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