Renewed military conficts in Shan State - 30 Myanmar soldiers reported dead


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Article: Shan Herald

Renewed armed conflict between the Shan State Progress Party/ Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) and Burma Army, which started last week continues sporadically even after President Thein Sein ordered its troops to stop offensive last Saturday, according to SSA news sources.

On 23 February, the Shan State Progress Party/ Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) sent a letter to the President, containing six points, after which the Burma Army began to posture as if it was withdrawing, when in reality it was not doing anything of that nature.
Following the letter to the President, head of the north-eastern military command sent a message to Lashio SSPP/SSA liaison officer that the SSA should not ambush the Burma Army, while they collect their deaths.
“They were not just collecting their deaths and wounded but closing in on SSA positions. Also troops under the Military Operation Command 2 were reinforcing the area around Mong Awt, Mong Hsu Township. At the moment, military tension is on the rise around Wan Loi village and if armed conflict occurs it could be prolonged”, according to a SSPP/SSA officer.
On 18 February, army trucks from the central-eastern and north-eastern military commands entered SSPP/SSA controlled areas, followed by a total of five skirmishes on the same day, 20 February and 22 February.
“The government troops are to look after the security of DEA, which will be arriving on the 26 February. That is the reason why they are preparing to squeeze out of SSA troops out from the area with two battalions, so that the DEA could land with its helicopter. The said Pan Phi area in Mong Kong village tract is a steep valley and impossible for a helicopter to land. If DEA is really coming we could negotiate and could even give necessary security”, according to the same SSPP/SSA officer.
In a letter addressed to the President with subject titled “Appealing to stop the Burma Army offensive”, SSPP/SSA said that it really wants peace and have shown its good will by giving in to the demand of the government to withdraw from its three bases in 2012. The letter said that it troops are now based on mountain ranges around Tang Yang Township and appeal that the government troops to immediately stop the offensive.

Burma Army reinforcing troops in recent battle scene with RCSS/SSA

Thirty Burma Army soldiers killed in clashes with SSPP/SSA

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 16:51 S.H.A.N.

Reliable reports said that during the last weeks of February, thirty Burmese government troops were killed in action in its clashes with the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA).
“Fighting on the 22 February was quite fierce and the Burma Army came to collect its deaths and wounded the following day. The casualty of the government troops was not less than thirty”, according to a militia leader, who don’t want to be named.
On 24 February, unexploded 60mm ammunition fired by the Burma Army exploded, due to the villagers’ routine bushfire in preparation for land cultivation, during the night. The villagers said that the panic-ridden government troops responded by firing their weapons all night long.
“Before the Union Day of 12 February, the Burma Army demanded for the withdrawal of SSA troops from Loi Lang base, which was refused, subsequently leading to the reinforcement of its troops and seven armed clashes along the mountain ranges. Only on 22 February battle alone, the Burma Army had suffered 28 killed”, according to an officer from SSA headquarters.
“According to our sources, the Burma Army causalities are 28 deaths and 14 wounded. We are only on defensive position and when young, inexperience Burmese soldiers advanced for they could not disobey orders, they were cut down. We have only a few wounded but must be careful not to be the targets of Burma Army’s heavy artilleries, said one SSA frontline commander.
Even though President Thein Sein has recently ordered the government troops to stop the offensive, Light Infantry battalions 322, 315, 577, 574, 525 and Infantry battalions 33, 131, 295, with an estimate of one thousand troops are deployed in Tang Yang and Mong Hsu Townships, resulting in continued military

Burma Army reinforcing troops in recent battle scene with RCSS/SSA

Friday, 01 March 2013 10:12 S.H.A.N.

According to local sources the Burma Army (BA) has been reinforcing its troops around recent battle scene with the Restoration Council of Shan State/ Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), in Kholam area.
Village elders were worried of the escalating military tension, when they saw forty four-wheel drive, packed with BA solders from Nam Zang Township headed for the battle scene that had erupted four days ago.
"Some of the cars were filled with BA soldiers, while others were fully loaded and heavily camouflaged. It seems that they are moving towards the battle scene on Sunday, 24 February", said a traveller, who is also a member of a political party.
Burma Army trucks (Photo:

A fire fight broke out on 24 February from 2:30 to 3:30 P.M. between the RCSS/SSA and a column from Burma Army's IB 66 based in Kholum, Southern Shan State, killing 5, including its leader, Col Kyaw Myint Htun. 8 assorted guns, a walkie-talkie and other military hardware were captured, according to the SSA sources. SSA has indicated that it would hand back the captured weapons, if asked.
”The BA wanted to get back their lost weapons, but said that the SSA should leave them with the village headman and will come to take them back later. RCSS/SSA don't agree with it for it wants to give them back formally", said a person near to the RCSS/SSA leadership.
Meanwhile, Major Dewing, representative of the RCSS/SSA in Kholam liaison office, who was said to be detained by the BA, has been released from Central-eastern Command office and that he was only questioned and not detained, as has been rumoured.
Similar episode also occurred last August, when the BA detained ten persons on charge of being hardcore members of the the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA), which was responded by the abduction of BA officer Thet Soe of the LIB 324. The BA in turn detained a liaison officer of the SSPP/SSA for Lashio for 48 hours in BA North-eastern Command office.
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