After the liberation of Shusha, the Artsakh self-defense forces would proceed to eliminate the enemy’s firing points in Akna (Aghdam) to ensure the security of Stepanakert and neighboring settlements.
Azerbaijani forces regularly bombarded Armenian settlements from artillery and Grad rocket systems stationed in Aghdam. In addition, Aghdam was an important communication hub for the enemy.
Thus, the problem of suppressing Azerbaijani fire points in Agdam was only a matter of time, and after the liberation of Karvachar and Martakert, it was time to take Aghdam as well.
In the summer of 1993, Artsakh self-defense forces launched a large-scale operation to capture Aghdam. On July 23, 1993, after forty days of combat, the Armenian armed forces liberated the city, yet another piece of our historical homeland.
The conquest of the city was a severe blow to the enemy – particularly, to the combat effectiveness of the enemy army.
Armenian Historian Edik Minasyan describes the outcome of the Aghdam operations as follows: “The fall of the enemy began with Aghdam.”