Shan State Army (SSA) North spokesman Maj Sai La, in response to the 29 October report of Myawady News, the organ of the Burma Army, says 6 SSA fighters, with 44 new recruits, were attacked by Burma Army troops on 26 October in Namkham, killing 2 of them. “Our men had only one automatic rifle between them,” he says. “And as we have signed a ceasefire agreement, nobody expected an assault by the Burma Army.” (SHAN)
Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’ units operating around its former HQ Hsengkeow in Hsipaw township have been ordered to withdraw by the Burma Army’s Lashio-based Northeastern Region Command on Tuesday, 24 April, according to SSA sources.
The withdrawal order was relayed to the SSA liaison office in Lashio, Shan State North capital, by Chief of Staff Col Win Thein. “He said if we were unable to pull out, the next best alternative would be not to be seen wearing uniforms and carrying arms.”
The Burma Army is carrying out an “area-cleansing” operation, according to the locals. Continue reading “Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’ ordered to move out of Burma Army’s way”
A Shan State Army (SSA) North patrol and a Burma Army column ran into each other in the hills near Hsenwi, 32 miles north of Lashio resulting in a 3-hour fight on Monday morning, 26 March, according to several sources.
The Burma Army column was made up of elements from Infantry Battalions 69 and 240; and Light Infantry Battalions 323 and 507, said a source who travels between Muse and Lashio. It reportedly suffered 5 killed and 12 wounded.
No further details have been disclosed, although an SSA source confirmed the clash.
Hsenwi is a township in Shan State Constituency # 3 for the National Assembly seat being contested by candidates from 5 parties including the National League for Democracy (NLD), Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) and the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).
Other townships in Constituency # 3 are Lashio, Kunlong, Tangyan and Mongyai.
Two bridges in the township were blown up by an unidentified armed group, one last night and the other, early this morning. No damages were reported. “The only result is there are more checkpoints being set up by Burma Army,” said a traveler. “Maybe that is what the rebels want.”
The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the SSA North are active in this area.
This is the 7th time the SSA North and the Burma Army have fought since the ceasefire agreement was signed on 28 January.
23 March 2012
Burma Army column charges an SSA temporary base near Mongmaw, Namtu township. The attackers withdraw after 30 minutes.
25 March 2012
Clash south of Hsenwi, after the Burma Army column charges a temporary stopover of the SSA. 40 minutes. SSA seizes 7 M79 shells and 73 sub-machinegun cartridges.
Holding state and union level meetings both in a single day on Saturday, 28 January, in Shan State capital Taunggyi, the two sides had successfully signed two agreements by the end of the day, according to Maj Sai La, SSA North spokesman.
The first 5 point agreement (State level) includes:
- For the Shan State Progress Party / Shan State Army, the SSA North’s official name, members and families to be resettled around Wanhai, the SSA North’s main base
- To set up liaison offices in Taunggyi, Lashio and Kholam
- To notify each other in advance in conducting movements with arms outside one’s area
- To fix venues and time acceptable to both sides to hold union level meeting
It was signed by Col Aung Thu, Minister for Security and Border Affairs, and 4 others for the Shan State Government, and Col Khun Hseng and 4 others for the SSPP/SSA. Continue reading “Naypyitaw-SSA North agree to uphold Three Causes on the basis of Panglong”
Shan State Army (SSA) North issues statement calling for comments on what it should do regarding Naypyitaw’s 18 August invitation for peace talks. It had already gone there to call for withdrawal of Burmese troops to pre-13 March offensive period with no success. Its sister group SSA South, on 19 November, agreed to sign a ceasefire pact with the new government. (SHAN)
Mongla, headquarters of the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) on the Sino-Burma border, holds Shan New Year festival, 21-27 November. Several allied armed organizations are expected to join the festivities. The Shan New Year, 1st Waxing Day of the 1st Lunar Month, falls on 26 November.(SHAN)
12 July 2011
Two clashes last night:
- The SSA North vs Burma Army’s IB 286 at Nampook, Kehsi township, north of SSA HQ Wanhai; 1 junta soldier captured alive
- At Pakha Hsai, between Mong Awd and Khum Pang, Monghsu township, a surprise encounter at 23:00, casualties unknown; Burma Army chased out by the SSA
Having suffered at least 300 casualties and the offensive drawing out from planned one week to two months, the Burma Army is using more and more local People’s Militias against the Shan State Progress Party / Shan State Army (SSPP / SSA), better known as the SSA North, according to both local and rebel sources.
On 10 May, Col Khaing Zaw, area commander of Tangyan township, summoned all militias to mobilize all their troops and weapons available. “They were to leave only skeleton troops to guard their rear bases,” said an informed source.
Among them are 100 plus strong Mong Ha militia led by Ma Guowen and 400 plus strong Manpang militia led by Bo Mon, both of whom are ex-officers from the defunct Mong Tai Army (MTA) of the late Khun Sa.
“We don’t want to fight them,” said an SSA commander. “This is what we call using carp oil to fry carp fish. But sometimes the fight is unavoidable.” Continue reading “WAR:Junta army employs more militias against Shan rebels”
25 March 2011
The Burma Army has dispatched at least 150 mules and horses for transportation in the Shan State Army war zone inaccessible to motor vehicles. (SHAN)
Former Shan State Army (SSA) North Brigade #3, which became a junta militia last year, declined to join the ongoing campaign against the SSA North led by Pang Fa, who had turned down the program. (SHAN)
Wat Kutao, Chiangmai, will be holding Poi Hsang Lawng (No vitiation Ceremony) of Shan boys, 25-27 March 2011. (SHAN)