Battles continue in Northern Shan and Kachin State

Fierce fighting continues between Kachin Independence Army and Burmese government’s army with casualties increasing, but a political solution is still far from sight.

A fierce fighting between KIA’s 9th Battalion under 4th Brigade and Burmese Army’s Nampaka-based 123rd LIB under North Eastern Regional Military Command took place on the road between Nampaka town and Humaing village on May 29 at 9 am. Burmese Army later withdraws its troops to Nampaka after suffering high casualties, reported a frontline source.

On May 28, KIA’s troops under 5th Brigade have fought against Burmese Army’s soldiers under 40th LIR at Lung Rawk post near Laja Yang.

KIA’s capital security forces deterred an advancing Burmese Army column between Shadan valley and Ntap Hill on May 28 at 8am. Burmese Army’s artillery unit stationed at Gang Dau Yang village reportedly fired several rounds of 105 mm mortar shells into Npawn Hpaga village, said a KIA source.

The two sides met last March at Ruili City in China and made a preliminary agreement to reduce troops in conflict areas. President Thein Sein ordered Burmese Army twice in last December and January to halt military offensives against KIA. But Burmese Army buildups continue and fighting has intensified since then.

Burmese government delegation’s main interest in previous meetings is signing a ceasefire agreement, said a KIO official. Though KIO repeatedly asked Burmese government to honor previous ceasefire agreement by repositioning its troops, Burmese Army shows no signs of abating its offensive war.

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In 1994, the then Burmese thuggish regime, the SPDC, isolated KNU/KNLA by making easy ceasefire deals with other resistance forces. It tried to wipe out the Karen resistance militarily in the flowing 17 years, without success. Now, the equally thuggish USDP regime has isolated the KIO/KIA and it is trying to wipe out the Kachin resistance movement since June 9, 2011. The regime has spent more than USD 40 million on its war effort in Kachin Land and its troops have suffered more than 15,000 dead and wounded, while the KIA has suffered less than 300 dead and wounded. I have no doubt that the Burmese imperial army will be driven out from the Kachin Land in the near future, if it does not seek a ceasefire acceptable to the KIO/KIA.

The Burmese Imperial Army is trained, supported and commanded poorly. The use of amphetamine drug by the Burmese troops shows that. A Burmese battalion/regiment has only about 60 combat troops. The morale of the troops is very low. The KIO/KIA should lure the Burmese troops deep into the jungles and launch more battles of annihilation. Do not attack their well build-up camps. Attack them while they are on the move. Carry out more battles of attrition in their rear areas.

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