Burmese government decides to go to war against KIO

Reliable sources at Naypyitaw, the new capital of Burma, said the new military-backed Burmese government has decided to go to war with the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), which is demanding self-determination.

Those sources said the decision was made last week and the KIO was labeled the “government’s main domestic enemy.” They said the war will begin soon.

Until now, the decision was not publicly announced in the state-controlled papers and no preparations have been made by the Burmese Army in the areas near the KIO territories in Kachin State and Shan State, KIO sources said.

kia_military_trainingMarch 11, 2011: The graduation of short military training was celebrated at Seng Ra, the military base of the KIA’s battalion 6 in Hpakant jade mining township, western Kachin State.

The announcement followed the regime’s labeling of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the armed-wing of KIO as “Insurgents”, on October 15, last year.

The accusation was rejected by James Lum Dau, Deputy Foreign Affairs Officer for the KIO based in Bangkok, Thailand. He said the KIO is seeking a permanent peace in the whole country and it is also trying to reestablish the “Panglong Spirit” in the country.  Continue reading “Burmese government decides to go to war against KIO”

Burma Army’s Northeastern Region Command informed the Kachin Independence Army’s Shan State North-

26 April 2011
The Burma Army’s Northeastern Region Command, based in Lashio, had recently informed the Kachin Independence Army’s Shan State North-based 4th Brigade it would be sending troops into the latter’s operating areas looking for the Shan State Army (SSA) North units that were reported to have been taking refuge there. The 4th Brigade commander Zau Raw said it was merely a flimsy excuse to enter the KIA territory, warning the Burma Army it would be responsible for any ill consequences, according to Kachin News Group. (SHAN)


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

PS in file attached a summary report on clashes in KNU areas for the month of March. I translated the reports from Karen and sending out to wider network of friends and colleagues, because the SSA North wants to know about our military activities after it has to resume military action.
D. Thkb.

KNLA မွထုတ္ျပန္ေသာအစီရင္ခံစာအရ ဇန္န၀ါရီလ ၁ရက္ မွမတ္လ ၃၁ ရက္ ေန ့အထိ ေကအဲန္ယူထိမ္းခ်ဴပ္နယ္ေျမ တပ္မဟာ(၁)မွ (၇)အထိ တုိက္ပြဲေပါင္း ၅၂၆ ႀကိမ္ျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့သည္။

– နအဖ စစ္တပ္မ ေသဆုံးမွဳ ၄၁၆ ဦး
– ထိခုိက္ဒဏ္ရာရမွဳ ၆၆၁ ဦး
– KNLA ထံသုိ ့လက္နက္ခ် အညံ့ခံသူ ၁၀ဦး ျဖစ္ျပီး
KNLA ဖက္မွ ၃ ဦးက်ဆုံး ၃ ဦးဒဏ္ရာ ရရွိေႀကာင္းေဖၚျပထားပါသည္။ Continue reading “First_Quarter_Battle_news__2011_KNLA-SPDC”

ၿမိဳင္ႀကီးငူေဒသရွိ BGF တပ္ဖြဲ႔ဝင္အခ်ဳိ႕ KNU ထံ လာေရာက္ပူးေပါငး္

ဧၿပီလ ၂၅ရက္၊ နန္းထူးစံ (ေကအုိင္စီ)

ကရင္ျပည္နယ္၊ လႈိင္းဘြဲၿမဳိ႕နယ္၊ ၿမဳိင္ႀကီးငူေဒသတြင္ အေျခစုိက္လႈပ္ရွားေနသည့္ နယ္ျခားေစာင့္တပ္ (BGF) တပ္ဖြဲ႔အတြင္း အခ်င္းခ်င္းပစ္ခတ္မႈျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့ၿပီးေနာက္ တပ္ရင္း (၁၀၁၂)မွ ဗုိလ္ႀကီးေစာဖားမီး ဦးစီးေသာအဖြဲ႔သည္ ယမန္ေန႔က ကရင္အမ်ဳိးသား အစည္းအရုံး (KNU) တပ္မဟာ(၅)တပ္ဖြဲ႔ထံသုိ႔ လာေရာက္ပူးေပါင္းလာခဲ့သည္ဟု စုံစမ္း သိရွိရသည္။

အင္အား (၃၀)ခန္႔ရွိသည့္ ဗုိလ္ႀကီးေစာဖားမီးအဖြဲ႔သည္ ဧၿပီလ ၂၂ရက္ေန႔ ညေန ၃နာရီခန္႔တြင္ ၿမဳိင္ႀကီးငူရွိ BGF တပ္စခန္းကုိ ဝင္ေရာက္ပစ္ခတ္ခဲ့ရာ လက္နက္ခဲယမ္းဂုိေဒါင္တစ္လုံးႏွင့္ စစ္တန္းလွ်ားတစ္လုံးကုိ ေဖာက္ခြဲမီး ႐ိႈ႕လုိက္ၿပီးေနာက္ ယမန္ေန႔ မြန္းလြဲပုိင္းတြင္ KNU တပ္မဟာ (၅) တပ္ဖြဲ႔ထံသုိ႔ လာေရာက္ပူးေပါင္းခဲ့သည္ဟု KNLA အရာရွိတဦးက ေျပာသည္။ Continue reading “ၿမိဳင္ႀကီးငူေဒသရွိ BGF တပ္ဖြဲ႔ဝင္အခ်ဳိ႕ KNU ထံ လာေရာက္ပူးေပါငး္”

Three Reportedly Killed in Internal BGF Clash

Armed fighting broke out for reasons unknown between Karen soldiers from Border Guard Force (BGF) unit 1012 and another unidentified BGF unit at their headquarters in southern Karen State on Friday.

Three soldiers were reportedly killed in the clash, according to Karen sources close to the BGF, while an ammunition store and a military barracks were burned down. Ten rifles were sequestered from the ammunition store by unit 1012 during the clash, said Brig-Gen Johnny, the commander of Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) Brigade 7.

The clash happened at Myaing Gyi Ngu, which is the former headquarters of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), a Karen rebel group which has mostly allied itself with the Burmese army despite much opposition to the alliance among its rank and file.

But despite widespread reports that many former DKBA soldiers were unhappy to serve under the control of Burmese army officers, Friday’s incident marks the first reported bloodshed.

Col Paw Doh, of the main ethnic Karen armed group, the Karen National Union (KNU), told The Irrawaddyon Monday: “The fighting broke out on April 22 at about 3 pm. As far as we know, the fighting was initiated by Pa Mee. The soldiers burned down one ammunition store and one army barracks.”

Pa Mee is a commanding officer in BGF 1012 who was a former member of DKBA Battalion 555.

Another DKBA source close to BGF 1012 confirmed to The Irrawaddy that Pa Mee led his men in an attack against another BGF unit.

BGF unit 1012 is formed by formers members of DKBA Battalion 555 who were transferred last year into the Burmese government-controlled BGF.

Meanwhile, sources from Brigade 7 of the KNLA, the military wing of the KNU, reported that 12 Karen soldiers from BGF unit 1016 deserted the BGF and defected to KNLA Brigade 7 on April 21.

The defecting members of the BGF had been based in Myawaddy, and reportedly brought with them four M-16 rifles, six AK-47s, two carbine rifles and one M-79.

According to the KNLA Brigade 7 report, no less than 67 soldiers from BGF units 1015, 1016 and 1019 defected to the KNLA between January and April, most saying they were unwilling to serve under Burmese army command.

On Saturday, DKBA Brigade 5 attacked Burmese Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 212 in Ka Ma Kaung in Papun District of northern Karen State, where they burned down a paddy store and an ammunition store, according to Karen media reports.

Led by Brig-Gen Saw Lah Pwe, Brigade 5 is the largest faction of the DKBA to totally reject the BGF plan. In November, a serious clash broke out in Myawaddy between Brigade 5 and Burmese government troops, forcing 20,000 refugees to take temporary shelter in Thailand.

Armed clashes have continued to date between DKBA Brigade 5 and government troops in the southern Karen State area.

Karen Groups Join Forces on the Frontline

Soon after attacking an unidentified Border Guard Force (BGF) unit at their headquarters last Friday, some 28 members of BGF Unit 1012 made contact with Brigade 5 of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) in Papun, northern Karen State, according to Karen military sources.

Led by their commanding officer, Pa Mee, BGF Unit 1012 clashed with the other BGF unit at Myaing Gyi Ngu in southern Karen State, in fighting that reportedly claimed three lives. The breakaway BGF unit also burned down one military barracks and an ammunition store, sources said.

“The same day they launched the attack, they crossed the western Salween River and entered territory controlled by KNLA Brigade 5,” said Brig-Gen Johnny, the commander of KNLA Brigade 7. “They brought only about 30 small rifles, after burning any heavy weapons they couldn’t carry with them.”

The breakaway unit of the Burmese military-led BGF is now meeting with KNLA Brigade 5 leaders and “have joined hands with the KNU,” said Johnny, referring to the Karen National Union, the political wing of the KNLA. “They will return to us soon,” he added.

Meanwhile, a unit of Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) Brigade 5, led by Brig-Gen Saw Lah Pwe, also launched a major attack against Burmese government troops from Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 543 in Kyeikdon Township on Sunday, said Karen sources close to the DKBA.

The battle lasted 12 hours and resulted in the death of around 19 Burmese soldiers and injuries to another 17, said the sources.

The assault followed an attack on Saturday by another unit of DKBA Brigade 5 that targeted LIB 212 in Ka Ma Kaung in Papun District. No casualties were reported, but the Burmese army unit’s food and ammunition stores were destroyed. Continue reading “Karen Groups Join Forces on the Frontline”