Inteltrends: Burma Report 25-JAN-2011
Burmese Army stockpiles weapons in Yuzana Company, Hukawng Valley
The Burmese military junta is stockpiling weapons in Yuzana Company’s crop plantation area in Hukawng Valley in the country’s northern Kachin State to take on the Kachin ethnic army, said local sources close to company insiders. The weaponry, including small arms and artillery, are being stockpiled inside the company’s compound. It is likely to be in preparation to launch an onslaught on the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and its armed wing the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), a valley resident told Kachin News Group.
Army officials moved to gov’t ministries
Around 1,700 low-ranking army officials have been transferred to government ministries since elections last year. A source in the Burmese government said that military officials were effectively replacing thousands of civilian workers in offices such as the Ministry of Communication. They have been given positions from departmental head down to administrators.
17 BGF Troops Defect to KNU
The Irrawaddy, 25.Jan.2011
MAE SOT – A company commander and 16 soldiers from No.1019 Border Guard Force (BGF) based in Taung Oak village, Myawaddy District, deserted on Thursday to join the ranks of Brigade 7 of the Karen National Union (KNU).
Burma Army’s camp construction causing migration
Burma Army’s new camp constructions, which are under its military expansion project in Shan State South, especially in areas near the territory of rebel armed groups, have reported to have caused more local residents to migrate to other areas as the constructions are demanding forced labor, according to sources from the Thai-Burma border.
Burma Army railroad to pass through rebel-controlled territory
One of the Burma Army’s nine new railways will be reportedly built to reach the newly developed sub-township of Shan State East’s Mongton, where most of the area is under control of anti-junta Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’ and the United Wa State Army (UWSA). According to local sources, the new sub-township, Monghta will be a junction for two townships of Shan State South’s Mongpan and Mongton which are included in Namzang-Kengtung railway project.
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