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Inteltrends: Burma Report 07-SEP-2010

September 7, 2010

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Junta personnel on the Thai-Burma border ordered a 24-hour standby
S.H.A.N., 07 Sep 2010

Latest reports from the Thai-Burma border say all junta personnel from every department in Shan State East’s Mongton and Monghsat townships where the United Wa State Army (UWSA)’s 171st Military Region is based, opposite Thailand’s Chiangmai, were informed by the regional commander to pack all their materials to be ready for evacuation from Sunday onward. The message was passed in a circular letter from the Military Operations Command (MOC) #14 based in Monghsat on Sunday, 5 September. The letter was said to have come from Kengtung Headquarters, according to a civil servant from education department in Mongton.

Tensions continue on the eastern front
S.H.A.N., 06 Sep 2010

The ruling military junta last week started passing new instructions to its bases facing ceasefire groups: Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’, United Wa State Army (UWSA) and National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), to reinforce more troops and weapons when the groups rejected its latest deadline, 1 September, to disarm, according to sources from the Sino-Burma Border. Any group that failed to surrender by the deadline will automatically become “an unlawful association.” The latest reports say Burma Army troops in Shan State North’s Mongyai and Tangyan and Shan State South’s Monghsu facing the SSA ‘North’s First Brigade bases that has remained defiant to Naypyitaw, have already taken positions. Mongyai is located in the north of the First Brigade main bases, Tangyan in northeast and Monghsu in the east.

Understanding Burma’s Military Reshuffle
The Irrawaddy, 06 Sep 2010

Analysis by Dr. Zarni. A lot seems to be happening lately in the world of senior and junior generals in Burma. The reports of the recent military reshuffle involving dozens of senior regime officials cannot be understood fully without taking into account a number of developments both at home and abroad.

Gov’t workers pulled out of Wa territory
DVB, 06 Sep 2010

Burmese government workers have been withdrawn from territory in Shan state controlled by the United Wa State Army (UWSA) in a possible sign of looming hostilities. The 30,000-strong Wa army, Burma’s largest armed ethnic group, recently refused to allow troops from the Burmese army to accompany Election Commission officials into their territory, drawing the ire of the ruling junta.

New Kachin State commander visits Bhamo
Kachin, 06 Sep 2010

Even as there is palpable tension between the military junta and the ethnic armed group the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), Brig-Gen Zeyar Aung the new commander of the Burmese Army’s Northern Regional Command in Kachin State visited Bhamo today. He came along the Myitkyina-Bhamo highway in a convoy of cars, said local Burmese observers. This was the first visit by the new Burmese commander to Bhamo, also called Manmaw in Kachin, the second largest city in the state after he was appointed in the latest reshuffle in the Burmese Army in August.

Northern Command imposes travel limits on KIO, troops
Mizzima, 06 Sep 2010

The Burmese Army has imposed travel restrictions on the Kachin Independence Organisation, a source in the ethnic group says. General staff officer Captain Si Thu from the army’s Northern Command’s headquarters in the Kachin State capital Myitkyina told Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) liaison officer Major Dee Rum yesterday that KIO central committee members, staff and officers above sub-township level need to report travel plans first to the local unit of the Military Affairs Security, and can travel only after getting the nod from the command’s head office.

Northeast Indian Freedom Fighters Move Bases to Burma
Narinjara, 05 Sep 2010

Rebel groups from northeast India, including the United Liberation Front of Assam, the National Liberation Front of Tripura, and the Karbi Longri National Liberation Front have moved their bases to Burma from Bangladesh after Bangladesh authorities cracked down on their activities, according to official reports.

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