Up Against the Border

Ethnic strife in the former Soviet Union threatens to involve Turkey

ARMENIANS AND AZERIS HAVE BEEN KILLING EACH other in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh at a rate of 500 a year since 1988. But until recently, the rest of the world saw the bloodbath in landlocked Karabakh as an internal conflict that had few if any ramifications beyond Soviet borders.

Not anymore. Last week Armenian fighters cut a six-mile corridor through Azerbaijan to link Karabakh to the Armenian republic, then launched an artillery assault on the Azeri territory of Nakhichevan, which borders Iran and Turkey. Washington, Moscow and Tehran all strongly condemned the surprisingly forceful Armenian military moves. And in Ankara...

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