Inteltrends: Burma Report 08-FEB-2011
Burma army retreats and says no order given to enter KIA territory
Burmese troops have retreated after being attacked by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) last evening in Kachin State, northern Burma, sources from the front said. The Burmese troops are from four battalions under the Northern Regional Command – Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) No. 437, based in N’Mawk (Momauk) , LIB No. 319, based in Man Je (Mansi), the Mohnyin-based Infantry Battalion (IB) No. 15 and Myitkyina-based IB No. 21, according to local KIA sources.
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Fighting begins between Kachin and Burmese Armies in Northern Burma
A seventeen year ceasefire ended this morning when fighting started between Kachin and Burmese troops in Kachin State, Northern Burma. KIA officials said soldiers of Battalion No. 27, led by Major Yaw Htung, opened fire when a truckload of Burmese troops from Infantry Battalion No. 15, based in Mohnyin, entered the KIA restricted area in Man Win in Bhamo (Manmaw) district, at 10:30 a.m. local time. A Burmese battalion commander, Lt-Col Yin Htwe, was killed and seven Burmese soldiers – including a military doctor – were injured in the fighting, according to KIA sources.
Succession Rumors Swirl in Naypyidaw
The Irrawaddy, 08.Feb.2011
Burmese junta chief Snr-Gen Than Shwe has reportedly lined up two former commanders from the Sino-Burmese border, Lt-Gen Min Aung Hlaing and Maj-Gen Soe Win, to succeed him and Vice Snr-Gen Maung Aye in the top two military posts if they decide to step down, military sources said. The information, which was leaked from the War Office on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s session of Burma’s new parliament, contradicts previous rumors that had Than Shwe and Maung Aye being replaced by the former adjutant general, Lt-Gen Myint Aung, and the former Bureau of Special Operations (BSO) 3 chief, Lt-Gen Ko Ko.
Police force in new command attacked
Police force in Kali sub-township of Shan State South’s Kunhing township, was attacked by an unknown gunman on Sunday night, wounding at least 2 on the police side, according to local reports.
Egypt demonstrations heavily censored in Burma
News relating to the people’s uprising in Egypt against Hosni Mubarak has been heavily censored in Burma’s state-run and private media.
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