Military


After nearly one thousand local residents in Myitkyina, Kachin State took to the streets on Tuesday to protest the shooting of a teen by a Burma Army soldier, the Ministry of Defense has officially announced the cause of death as a “misfire.”

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Troops from the Kachin Independence Army’s (KIA) Regiment 6 attacked a Burma Army camp in Bang Lum Bum Mountain, between Mongyar and Mongkoe in northern Shan State, at 7 pm on 19 June.

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A Burmese government peace delegation led by Dr. Tin Myo Win has told three ethnic armed groups of the Arakan, Palaung and Kokang ethnicities not to attack the Burma Army and to disarm so that they will be invited to join the upcoming peace conference, sources say.

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The Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO), an ethnic armed group that has signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), issued a statement on Saturday saying it would continue to work together with all national brethren, including Pa-O people, for the preparation of the 21st Century Panglong Conference and for the success of Myanmar’s peace process.

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A serviceman from the Burmese armed forces shot and killed an 18-year-old university student in Myitkyina on Monday evening following an argument at a checkpoint.

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Myanmar military authorities has recently punished 382 military personnel including 73 officers for recruiting child soldiers, according to the Committee for Prevention of Minors from Military Service Tuesday.

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The United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) have accepted an invitation to join the so-called 21st Century Panglong Conference” envisioned by the Aung San Suu Kyi-led government.

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Ko Ko Gyi, one of the leaders of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society has said that the public and youths can play an important role in solving political issues.

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The Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) says a group of villagers arrested last month by the Burma Army in eastern Shan State were not troops forcibly recruited by the group.

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The Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) will discuss with Burma’s government how all ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) can be included in the nationwide ceasefire and peace process, a senior KNPP official told Shan Herald.

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Nai Thet Lwin, 75, is Myanmar’s new minister for ethnic affairs. He heads a ministry recently created by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to take in hand the local insurgencies that have bedeviled the country since independence from Britain in early 1948.

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It is five years since fighting resumed in Kachin State between the Tatmadaw and the Kachin Independence Army, the armed wing of the Kachin Independence Organisation. The anniversary of this unfortunate event was marked recently by civil society groups, including the Kachin Peace Network.

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The Burma Army has seized two guns and a handheld transceiver from a Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA) base on Thursday afternoon in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State.

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Burma Army and Burma Border Guard Force (BGF) troops are obstructing villagers transporting food in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State, according to local residents.

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The defence ministries of Russia and Myanmar have signed an agreement on military cooperation, Russia’s Tass news agency reported yesterday.

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I am sometimes asked by foreign reporters why Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD) government is “ignoring” the Muslim Rohingya in Arakan State—a minority group suffering from discrimination and the denial of their human rights.

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While preparations for State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s proposed 21st Century Panglong Conference continue, critics doubt that the conference will be inclusive while the Burma Army insists on the disarmament of three ethnic armed groups.

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Three airmen were killed when a Burmese Air Force helicopter crashed in the Pegu Division town of Daik-U on Tuesday, the military has confirmed.

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Disabled and collecting fees to use a public toilet in a busy Yangon market was not how Kyaw Kyaw Oo imagined the life of a soldier when he lied about his age to join the Myanmar army at 16.

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The recent meeting between U Htin Kyaw and Mr Vladimir Putin was the first between the heads of state of Myanmar and Russia, though there have long been high-level contacts between the armed forces of the two countries.

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