Military


Over 50 villagers who were trapped in clashes between government troops and the KIA in Mansi Township, Bhamo District, Kachin State arrived back Mai Khaung refugee camp.

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Just weeks after parliament approved closer Myanmar-Russia military relations – with some MPs saying it would help to “upgrade” the Tatmadaw – President U Htin Kyaw shook hands with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at the Russia-ASEAN summit in Sochi.

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The Burma Army supports the government’s proposed “Panglong-style” peace summit, but continued political participation rests on the country’s stability, said Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, during his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Naypyidaw on Sunday.

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A Rakhine MP created controversy when he submitted a proposal in the Amyotha Hluttaw last week that offended the Tatmadaw.

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Permission will soon be granted to interview Major Aung Phyo Myint, the Burma Army commander who many consider a key suspect in the murder of two Kachin teachers in northern Shan State in 2015.

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Kachin representatives determined to track down the murderers of two young teachers are to go to court to demand the right to put direct questions to the commander and soldiers of a Tatmadaw unit stationed near the crime scene.

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Burmese government troops fighting ethnic armed groups in northern Shan State have been accused of abducting and torturing local villagers suspected of being rebel fighters.

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Burma Army airstrikes were reported in Kachin and Shan states on Wednesday, forcing villagers to flee their homes as the government forces’ fighting with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) heats up.

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A unit of the Burma Army that has been involved in a series of clashes with the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA), stands accused of arbitrarily arresting civilians in northern Shan State’s Hsipaw Township on the morning of Wednesday May 18th, according to reports from the area.

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Suspected tribal militants ambushed a BSF patrol party at Heirok in Manipur’s Thoubal district along the India-Myanmar border on Thursday.
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On the last day of his 3-day introductory visit to Myanmar on Thursday (May 19), Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan met Myanmar’s former President, Thein Sein in the capital Nay Pyi Taw before leaving for Yangon.

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The testimony of several senior army officers implicated in the double rape-murder of two Kachin teachers did not proceed as planned on Wednesday, sources say.

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Burmese government forces are reportedly conducting airstrikes on Kachin Independence Army (KIA) positions in the latest series of military skirmishes against the rebel group in Kachin State’s Mansi Township in northern Burma.

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The Burma Army has reportedly suffered heavy loses in recent heavy fighting against troops from the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) in northern Shan State.

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When the Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing declared quite recently that he was toeing the line of Aung San Suu Kyi’s 21st Century Panglong initiative, it looks like that the military, also known as Burma Army or Tatmadaw, is ready to take order from the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led regime and would help facilitate its national reconciliation and all-inclusiveness policy.

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Four senior army officers will testify at a township police station in Lashio, northern Shan State, on the rape and murder of two Kachin volunteer teachers allegedly perpetrated by Burma Army soldiers early last year, according to Kachin sources.

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The Myanmar Army helped by Border Guard Force troops (BGF) fought with a Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) splinter group for over two hours in Pyar Pin Village, Kawkareik Township, Karen State at 5am on 11 May.

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Burma’s Commander-in-Chief, Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, is turning 60, but he is showing no signs of slowing down, nor is he planning to retire, as some have speculated. Instead, at press conference on May 13 in Naypyidaw, he pledged to continue to lead the armed forces and work with Aung San Suu Kyi to achieve peace and reconciliation in the country.

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The commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s military said on Friday the army was carrying out its duty under the leadership of the newly elected civilian government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, aiming to assuage worry over tension between them.
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Burma’s commander-in-chief said he did not plan to leave office, despite having reached the official retirement age of 60 years old, at a press conference in Naypyidaw on Friday evening, vowing to maintain his position for four more years.
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