August 20, 2016

AA insurgents ambush Tatmadaw columns

Map shows areas where clashes happened.
Map shows areas where clashes happened.

AA insurgents from the Arakan Army ambushed Tatmadaw troops providing security to workers building a border fence along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border recently.
The fighting occurred between border post Nos. 63 and 64 on 27 February and again on Tuesday, and between border post Nos. 64 and 65 on Thursday. An undisclosed number of Tatmadaw soldiers were killed.
After the fighting the
insurgents retreated beyond the border.
As some solders sacrificed their lives in the fighting, the Tatmadaw is planning to annihilate the insurgents while negotiating with the ‘neighboring country’ about the issue through diplomatic means, according to the Tatmdaw-run Myawady Daily. In March 2015, AA insurgents started to conduct operations in areas between the border post Nos. 68 and 71 in order to establish their strongholds in Paletwa and Kyauktaw.
After engaging with the Tatmadaw forces, they withdrew from the area.
Tatmadaw troops have clashed with the Arakan Army (AA), an ethnic insurgent group, 15 times from 28 December to 4 January in the Ranchaung-Ru Chaung area of Kyauktaw Township, Rakhine State.
The fighting occurred when Tatmadaw troops cleared the area, acting on intelligence that AA insurgents were preparing to invade.
Several Tatmadaw personnel, including one commanding officer, were killed in sniper attacks, while many others were injured.
The Tatmadaw captured three insurgents and seized one weapon, 1,250 rounds of bullets, 44 mines, 10 grenades, 15 tents, 42 bags of rice, 15 containers of edible oil and a cache of medicine.
Most AA members are thought to have been recruited by force or coercion.
The Tatmadaw has announced that it will continue to launch offensive attacks against AA forces until the area is cleared of all insurgents.
The AA was formed by 20 original members at the former headquarters of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in April 2009, when the KIA formed the Federal Union Army (FUA) and sent member ethnic armed groups to conduct operations in their places of origin.
In April 2015, further clashes erupted between the AA and the Tatmadaw when the former attempted to seize Tatmadaw-controlled territory.


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