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Inteltrends: Burma Report 18-JAN-2011

January 18, 2011

Compiled by Inteltrends.

Shan rebels strike again
S.H.A.N., 18.Jan.2011
A civilian truck carrying Burma Army soldiers based in Shan State East’s Mongton township on the Thai-Burma border was attacked by the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’ yesterday wounding at least five, according to local sources. They included 3 soldiers, one of them a captain, a nurse and an unidentified civilian. The incident took place at Mae Ken between Mongton and Nakawngmu, 42 miles north of Chiangmai border, at 10:00 local time.

Junta balkanizing units for new command
S.H.A.N., 17.Jan.2011
The Burma Army’s Northeastern Region Command,with its headquarters Lashio, Northern Shan State, have been breaking up units under its command for the newly installed military command in Southern Shan State, according to sources close to local junta. “60 men from each infantry battalion were picked up to move out to the new command,” a source in Lashio said. The new command reportedly requires 1,500 officers and men. The selection started a week ago in Lashio and Hsenwi, where the Military Operations Command (MOC) #16 is based.

Heavy Artillery Fire Continues in Karen State
The Irrawaddy, 17.Jan.2011
The Burmese army is continuing to use heavy artillery fire against a breakaway faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and its allies after more than a week of intensifying clashes near the Thai border, according to DKBA and Karen National Union (KNU) sources. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a DKBA officer told The Irrawaddy on Monday that skirmishes between the armed group’s renegade Brigade 5 and Burmese troops have continued amid the shelling in Manerplaw, Kasawah Lay, Nuday, Waw Lay and Phaluu

Burmese-American First Marine killed in 2011
Mizzima, 17.Jan.2011
Maung P. Htaik, originally from Burma, has become the first U.S. Marine killed in Afghanistan in 2011.

Military draft ‘could spark exodus’
DVB, 14.Jan.2011
Mandatory army service for men and women above the age of 18 could cause teenagers to the flee the country in droves, Burmese are warning.


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