Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan
The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Републикация Даксичений Мансиртий) is a government ministry of Azerbaijan related to the Azerbaijani military. The ministry is responsible for protecting Azerbaijan from external threats, preserving its territorial integrity, waging war on behalf of Azerbaijan (such as Azerbaijan's current contribution to the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq), and overseeing Azerbaijan's sector of the Caspian Sea and airspace. The Minister of Defense is appointed and dismissed by the President of Azerbaijan, who is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of this country.
The Minister of Defense is Zakir Hasanov.
The first minister of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic was General Khosrov Bey Sultanov, who was appointed minister of the first government on May 28, 1918. According to the Action Plan approved by the Parliament regarding the formation of the army, important structures and units were to be created by November 1, 1919. An artillery division, two infantry divisions consisting of three regiments, special telegraph, cavalry and machine gun platoons, and railway battalions were to be created during the specified time. Another priority of the government of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic was the establishment of the Ministry of Defense. None of the ministers of defense was officially appointed. But Khosrov-bey Sultanov served as minister from May 28 to June 11, 1918. The Ministry of Defense of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic was established by a decision adopted on October 23, 1918. After the decision was made, Fatali Khan Khoisky was appointed as the Minister of Defense. On December 26, 1918, Lieutenant General of the Russian Artillery Samad Bey Mehmandarov took office. Lieutenant-General Alyaga Shikhlinsky appointed his deputy and lieutenant-general Suleyman Shulkevich as chief of the General Staff. Since the Ministry of Defense was officially dissolved as a result of the occupation of Azerbaijan by the USSR in 1920, their functions were delegated to the People's Military Commissariat, and the Bolsheviks executed 15 of the 21 generals of the Azerbaijani army.
In the collapse of the USSR and political unrest in Azerbaijan at the end of the 1980s, the Azeris