Inteltrends: Burma Report 03-DEC-2010
Compiled by Inteltrends.
Captured Karen troops ‘executed’
DVB, 03 Dec 2010
Six troops belonging to a Karen ceasefire army that were captured last week in raid by Burmese soldiers are rumoured to have been executed. The men from the KNU/KNLA Peace Council had been manning an outpost close to Myawaddy in eastern Burma on 30 November when they came under attack. One soldier was killed by a bullet to the head, while six others were taken hostage.
Regime Reinforces Troops, Weapons in Kachin State
The Irrawaddy, 03 Dec 2010
The Burmese army deploys more troops and weapons near the headquarters of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) in Laiza and at other locations across Kachin State, according to residents. Big-Gen Gwan Maw, the deputy commander in chief of the Kachin Independence Association (KIA), told The Irrawaddy on Friday: “What will happen depends on the troops that are serving on the front line. For the time being, there’s no fighting because war depends on orders from superiors based on policy.” Asked if the KIA was ready if the regime started fighting, he said, “A state of readiness is the nature of an army.”
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KIO urges traders to leave Laiza base as war looms
Mizzima, 03 Dec 2010
The main Kachin quasi-government organisation has urged businessmen in its northern Burma stronghold of Laiza to leave the town over fears of potential military conflict between the ethnic armed group and junta forces. The Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) had since Monday warned traders in the town near the Sino-Burmese border that fighting was likely to break out, a spokesman said.
Junta to set up more artillery units around Shan, Wa bases
S.H.A.N., 02 Dec 2010
The military junta is reportedly going to set up two more artillery units in Shan State South between the Shan State Army (SSA) North bases in the west and United Wa State Army (UWSA) bases in the east, according to informed sources from Shan State South. One is to be located in Mongzang, Monghsu township, southeast of the SSA First Brigade’s Headquarters Wanhai and another further south where the former SSA North’s 7th Brigade headquarters at Kali, Kunhing township, is located.
Junta’s sinister design to spread HIV infection in Kachin State
Kachin, 01 Dec 2010
In a chilling revelation, it is learnt that Burma’s military junta has a secret mission to see to HIV spreading to epidemic proportions in ethnic Kachin State in the country’s north. The sinister design is for ethnic cleansing and political gains, revealed sources close to junta insiders. Beginning 1990, the junta has systematically despatched HIV infected sex workers from the Thai-Burma border to Kachin State, especially to the Hpakant jade mining city, the sources said. Burmese sex workers, expelled by Thai authorities to the Burmese border town of Tachileik were received by Burmese authorities and sent to Hpakant at government cost, said the sources.
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