Internal Troops (Azerbaijan)

Internal Troops of Azerbaijan
Azərbaycan Respublikası Daxili Qoşunları
Active 1991 - present
Country  Azerbaijan
Allegiance Azerbaijan
Branch Ministry of Internal Affairs
Headquarters Baku
Engagements Nagorno-Karabakh War
Commanders
Current
commander
General Major Zakir Hasanov

The Internal Troops of Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Respublikası Daxili Qoşunları) also known as Interior Troops or Interior Guard[1] is the uniformed gendarmerie-like force in Azerbaijan. Internal Troops are subordinated to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan (the police authority of the country)[2] The Internal Troops are the descendent of the Soviet Union's Internal Troops, and are used to deal with internal emergencies such as natural disasters, restoring public order, internal armed conflicts and to safeguard important facilities. During wartime, the Internal Troops fall under the jurisdiction of the Azerbaijani Land Forces and fulfill tasks of local defense and security.

Its equipment includes Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine guns.

Other law enforcement bodies in Azerbaijan include the Azerbaijani National Guard and the State Border Service and its Coast Guard subcomponent.

See also

References

External links

  • Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Azerbaijani) (English) (Russian)
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