New EBO Background Paper – The Arakan Army’s involvement in Rakhine State

My latest paper on the Kachin based Arakan Army in available here.

On 29 March 2015, fighting broke out between the Arakan Army’s (AA) Tactical Unit No. 5 and Myanmar Army Infantry Battalion No. 289 in one of the first major attacks for the AA outside of Kachin State where they are largely based. The attack, on the ethnic Chin village of Pyin So, Paletwa Township, Chin State, forced hundreds of villagers to flee. According to one villager, speaking to the Chin Human Rights Organisation, the fighting had occurred because Government soldiers stationed in the village had captured an Arakan Army soldier, three days before the clash.

Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Nyo Tun Aung, AA deputy commander-in-chief, said in a Narinjara interview that two bodies – a captain and a private, both from the Burma Army – were recovered, and that they arrested two Myanmar Army soldiers. In addition, the AA seized a 45mm pistol, two MA-1 machine guns, one MA-3 machine gun, several bullets, and military equipment. He also noted that because the government has been increasing the number of Burma Army soldiers in the area there is likely to be further fighting.

New EBO Background Paper – The National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K)

My new Background Paper for the Euro Burma Office is now available via their website here.

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K)

On 4 June 2015, a coalition of separatist rebels ambushed a convoy of Indian troops, from the sixth Dogra Regiment, in the country’s northeastern state of Manipur killing at least 18 soldiers and seriously injuring twelve others.

The soldiers were on patrol when they came under fire from rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles, and machine guns. The attack marks a further escalation of the conflict against the Indian army in the country’s northeast. Indian intelligence stated it suspected the involvement of the Myanmar based National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K) and the United National Liberation Front, a Manipuri rebel group, in the joint attack. Shortly after, a press release from the NSCN-K stated that an elite unit of its guerrillas and those from its Manipuri allies, KYKL and KCP, had carried out the attack to uphold the cause of their sovereignty.