The head of Azerbaijan’s Air Force was shot outside his home today and died in hospital. An Azerbaijani friend says Rzayev was “very professional.” I don’t know how much the average American knows about USAF General Norton Schwartz or the civilian secretary, but at least it suggests that he hadn’t heard any negative rumors about the man. I note this only to illustrate someone’s first reaction to the incident, not to imply anything. Not much else yet, although the BBC has an informative write-up.

A brief language/translation aside: Curiously,’s summary of the attack and Rzayev’s death described doctors at the hospital to which he was brought as having “failed to save his life.” I don’t know the Azerbaijani phrase for this kind of event, but it was sort of jarring to read it that way in English.


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