Friday, September 13, 2013

Burma-Myanmar: Army launched major offensives against Kachin Independence Army (KIA) as government offers a nationwide peace accord


Battles spread across Kachin and northern Shan State as the technical advisory teams from KIO and Burmese government prepare for a meeting next week in Myitkyina. A series of intense battles raging across Kachin region between Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burmese Army in areas under KIA’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Brigades, except in KIA’s 5th Brigade area around KIO administrative capital Laiza.

A battle took place between KIA’s 12th Battalion troops and Burmese army’s 323rd Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) troops at Nam Hpang Hka Hku near Kawng Ja village in Mansi Township on Sept 11 at 6 am. The two sides encountered again at around 9 am at Lung Bra near Nam Hpang Hka Hku.

On the same day, KIA’s 12th Battalion troops launched a counter-attack on Burmese army positions at Kawng Ja, Bum Sen and Lung Bra at around 1 pm as Burmese army troops prepared for another offensive operation on KIA’s 12th Battalion positions. Another group of KIA troops under 12th Battalion encountered a combined force of Burmese army’s 323rd LIB and 522nd LIR under Military Operation Command (MOC) -16 near Mung Ding Pa village in southern Kachin State.

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