One of the two Khudafarin bridges (Xudafərin körpüsü), over which Azerbaijan regained control on October 18-th, 2020.
“Just 72 hours ago many “experts” were writing about how the Azerbaijani offensive has not been successful bevause of an over reliance on drones at the expense of maneuver warfare. Khodaafrin Bridges, Fuzuli, Hadrut, Jabrayil, etc prove that this analysis was dead wrong” – Luke Coffey wrote in his Twitter account at 8:29 PM, October 19, 2020.
Khodaafarin Bridges (Azerbaijani: Xudafərin körpüsü) are two Khudafarin arch bridges, which are located at the border of Azerbaijan and Iran connecting the northern and southern banks of the Aras River. Located on the historical “Silk Road”, the 11-arched bridge was built in the 11th-12th centuries and the 15-arched bridge in the 13th century.
After the occupation of the Jabrayil district by Armenian forces in 1993, Khudafarin bridges have suffered destruction. On 18 October, 2020, Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev announced that the Azerbaijani soldiers reclaimed the bridges.
Luke Coffey is the director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation.
Coffey, named to the post in December 2015, oversees foreign policy and international affairs issues. Coffey previously was Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher fellow, focusing on relations between the United States and the United Kingdom and on the role of NATO and the European Union in transatlantic and Eurasian security.
Before joining the think tank’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom in 2012, Coffey had served at the UK Ministry of Defence since 2010 as senior special adviser to then-British Defence Secretary Liam Fox.
Coffey, a U.S. Army veteran, was the first non-UK citizen appointed by the Prime Minister to provide advice to senior British ministers. Among his duties was helping shape British defense policy in relation to transatlantic security, NATO, the European Union, and Afghanistan.