Monte Melkonian

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Monte Melkonian
Nickname Avo
Allegiance Republic of Armenia
Years of service 1979-1993
Rank Shtapee Pet or Lieutenant Colonel
Commands held Martuni Detachment
Battles/wars 1979 Iranian Revolution
Lebanese Civil War
1982 Lebanon War
Nagorno-Karabakh War
Other work Memoirs: The Right to Struggle, selected writings printed after his death in 1993.

Monte Melkonian (born November 25, 1957June 12, 1993) was a well-known Armenian military commander in the Nagorno-Karabakh war. He is largely known for major military victories against Azerbaijan from the late autumn of 1992, . Melkonian had no prior service record in any country's army before being placed in command of an estimated 4,000 men in the war. He had largely built his military education beginning from the late 1970s and 1980s where he fought against the various splintering factions in the Lebanese Civil War, against Israeli troops in the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and was a member of the Armenian guerrilla organization ASALA.

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