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Another round of shooting between a Burma Army unit under the control of Shan State South’s Mongnawng-based Military Operations Command (MOC) #2 and fighters from First Brigade of Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’ that refused Naypyitaw’s order to disarm broke out on Saturday, 18 December, according to local sources. (more…)

Many minor Wikileaks scoops have attracted media notice—like the fact that Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi apparently always travels with a buxom Ukrainian “nurse”—but one frightening disclosure in particular has not received nearly enough attention. In several cables written from the U.S. embassy in Rangoon, the largest city (and former capital) of Burma, diplomats provided information about the Burmese junta’s potential cooperation with North Korea, including details of what may be nascent nuclear and missile programs. (more…)

Democratic Karen Buddhist Army’s (DKBA) battalion 902 commander Colonel Kyaw Thet in Hpalu village, where fighting recently broke out with the government, said the group will commence guerrilla warfare in “every township” if the SPDC continues its offensive against the renegade DKBA faction. (more…)

A battalion of regular troops from the rebel Karen National Union (KNU) on Dec. 11 launched a short attack on the Burmese army in Manerplaw, and have remained active in the area. Manerplaw was the headquarters of the KNU from 1948 until it fell into Burmese army hands in 1995. (more…)

Most of the ruling Burma Army radar stations are said to be installed with Russian-made 1L117s, according to Thai Burma watchers. (more…)

Burma’s air force relies heavily on Chinese weapons. A handful of Russian MiG-29s will grow to 30 in the wake of a 2009 order, but the rest of its fighter fleet is made up of Chinese MiG-21 (60 J-7s) and MiG-19 (12 J-6 and 36 Q-5) variants. Reports indicate that they are supported by about 6 Serbian Super Galeb trainer/ light attack jets, and 17 Swiss Pilatus PC-6/7/9 turboprop trainers that have been armed for counterinsurgency. (more…)

Dhaka: The Bangladesh military authority confiscated 183 sophisticated weapons and 24,144 rounds of ammunition from areas near the Burma border during last year. (more…)

Over 200 more military trucks have arrived in the town of Ruili on the China-Burma border, the latest consignment of the 3500 trucks to be sent to the Burmese junta by the Chinese government. (more…)

The Mizoram police arrested a Burmese arms dealer on Saturday for alleged links with Northeast armed groups in India . Arms and ammunition were seized from him. (more…)

China has delivered 80 FAW transport trucks to police grounds on the outskirts of Yangon in what may be an effort to beef up preparations for more protests, witnesses said Thursday. (more…)

North Korea has been selling multiple rocket launchers to military-ruled Burma since the two countries restored ties last year in violation of UN sanctions, Japan’s NHK public broadcaster reported. (more…)

Singapore will investigate allegations that a local trading company was linked to North Korean exports of rockets to military-ruled Myanmar, the foreign affairs ministry said Thursday. (more…)

China has exported two 16 PA6 shipborne diesel engines to Myanmar to be fitted on its navy’s indigenous patrol ships, a representative of the German MAN Diesel Co., which designed the original engines, has confirmed.
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Bullets used in the recent Rangoon murder case which killed five are the product of the Defense Industry, according to sources close to government. (more…)

Burma will send an official delegation to Asia’s largest arms fair, Defexpo, which will be held from Saturday to Tuesday in New Delhi, India. (more…)

Burma’s military government, the SPDC, has according to reports from the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch and the BBC, killed unarmed civilian protesters, recruited child soldiers, tortured, raped and enslaved its citizens and razed 3000 villages to the ground in the past 10 years. (more…)

A blog by Burmese exiles in Thailand (Vimutti) has published photos of new military vehicles delivered to Burma from China on 15 January. The vans are the same model that was used to transport soldiers and prisoners during September’s crackdown. However, Chinese diplomats insist they are working hard to get the Junta to negotiate with the opposition and to make efforts in terms of human rights. Kio, our Observer for Burma, comments on the situation. (more…)

Shweli: About 100 Chinese manufactured military trucks have been arriving on the Sino-Burma border, Jie Gao since yesterday. These ‘First Automobile Works’ (FAW) trucks are to be handed over to the Burma Army.
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Local authorities seized a Toyota Hilux light truck transporting 50 rifles and ammunition last Friday when it was travelling along Ching Shwe Haw- Theinni ( Hsenwi) Road in northern Shan Sate. (more…)

Several military trucks are believed to have been supplied to the Burmese junta by China. They were seen arriving on the Sino-Burmese border town of Ruili this morning, a local eyewitness said.
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