Inteltrends: Burma Report 28-SEP-2010
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Thai troop dies in Wa army clash
DVB, 28 Sep 2010
A Thai soldier was killed yesterday evening after fighting broke out between Thai troops and members of the Burmese armed ethnic group, the United Wa State Army (UWSA).
Mon army ‘to shoot on sight’ Burmese troops
DVB, 28 Sep 2010
Troops of the ethnic New Mon State Party (NMSP) army have been ordered by superiors to shoot any Burmese solider that enters its territory.
Burma Army using cunning against rebels
S.H.A.N., 28 Sep 2010
Burma Army is implementing its plan to create confusion both among the rebels and populace in some townships in Shan State South and East, according to informed sources from Thai security and local sources. A source close to the junta in Shan State East’s Mongton Township, opposite Thailand’s Chiangmai said all Burma Army units in townships of Shan State East: Monghsat, Mongton, Mongyawng, Mongpiang and Tachilek and Mongpan in the south have been conducting a program called “hunter and prey strategy” since 20 September in accordance with a directive from Naypyitaw. According to him, soldiers are divided into two groups: one group is assigned to stay in the jungle as “sniper teams” and another as “search and destroy forces”. All were ordered to wear ceasefire groups’ uniforms and all their weapons were also changed. “They are now holding AK and M16 guns, not their MAs anymore,” the source said.
Druglords selected to represent junta party on 7 Nov. polls
S.H.A.N., 27 Sep 2010
A number of junta-backed local militia chiefs, who are notorious among local people as drug dealers in Shan State North’s Kutkhai, Muse and Namkham townships, are reportedly handpicked by Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) to run for seats in the 7 November polls, according to election watchers from the Sino-Burma border. “There are so far four men. All are heads of militia groups. Two are from Kutkhai, one from Muse and another one from Namkham,” a source from Muse said. The two from Kutkhai are identified as U Myint Lwin and U Ti Khun Myat.
Ethnic Leaders Discuss Military Cooperation
The Irrawaddy, 27 Sep 2010
As expectations grow of an armed conflict with Burmese government forces, ethnic leaders met in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand last weekend to exchange military skills and tactics, sources told The Irrawaddy. The ethnic leaders attending the conference were from the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), the Shan State Army–North (SSA –North), the New Mon State Party (NMSP), the Chin National Front (CNF), the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) and the Karen National Union (KNU). The secret meeting reportedly took place with the aim of consolidating an ethnic alliance to oppose the Burmese army and to develop military training techniques which can be deployed in the field.
Ethnic leader predicts united armed struggle after Burma’s election
Taifreedom (citing The Nation), 27 Sep 2010
Exclusion of ethnic groups from the coming general election in Burma will lead to a consolidation of rebellious armed forces along the border with Thailand to fight against the new military backed government, an ethnic minority leader said. “We all know that the election will not benefit us, so we have to unite to fight against them,” said the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) chief of armed forces, Bee Htoo. “The election will change nothing in this country. I expect there will be a major offensive from Burma’s military shortly after the election,” he said. The elected government will claim it is a democratic one but the suppression of minorities will continue, he said. The KNPP, one of three rebellious ethnic groups along Burma’s border with Thailand, announced it would continue its armed struggle after the November election in Burma. The other two groups are the Karen National Union (KNU) and Shan State Army (SSA).
KIA fires warning shots at Burmese military helicopter
Kachin, 23 Sep 2010
In what could be the beginning of hostilities, a Burmese military helicopter was fired upon by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the armed wing of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) today at about 3 p.m. for the first time when it flew over Kachin state in Northern Burma, said KIA sources. KIA officials said they fired twice from small guns as a warning. The KIA did not use anti-aircraft guns when the Burmese military chopper flew over KIA’s Alen Bum military headquarters at about 3 p.m. local time, near the China border in eastern Kachin State.
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