Two KIA soldiers take position in the frontline near Laiza headquarters, eastern Kachin State.
Four 120mm mortars of the Burmese Army are being moved closer to key frontline positions of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in Manmaw (Bhamo) district in Kachin State, northern Burma, eyewitnesses said.
On a part of the Manmaw-Loije Road, connecting the Chinese border, where battles have been on between the two sides for over a month now, the Burmese Army troops are now moving four 120mm mortars from Hka Wan Bang village to near the KIA’s positions, added eyewitnesses.
Yesterday, fighting raged for an hour at noon in Du Ra Kawng between the two sides from the Burmese Army-controlled Hka Wan Bang and KIA-controlled Law Dan. Burmese troops fired 120mm mortars rounds from positions closer to the KIA, said a Baptist pastor of Law Dan, who did not want to be named.
The pastor told Kachin News Group on Tuesday, “We have about 30 households in the village. Now, we are holding meetings for evacuation, especially of women and children from the war zone because Burmese troops have moved closer with four 120mm mortars towards KIA positions”.
The latest Burmese Army reinforcements of five personnel-carrying trucks from N’Mawk (Momauk) arrived in the war zone on Tuesday morning, said eyewitnesses.
Since October, KIA troops and People’s Army soldiers have resisted successive offensives by government troops.
The Burmese government broke the 17-year ceasefire and launched a military offensive against the KIA on June 9 this year. The KIA and its People’s Army fighters have resisted the severe military onslaught by the Burmese Army using defensive tactics. KNG news 8.november 2011
နို၀င္ဘာ 8 ,2011
ဆဒုံး-ကန္ပိုက္တီ လမ္းေႀကာင္းမွ စစ္ေႀကာင္းထိုးတက္လာေနေသာ ျမန္မာစစ္ေႀကာင္း
ကခ်င္လြတ္ေျမာက္ေရးတပ္မေတာ္ ေကအိုင္ေအ အား စစ္ေရးအရအနိုင္ယူတိုက္ခိုက္နိုင္ရန္ရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္ျဖင့္ ျမန္မာအစိုးရ စစ္တပ္တို ့သည္ စစ္မ်က္နွာေပါင္းစုံဖြင့္လ်က္ ေကအိုင္ေအ တပ္မေတာ္အားအျပင္းအထန္ထိုးစစ္ဆင္တိုက္ခိုက္လ်က္ရိွေနရာ ယခုအခါ ဆဒုံး ( Sadung ) ကန္ပိုက္တီ ( KamPai Ti ) လဖိုင္( Lahpai ) လမ္းးပိုင္း ဘက္မွထိုးစစ္ဆင္တိုက္ခိုက္ရန္ျပင္ဆင္သည့္အေနျဖင့္ အဆိုပါေဒသသို ့စစ္အင္အားအလုံးအရင္းပို ့ေဆာင္လ်က္ရိွေနပါသည္။
လြန္ခဲ့ေသာ တနဂၤေႏြေန ့ည ( ၉)နာရီခန္ ့က ၀ိုင္းေမာ္ျမိဳ ့ခလရ(၅၈)တပ္ရင္းတြင္ ေရာက္ရိွေနေသာ တပ္မ(၈၈)မွတပ္ဖြဲ ့၀င္အင္အား ( ၁၅၀-၂၀၀)ခန္ ့သည္ ညအေမွာင္ကို အကာအကြယ္ယူကာ ဆဒုံး-ကန္ပိုက္တီေဒသ သို ့စစ္ေႀကာင္းထိုး ခ်ီတက္သြားကာ တနလာၤမနက္ပိုင္းတြင္လည္း ထပ္မံ၍ ေနာက္ထပ္ စစ္အင္အား အေယာက္ ( ၃၅၀-၄၀၀)ခန္ ့အဆိုပါေဒသသို ့ထပ္မံခ်ီတက္သြားေႀကာင္းသိရိွရသည္။ စစ္ေႀကာင္းနွင့္အတူ ရိကၡာ လက္နက္ခဲယမ္း သယ္ေဆာင္ေသာ စစ္ကားတန္းမ်ား၊ ၀န္တင္ေသာ ျမင္း ၊ လား မ်ား အေကာင္ (၅၀)ခန္ ့ပါရိွေႀကာင္းသိရိွရသည္။
အဆိုပါ စစ္ေႀကာင္းထိုးတက္သြားျပီး ေနာက္ စစ္ေႀကာင္းခ်ီတက္ရာလမ္းေႀကာင္းေပၚရိွ ၀ါးေရွာင္- ေဂၚဆက္ယန္ ေက်းရြာ အထက္ဘက္ရိွ ဘြမ္ေတာမ္ ( Bum Tawng) ေဒသတြင္ တိုက္ပြဲမ်ား စတင္ျဖစ္ပြားရာ နို၀င္ဘာ(၆-၇)နွစ္ရက္ဆက္ကာ တိုက္ပြဲျပင္းထန္စြာျဖစ္ပြားေနေႀကာင္းသိရိွရသည္။ ၄င္းတိုက္ပြဲ အေသးစိတ္သတင္းအား မသိရိွရေသးပါ.။
ထို ့အျပင္ ယခုအခါ ျမစ္ႀကီးနား-ကန္ပိုက္တီ ကားလမ္းကို လည္းပိတ္ပစ္လိုက္ျပီး ျဖတ္သန္းသြားလာခြင့္မျပဳေတာ့ေႀကာင္းသိရိွရသည္။ွအရပ္သား တစ္ဦးအားလည္း အဆိုပါစစ္ေႀကာင္းမွ ေကအိုင္ေအ သူပုန္အျဖစ္စြပ္စြဲကာ သုံ ့ပန္းအျဖစ္ဖမ္းဆီးေခၚေဆာင္သြားေႀကာင္းထပ္မံသိရိွရသည္။
Source ( Jinghpawkasa )
One year has gone and things are looking bright but no one should forget that the moon has its dark side too, according to sources to a number of top Naypyitaw officials, who claim Senior General Than Shwe who was supposed to have put himself out to pasture is still the real power especially when it comes to military affairs.
“President Thein Sein wants the country to return to peace through negotiations,” the source who, as a former businessman, is close to bigwigs in the new capital. “But he still have little say in military matters.”
New military campaigns that were waged against the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), Shan State Army (SSA) North and Kachin Independence Army (KIA), groups that had concluded ceasefire pacts with Naypyitaw, were reportedly ordered by him. Before November 2010, the Burma Army had been fighting only with the Karen National Union (KNU), Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) and the Shan State Army (SSA) South.
Even after new ceasefire pacts had been signed in September with the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), their requests for the Burma Army to withdraw to their pre 2009 lines went unheeded. (The Burma Army built up new bases around the two allies’ areas after they turned down its April 2009 proposal to transform themselves into Burma Army-run Border Guard Forces.
The SSA North, during the 29 October peace talks, also reportedly requested the withdrawal of 4 new Burma Army bases around its Wanhai headquarters in Kehsi township. The Burmese delegates accordingly took note and promised a prompt response which never came. “All these show the final decision still rests with the Senior General,” he said. Continue reading “Top official: Than Shwe still holds the reins”
New Delhi (Mizzima) – A total of 106 members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) from states and regions in Burma will meet with NLD leadership on November 18 in Rangoon to decide whether it will register as a political party or not.
Members of the NLD Central Committee met on Tuesday at Aung San Suu Kyi’s home on University Avenue Road in Rangoon and agreed to hold a party-wide meeting on November 18, spokesman Ohn Kyaing told Mizzima.
“All Central Committee members except members who were ill attended the meeting,” he said.
NLD vice chairman Tin Oo, General-Secretary Aung San Suu Kyi, and leaders Win Tin, Nyan Win, Han Thar Myint, Ohn Kyaing, May Win Myint, Than Tun, Hla Pe and Win Myint attended the meeting.
The party-wide meeting will be held at NLD headquarters on Shwegondine Road in Rangoon.
The meeting comes five days after President Thein Sein signed a law revising the Political Party Registration Law. Observers said the revision was designed to pave the way for the NLD to re-register as a political party. The NLD decided not to re-register to run in the 2010 election, saying there were elements in the new Constitution and party registration law that were undemocratic.
Recently, Suu Kyi, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that her party would consider re-registration after studying the amended registration law. Both Suu Kyi and party Vice Chairman Tin Oo were under house arrest when the former military regime announced the 2010 election and party registration law.
There have been intense debates within the NLD over whether to re-register as a party. Earlier, the decision not to re-register led to some top party leaders breaking away from the NLD to form a new political party, the National Democratic Force (NDF). The NDF won 16 parliamentary seats in the 2010 November election.
Recently, Labour Minister Aung Kyi said the government would welcome and work with a legal NLD. Suu Kyi said that she needed to consult the party’s senior members before making a decision.
Speaking to The Myanmar Times before the recent amnesty, Ko Ko Hlaing, a presidential adviser for political affairs, said the release of a substantial number of NLD members from prison could prove decisive.
In an interview with Mizzima, senior NLD leader Win Tin said last week: “We haven’t been satisfied yet with the political prisoners release. We have to wait and see, how the constitutional reform might happened, whether there is any attempt at constitutional reform, or if the NLD could promise to work for constitutional reform if the party leadership were elected to Parliament. I think we have to consider the possible outcomes.
“The party has an obligation to stand for its principles. But it depends on how the party leadership understands the situation and how it analyzes the possibilities. For me, it is hard to give a personal view. I think the issue must be considered by the whole party leadership structure,” he said.
The Burma Army is sending extra troops, arms and food supplies to the Tavoy (Dawei) area in southern Burma in what local Karen says are signs that the government troops are about to launch a major offensive against the Karen National Union.
A Karen National Union military source said that by the end of October, 20 Burma Army military trucks transported around 3,000 sacks of rice and military supplies to Myitta village east of Tavoy.
The Karen National Union in the area is on high alert in response to the Burma Army’s preparations.
Saw Kwe Htoo Win, chairman of the KNU’s Mergui-Tavoy District (Tenasserim Division) told Karen News.
“Normally every dry season the Burma Army transports food supplies to their frontline troops, but the build-up this year suggests that they will launch a major offensive.”
The actions of the Burma Army is seen by the KNU as a military move to secure the Tavoy-Kanchanaburi road construction, which passes through a KNU controlled area. Continue reading “WAR: The Burma Army is sending extra troops, arms and food supplies to the Tavoy (Dawei) area”