Inteltrends: Burma Report 24-DEC-2010
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Ethnic Wa army sets up new brigade for security
Mizzima, 24 Dec 2010
The United Wa State Army has set up a brigade to boost security on its western flank along a route it believes Burmese troops would take to march on UWSA headquarters in Pangsang, a high-ranking UWSA official said. Brigade 618 commanded by Bao Samrai was stationed at Manghseng-Nawngkhet, bordering Tangyan Township, facing Burmese Army troops at Loi Panglong, in Shan State. The base is also adjacent to the area controlled by the Shan State Army North (SSA-N) Brigade 1.
Mon teenager raped, beheaded
DVB, 24 Dec 2010
The bodies of two teenage women in Karen state’s battle-torn Wawlay region have been found, one of whom was beheaded. They become the latest victims of grisly attacks in the volatile eastern state that last month saw six troops from the KNU/KNLA Peace Council hacked to death with machetes.
More troops around SSA-North
S.H.A.N., 24 Dec 2010
The Burma Army has deployed some 400 troops backed by hundreds of local militia troops to check the movements of the Shan State Army (SSA) North’s First Brigade, commanded by Maj Gen Pangfa, in Tangyan and Mongyai townships, according to SSA sources. The brigade’s movements are now limited to Kehsi and Monghsu townships, where the bulk of its units are active, they said. The non-ceasefire SSA South, commanded by Lt-Gen Yawdserk, is also active in the latter two townships. The latest development took place following a confrontation on 18 December between the SSA North and the Burma Army’s 516th Light Infantry Battalion in Monghsu.
Attacks on Junta-related Sites Slowing Burma’s Internet
The Irrawaddy, 24 Dec 2010
Hackers are continuing their efforts to disable websites belonging to businessmen close to Burma’s military regime, including the state-sponsored Yatanarpon web portal, but have so far provoked no response from the country’s junta, according to sources.
Junta Leader’s Son-in-law Named Ambassador to China
The Irrawaddy, 23 Dec 2010
According to sources in Naypyidaw, Maj Zaw Phyo Win, husband of Than Shwe’s youngest daughter, Thandar Shwe, has been appointed Burma’s ambassador to Beijing.
Wa offers another olive branch to junta
S.H.A.N., 23 Dec 2010
The United Wa State Army (UWSA), one of the ceasefire groups at loggerheads with the Burma Army over the Border Guard Force (BGF) program, has extended an offer for peace talks with the new government that is expected to be installed early next year, according to local sources.
Burmese Army Deserter Handed Over by Bangladesh
Narinjara, 23 Dec 2010
Bangladesh has handed over a Burmese army deserter to Burma after holding a flag meeting between the border guard forces, BDR and Nasaka, on Tuesday on the Burma – Bangladesh border. A source in BDR told Narinjara that the Burmese soldier identified as Thein Zaw Tun, aged 25, had surrendered to BDR forces in the Naikhongchhari area under Bandarban District in southeastern Bangladesh near Burma, after deserting from his force with a G-3 rifle and 120 bullets.
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