Military


The Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) has asked state and divisional governments not to assign its members to Burma Army units and allow the organization to focus on its core humanitarian work, as the organization seeks to end its historically close relationship with the military.
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A representative of the United Wa State Army (UWSA), Burma’s most powerful ethnic armed group, on Friday denied allegations made by the Burma Army that the UWSA is involved in the ongoing Kokang conflict in northern Shan State.
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Following complaints that people are being forcibly conscripted into the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) S.H.A.N. spoke to Lieutenant Yawd Serk the RCSS/SSA chairman about the issue.
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A Baptist missionary tour that did not have a township administrator’s letter of recommendation was asked for 200,000 kyats by a Burma Army commander in Ta-Pauk-Kan Village, Paletwa Township, Chin State on 17 February.
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The Burma Army and private companies own most of the land in Kayah State according to Sayar Kawrio the organiser of a farmer’s conference held to review land confiscation and land policy.
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Facebook users in Bangladesh have reacted angrily to the posting of a map on the Myanmar Air Force Facebook page that showed what was termed the “Future Myanmar Empire” that displayed Bangladesh as Myanmar territory, reports the Dhaka Tribune on February 26.
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A migrant worker captured by soldiers from an unknown armed in the Kokang region managed to escape after being held at gunpoint and tortured. After reaching the Mansu Shan monastery in Lashio, which is sheltering hundreds of people made homeless by the fighting, Ko Zin Min Aung received medical treatment at Lashio general hospital. From his hospital bed he told The Myanmar Times about his ordeal.
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Narinjara has interviewed Major General Tun Myat Naing the chief of the Arakan Army (AA) about their involvement in the fighting against the Burma Army in the Kokang area.
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Ethnic Kokang rebel forces fighting the Burma Army in northern Shan State issued a statement on Wednesday warning the tens of thousands of refugees who have fled to China not to return to the Kokang Special Region as it remains unsafe.
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Two men were forcibly recruited by the Burma Army in Yangon when they went to look for work on 17 February, but fortunately they managed to escape according to U Tun Reh, one of the men.
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A leader of a pro-government Kokang militia had his house shelled by Kokang rebel forces on Wednesday. One government loyalist was killed and four were injured in the attack.
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Fighting between the Myanmar army and ethnic Chinese rebels has handed the long-feared military a public relations coup, with an explosion of praise on social media and even former political prisoners expressing grudging support.
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The ethnic Chinese leader of a group of Myanmar rebels which has been engaged in renewed fighting with the government has denied in an interview with a Chinese paper that he has been receiving any help from Chinese citizens or mercenaries.
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Heavy fighting between the Burma Army and ethnic rebels is continuing in northern Shan State and has spread beyond the Kokang Special Region in recent days, causing hundreds of civilians to flee, rebel officers and aid workers said on Wednesday.
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As clashes intensify in northern Shan State between Burmese government forces and ethnic rebels, aid workers say humanitarian supplies are fast drying up for the thousands of Kokang civilians who fled their homes to take refuge in shelters.
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Two freight trucks carrying fruit became the latest targets in a series of roadside attacks on vehicles in northeastern Shan State as hostilities continue in the region between Kokang rebels and Burmese government forces.
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Two civilians who were injured during an ambush on government forces in Lashio District were sent to Lashio Military Hospital.
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Dozens of female prisoners were injured in a fierce firefight between rebels and soldiers in northeastern Myanmar following an attack on a government convoy, state media said Tuesday.
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Over the last three weeks, fighting has broken out in Myanmar’s northeast between the military and several ethnic minority militias, including the ethnic Kokang Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and, allegedly, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). The KIA is one of the most powerful insurgent groups in Myanmar. At least 30,000 civilians have fled across the border into China, and the fighting has killed at least 130 people. The Myanmar military has attacked rebel groups with air strikes, and the fighting shows no sign of letting up.
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Burmese government forces captured crucial Kokang rebel positions along the Laogai-Konkyan Road on the evening of 21 February with the aid of air support, according to a report by military-owned Myawady news.
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