Thursday, May 9, 2013
Soldiers from the SSA-S display their military skills at Shan resistance day at their headquarters in Loi Taileng in February 2011
An outpost belonging to the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) in northeastern Burma was burnt down on Sunday by government soldiers, who claimed to be searching for four Burmese “civilians” who went missing at the end of last month, rebels say.
Burmese soldiers raided an SSA-S outpost in Tenghkam village in Namhkam township in northern Shan state on Sunday under the premise of looking for the four individuals – who are believed to be military intelligence personnel – and set it on fire when they could not be found, according to the rebels.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A new bout of fighting erupted on Monday in a border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the latest indication of a sharp deterioration in relations between the important US allies.
Pakistan is seen as vital in bringing stability to Afghanistan as most Western forces prepare to withdraw by the end of next year.
The United States and other powers involved in Afghanistan have been trying to promote cooperation between the Asian neighbours, who have a history of mistrust.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Snipers from the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and the KNLA (Karen National Liberation Army) practice together on the firing range
In east Burma’s Karen State, hundreds of civilians have fled from their homes as fighting continues between the rebel Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and a government-backed militia, the Karen Border Guard Force (BGF).
The displaced families have left villages near the town of Myaing Gyi Ngu, a former stronghold base of the DKBA where government troops have reportedly been dispatched to curb tensions between the two rival militias.
Friday, May 3, 2013
As Shan State Army and Burma army are head to head reinforcing their troops along the west Salween between Tangyan and Kehsi townships and as the war is imminent, fearing that the fight would cross and spread to east Salween, United Wa State Army (UWSA) has alerted its troops to be ready, according to the local news sources.
“The units of government army is increasingly reinforcing its troops into the Shan State Army controlled areas such as Loi Khok, Loi Zay, Loi Khio and Loi Lan, the areas where the latter bases are located. At the same time, SSA has also deployed their troops to defend its positions. On the other hand, as the tension between the two rivals—SSA and the Burma Army is growing, it has worried USWA that the fight would spread cross over to east of the Salween and its troops have been alert to be prepared and ready,” an officer from SSA said.