War:search-and-destroy mission against the Shan State Army (SSA) on 20 May 2011.

25 May 2011
Militiamen from Namyom Wan Mong ordered by column commander from Mong Phyak-based Light Infantry Battalion 335 to take the vanguard despite protests, while on a search-and-destroy mission against the Shan State Army (SSA) on 20 May 2011. Fortunately, the column did not run into any ambushes and came back unscathed on the next day. The militiamen said they had to pay for their own rations and also for the fuel of the tolajis (farm tractors) used as transports. (SHAN)

25 May 2011
Mongla-based National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) has reinforced its last bastion, Mong Fan, before Hsop Lwe, the mouth of the river Lwe that follows into the Mekong and its remaining outlet to the outside world.
Meanwhile villagers of Wan Kho and Pong Hiet where the NDAA had abandoned are undergoing a heretofore unknown experience of forced labor: building outposts, feeding the soldiers and getting their cattle and chickens killed for food, according to local militia sources. (SHAN)


WAR:All KIA troops in Northern Burma on alert

All frontline KIA troops have been placed on alert in Kachin State and Northern Shan State, in the country’s north. The KIA is waiting to see how the central Burmese government will respond to the KIA warning to withdraw Burmese troops near KIA military bases by tomorrow.

The warning includes withdrawal of the three new Burmese military posts circling the KIA’s Pang Hkawn-based, Battalion 5, in Sinbo, Mohnyin Township.

kachin_army_kachin_stateKIA soldiers prepare to depart frontlines in eastern Kachin State.

The unusual warning from the Central Committee of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), the political wing of the KIA, was released on May 19 after the Burmese army fired mortar rounds at Battalion 25, based in Dum Bung Krung, near the Taping (Ta Hkaw Hka or Dapein) hydropower plants.

The warning was contained in a letter sent to the Burmese Army’s Northern Regional Commander, Brig-Gen Zeyar Aung. A copy was also sent to Lajawn Ngan Seng, Chief Minister of the government in Kachin State.

The KIA official in Laiza headquarters in eastern Kachin State said the civil war will be broken out if the central government responds the KIA’s warning with military ways.

War:Burmese troops not responding to warning

Burmese troops are still not responding to the Kachin Independence Army’s (KIA) warning that all Burmese troops deployed close to KIA military camps should disperse by the May 25th deadline, KIA officials said.The KIA sent a letter to the Burmese government on May 19th, saying all Burmese troops near KIA camps, including three Burmese army battalions stationed near KIA Battalion 5, based in Sinbo, should withdraw from their positions.

nam-sa-military-checkpointA Burmese soldier at Nam Sa gate on Tamonye-Mongsi road near the KIA’s Brigade 4 in Northern Shan State. Photo: Kachin News Group

In the letter, the KIA also warned any action taken because the Burmese troops refuse to comply will be the responsibility of the Burmese government.