Inteltrends: Burma Report 01-OCT-2010
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Burmese troops clash with Karen, Shan armies
DVB, 01 Oct 2010
Fighting erupted yesterday between Burmese troops and a breakaway Shan force only hours after a Burmese soldier died following an ambush by a Karen army. It is the third time this month that Burmese troops have clashed with the Shan State Army (North), with tensions appearing to be on the rise. The latest flare-up involved the SSA-N’s 3,000-strong 1st Brigade, which broke away from the main body after it refused to become a Border Guard Force (BGF) and assimilate into the Burmese army.
Bomb blast hits Bago election office
DVB, 01 Oct 2010
A local authority office in eastern Burma’s Bago division being used by Election Commission officials was the target of a bombing on Wednesday night.
New Intelligence Chief Tries to Plug Leaks
The Irrawaddy, 01 Oct 2010
Burma’s Chief of Military Affairs Security Maj-Gen Kyaw Swe has warned his staff about leaking military documents and has ordered tighter surveillance within military offices and government ministries, according to military sources. Kyaw Swe’s warning came during his first staff briefing on Sept. 27-29, held at No. 26 Military Affairs Security unit in South Okkalapa Township in Rangoon. The commanders of local battalions and intelligence units attended the briefing, the first by the newly appointed chief of military intelligence since he took over the position from Lt-Gen Ye Myint at the end of August.
KDA pressures people to vote for USDP
Kachin, 01 Oct 2010
With elections in Burma round the corner, strong arm tactics have begun. The former armed group, which transformed to the People’s Militia– the Kachin Defense Army (KDA) based in Shan State in Eastern Burma, is threatening to drive local people out of their village if they do not vote for the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). KDA, the People’s Militia group based in Teinni (Hsenwi in Shan and Sinli in Kachin) Township, Man Lin village is threatening villagers with forced relocation if they refuse to vote for the Burmese military junta-backed party, the USDP, said local sources.
Shan analysts: Junta militias emerging as new drug lords in Burma
S.H.A.N., 29 Sep 2010
Pro-junta militias operating in Shan State are now the main players in the drug trade, according to new findings by local Shan analysts. The latest Shan Drug Watch newsletter, issued today, details how the Burmese regime’s War on Drugs has fallen way behind schedule, with 46 of Shan State’s 55 townships still growing opium. This is attributed to the Burma Army’s reliance on taxation of opium, and its policy to allow numerous proxy local militia to deal in drugs, including methamphetamines, in exchange for policing against resistance activity.
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