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Inteltrends: Burma Report 10-SEP-2010

September 10, 2010

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Junta tightens security after KIO’s refusal to disarm
Kachin, 10 Sep 2010

The Burmese Army has tightened security in Northern Burma, especially in Myitkyina the capital of Kachin state. Troops are checking entry gates on the orders of the military authorities.

Military intelligence detains Kachin captain over pistol
Mizzima, 10 Sep 2010

Burmese military intelligence officials arrested a Kachin militia captain on Wednesday for carrying an unlicensed handgun, as the junta increases pressure on the ethnic armed ceasefire group. Captain Zawli was arrested by Military Affairs Security (MAS) officers at a checkpoint six miles (10 kilometres) from Laiza, the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) stronghold in Kachin State near the Sino-Burmese border.

Burmese Army prepares for offensive against Kachin rebels
Kachin, 09 Sep 2010

The Burmese Army is taking up positions in Sang Hka and even in the Prayer Mountain of the local Kachin Roman Catholic Church. Soldiers are digging bunkers here to take on the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) the armed wing of the KIO, said eyewitnesses.

UWSA Deploy Troops at Thai Border
The Irrawaddy, 09 Sep 2010

Burma’s largest armed ethnic group, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), has deployed three battalions from its headquarters in Panghsang to southern Shan State close to the Thai border in as preparations mount for a military showdown with the Burmese amy, sources close to the UWSA say. The three battalions – comprising some the Wa army’s elite troops – were dispatched within the last few days. The battalions were led by veteran commander Wei Hsaitang who has extensive frontline experience and is strategically familiar with the geography of southern Shan State where many Wa people live, the sources said.

Regional commander gives instructions to strengthen security around Shan army
S.H.A.N., 09 Sep 2010

The Burma Army’s security forces based in areas surrounding main base of the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’s First Brigade are soaring after the newly promoted regional commander of the Northeastern Region Command, issued orders to tighten security and to secure all pathways to the SSA bases, according to sources from the Sino-Burma border. However, the reason for Burma Army’s reinforcement is not clear, said a source. The instructions passed on 7 September, when Brig-Gen Aung Kyaw Zaw, the new commander of the Northeastern Region Command (he succeeded former commander Aung Than Htut in late August) and Tangyan area commander Colonel Khaing Zaw, visited their strongest base, Loi Panglong, northwest of the Wa headquarters Panghsang, and west of Manghseng.

Footage shows scorched earth Karen state
DVB, 09 Sep 2010

Footage has been released that shows the shocking aftermath of a recent scorched earth campaign by the Burmese army in eastern Karen state…. Karen state has hosted one of the world’s longest-running civil wars as the Karen National Union (KNU) and its armed wing, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), vie for autonomy from the ruling junta. [Warning: this video contains distressing images. Footage and images contributed by Back Pack Health Worker Team.]

Panghsang dispatches top fighter to the Thai-Burma border
S.H.A.N., 08 Sep 2010

Wei Hsaitang, one of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) veteran commanders together with 3 battalions of tough fighters from Panghsang Headquarters on the Sino-Burma border were deployed to the UWSA’s 171st Military Region based along the Thai-Burma border recently, according to sources from both Shan and Thai security officials. The force was reported to have been assigned by Panghsang to cope with the situation of their bases facing all the Burma Army outposts, said an informed source from the Thai-Burma border.

Villagers Forced to Join USDP
Narinjara, 08 Sep 2010

KYAUK PRU – The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), the proxy party of the current military government, has forced Arakanese people to join its party in order to ensure victory in the upcoming election scheduled for 7 November, according to local villagers.

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