azerbaijan.

        Everything was going as planned. By noon the operation was over. Monte, Komitas, Saribek, Saro, Hovik, and Gevork entered the Marzili village riding in a Vilis.

        http://hetq.am/en/society/monte-2/
        If these circumstances are true then it was very careless of his officers to allow such an important Commander who had made many enemies to continue putting himself in harms way. There could have been more cover, or at least another unit in tow.


        Monte always felt like he had to be the first one to go through the door for his brothers and homeland.................a mark of a true Armenian warrior who knew the reality of the world.

        If I know my kind then there will always be Armenians with such caliber.
        B0zkurt Hunter

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          R.I.P. Avo jan!

          We have heroes like Avo, who gave the ultimate gift and dedicated their lives to our fatherland; on the other hand we have cowards who shoot heroes in their backs and sell our fatherland in the flea market.

          Another Artsakh hero is Dr. Stepan Gevorgyan, they’ve just sentenced him for 7 years in prison on a falls charges.
          Եւ մի տանիր զմեզ ի բորձութիւն
          Այլ փրկեա ի չարէ:

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            wow you have a lot of good rare pictures here!!

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              Originally posted by Eddo211 View Post
              If these circumstances are true then it was very careless of his officers to allow such an important Commander who had made many enemies to continue putting himself in harms way. There could have been more cover, or at least another unit in tow.


              Monte always felt like he had to be the first one to go through the door for his brothers and homeland.................a mark of a true Armenian warrior who knew the reality of the world.

              If I know my kind then there will always be Armenians with such caliber.
              Yes you are right there Eddo jan; for he died with the same dream in his heart what most of us have (dsovits dsov Hayasdan) that was and is my dream as well. "Mexk vor merav ays anmahagan mer herose, sagayn djishd es, mer azke ourish Montener al bedk e dseni yev bid dseni, vesdahapar"!!!
              Հա'յ ժողովուրդ, քո միա'կ բրկութիւնը քո հաւաքական ուժի մէջ է:

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                Originally posted by Yedtarts View Post
                R.I.P. Avo jan!

                We have heroes like Avo, who gave the ultimate gift and dedicated their lives to our fatherland; on the other hand we have cowards who shoot heroes in their backs and sell our fatherland in the flea market.

                Another Artsakh hero is Dr. Stepan Gevorgyan, they’ve just sentenced him for 7 years in prison on a falls charges.
                Yedtarts jan, who sentenced him for falls charges; not Artsax most surely, Yerevan then? It's too bad.
                Հա'յ ժողովուրդ, քո միա'կ բրկութիւնը քո հաւաքական ուժի մէջ է:

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                  Originally posted by Anoush View Post
                  Yedtarts jan, who sentenced him for falls charges; not Artsax most surely, Yerevan then? It's too bad.
                  It’s Serge Sarkisyan and his gang; they’ve made him the scapegoat of their corruptions.
                  Եւ մի տանիր զմեզ ի բորձութիւն
                  Այլ փրկեա ի չարէ:

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                    Originally posted by Yedtarts View Post
                    It’s Serge Sarkisyan and his gang; they’ve made him the scapegoat of their corruptions.
                    I don't understand these people - Instead of slowly getting rid of corruption, they're continuing and to our demise.
                    Հա'յ ժողովուրդ, քո միա'կ բրկութիւնը քո հաւաքական ուժի մէջ է:

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