Kachin In­de­pen­dence Or­gan­i­sa­tion/ Kachin In­de­pen­dence Army

Mizzima Business Weekly - - ETHNIC NEWS ROUNDUP -

The Kachin In­de­pen­dence Or­gan­i­sa­tion/Kachin In­de­pen­dence Army has cre­ated a new brigade in north­ern Shan State. The move comes at a par­tic­u­larly dis­turb­ing time as the Restora­tion Coun­cil of Shan States (RCSS) and the Ta’ang Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion Army (TNLA) con­tinue to fight over ter­ri­tory.

The KIA es­tab­lished its new 6th Brigade on 26 Fe­bru­ary 2016, in Mong­baw, Mongkoe and Phaungh­sai, which were pre­vi­ously con­trolled by the Burmese Com­mu­nist Party (BCP) in north­ern Shan State.

The rea­son for the new brigade is un­clear but it is likely tied to the TNLA/RCSS con­flict. The TNLA was trained and equipped by the KIA and have fought the Myan­mar army along­side them. While this could be one rea­son the other, and more likely one, is that the KIA is tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther ex­pand its own in­flu­ence south.

Photo: Min Min/Hong Sar

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Myanmar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.