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Showing posts with label Arakan Army. Show all posts
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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Arakan Army Seeks to Build ‘Inclusive’ Administration in Rakhine State

Kyaw Hsan Hlaing
August 31, 2021

The armed group’s decision to include Muslim Rohingya representatives in local administration marks a sharp break with a succession of central governments.

Seven months since the military coup in Myanmar, the political wing of the rebel Arakan Army (AA) has significantly expanded its administrative and judicial mechanisms across Rakhine State in western Myanmar, with hundreds of its personnel now effectively administering the region independently of the military junta that rules in Naypyidaw. The group is also attempting to involve the state’s entire population, including the Rohingya Muslims, in the governance of what it hopes will become an autonomous Rakhine State.

On April 11, 2020, the 11th anniversary of the formation of the AA, Gen. Maj. Twan Mrat Naing, the army’s commander-in-chief, outlined the concept of the “way of Rakhita,” which he described as “the struggle for national liberation and the restoration of Arakan’s sovereignty to the people of Arakan.” This refers to the restoration of the independent Arakan kingdom that ruled significant parts of western Myanmar until 1824, when it was conquered by the Burmese kingdom based in Mandalay.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

The Arakan Army, Myanmar Military Coup and Politics of Arakan

Authors: Kyaw Lynn
Programmes:Myanmar in Focus

A Myanmar Commentary by Kyaw Lynn

In the aftermath of the November general election the intense fighting between the national armed forces (Tatmadaw) and the Arakan Army came to an unexpected halt. Since the February coup of the State Administration Council, the situation has remained delicately poised. Political sentiment is very high. But Rakhine nationalism is presently on a different cycle to political movements in other parts of the country. In this commentary Kyaw Lynn outlines why the coming months will remain a time of high tension and uncertainty in Arakan politics.

When political analysts in Myanmar and beyond discuss the role of ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) in the struggle against the military coup in February, the Arakan Army (AA) becomes one of the key political forces in shaping their dialogue and perceptions. The AA, the military wing of the United League of Army (ULA), is the only armed group that can challenge the power of the national armed forces (Tatmadaw) on Myanmar’s western frontiers. This became especially evident during the 2018-20 period when the ULA-AA demonstrated its sharp resistance against the power of the centralised Myanmar state. Behind the ULA rise, there were three key features: popular support among the Rakhine population, well-trained soldiers, and a younger leadership that read the evolving mood and political situation in the country perceptively well.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Rakhine's Arakan Army joins other minorities in condemning junta

Dhaka Tribune
March 23rd, 2021

The group condemned the current actions by the Burmese Army and police calling it 'cruel' and 'unacceptable' 

The Arakan Army (AA), a major ethnic militia in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state, on Tuesday joined other ethnic groups in condemning last month’s military coup and the ensuing violent crackdown on protesters.

While several other armed groups fighting long-running wars in Myanmar's borderlands have signalled their support for pro-democracy protests, the AA, which had agreed a ceasefire with the government ousted on February 1, had not commented publicly.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Myanmar Military, Arakan Army Confirm Indirect Talks as Some Refugees Head Home

Radio Free Asia
Residents, who fled from conflict between the Myanmar army and the Arakan Army (AA), arrive at a temporary refugee camp at a monastery in Sittwe, Rakhine State, June 29, 2020.

Myanmar’s military and the rebel Arakan Army are holding indirect talks through mediators to try to build on a three-week lull in fighting in Rakhine state since elections, spokesmen for the warring sides told RFA.

While contacts through a third party attempt to put an end to a two-year-long war between rebel troops and government forces has killed more than 300 civilians and displaced about 226,000 others, some war refugees have already to villages, in the face of landmines and other unexploded ordnance.

Leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her ruling National League for Democracy won a second five-year mandate in Nov. 8 general elections that were followed by an NLD outreach to ethnic-based political parties, gestures toward peace talks from the country’s powerful military, and three weeks without fighting in Rakhine state.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Myanmar citizens deported from Singapore over alleged insurgent ties remanded in custody

July 26, 2019
YANGON (Reuters) - Six Myanmar nationals deported from Singapore over alleged links to an ethnic minority insurgent group were remanded in custody in Yangon on Friday, a court spokesman said, as relatives of the accused said they were being held incommunicado.
Ohn Tin, the mother of Hein Zaw, the arrested Arakanese Association-Singapore chairperson, speaks to the media outside of Mayangon court in Yangon, Myanmar, July 26, 2019. REUTERS/Myat Kyaw Thu 
“We issued another remand this morning for them,” Min Thant, an information officer at the Western District Court in the commercial capital of Yangon, told Reuters by telephone, without giving further details.

The five men and one woman were arrested in Singapore in early July and later deported to Myanmar, where they were arrested shortly after arriving.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Lawmakers Submit Urgent Proposal to Resume Internet Services in N. Rakhine

The Irrawaddy
By Min Aung Khine 
25 June 2019
The session of Rakhine state parliament in Sittwe, Rakhine State on June 24, 2019. / Min Aung Khine / The Irrawaddy

SITTWE—An urgent proposal regarding the shutdown of internet services in eight townships in Rakhine State was submitted to the state parliament on Monday.

Lawmaker U Hla Thein Aung of Minbya Township submitted the proposal urging the Union government to resume internet services in eight Rakhine townships where the Tatmadaw (or Myanmar Army) and the Arakan Army are fighting.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Family Members of Three Rakhine Villagers who Died in Detention Demand Investigation.


Daw Ahla, wife of Thein Tun Sein who died in detention after being arrested by Myanmar's military.

The family members of three villagers from Myanmar’s Rakhine state who died while being detained by the military are demanding justice, saying that the military’s explanation for the villagers’ deaths were lies.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Six people killed, eight injured in Rakhine unrest.


Members of the Myanmar Red Cross Society carry a wounded man from a boat to Sittwe Hospital in Rakhine State on Thursday. Photo - EPA

Six people were killed and eight others injured during a disturbance at a school compound where hundreds of villagers were being detained by government forces in a village in Rathedaung township, Rakhine State, a senior spokesman of the Tatmadaw (military) said on Thursday.

Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun said the casualties happened before dawn on Thursday when some detainees crowded around the police officers guarding them, and the police fired warning shots to stop them.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Myanmar Army Rounds Up Hundreds of Rakhine Villagers For Questioning.


Three people walk along a road are seen during a government-organized visit for journalists in Buthidaung townships close to the surge of fighting between ethnic armed rebel group of the Arakan Army and government troops in the restive Rakhine state, Jan. 25, 2019.


Myanmar’s military has rounded up several hundred people in several villages in Rakhine state for question on their ties to the Arakan Army (AA), holding 275 men after releasing women, children and the elderly, local sources told RFA’s Myanmar Service on Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Myanmar’s Military Reports ARSA Attack on Police Vehicle in Rakhine State.


Myanmar soldiers walk away from a helicopter that took them to Maungdaw in western Myanmar's Rakhine state to track down attackers who staged deadly raids on border posts, Oct. 10, 2016.

Myanmar’s military reported that the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) attacked a police vehicle with mines Monday in Rakhine state’s Maungdaw township, repeating an earlier claim that the Muslim Rohingya militant group was working with the ethnic Rakhine rebel Arakan Army (AA).

Saturday, April 20, 2019

No peace byprayer, say defiant Rakhine rebels.

Saturday, 20 Apr 2019

Panghsang (Myanmar): Rakh­ine rebels locked in a vicious fight with Myanmar’s army will not “get peace by praying”, its commander said as he vowed his forces will fight on despite being outnumbered and under aerial assault.

Shelling Injures Two Civilians in N. Rakhine, Villagers Say.

The Irrawaddy
19 April 2019

Maung Tun Aye is treated for shrapnel wounds at a hospital in Mrauk-U Township, Rakhine State, on Thursday. / Mrauk-U Karuna Wave / Facebook

YANGON — Two civilians in northern Rakhine State’s Mrauk-U Township were wounded by shrapnel from artillery fire after the Myanmar Army began shooting and shelling in the area on Wednesday night and into Thursday, according to locals.

Mrauk-U resident Ko Than Tun said about 460 people fled Baungdwat Village, about 3 km south of the township’s urban center, on Thursday and have taken shelter at the Myothit monastery in central Mrauk-U.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Women Are Increasingly Drawn to the Arakan Army’s Fight Against Myanmar’s Central Government.


Female Arakan Army recruits train with their male counterparts in northern Myanmar's Kachin state in an undated photo.

RFA video screenshot

The Arakan Army, which is battling the Myanmar military for autonomy in turbulent Rakhine state, has grown in both force strength and firepower since its formation in 2009 to the level that the rebel group can now launch successful offensives on police or military outposts. And its message is drawing as many young female recruits as men.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Arakan Army Leader Claims Myanmar Military Systematically Planned to ‘Crush’ His Group.


Arakan Army soldiers pass through a field in western Myanmar's Rakhine state in an undated photo.

Photo courtesy of Arakan Army News and Information

The leader of the Arakan Army based in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state said Wednesday that the military had systematically planned to “crush” his group ahead of hostilities that escalated between the two sides in January, and denied official claims of its involvement in terrorism and drug trafficking.

Maj. Gen. Tun Myat Naing, commander in chief of the AA, told reporters in Wa state's Panghsang township that crack troops from Myanmar’s military received special training more than a year ahead of being deployed to Rakhine state, where they engaged with AA soldiers in early January, following AA attacks on police outposts in northern Rakhine that killed 13 officers.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Arakan Army attacks police headquarters.


Myanmar soldiers march during a parade commemorating Armed Forces Day in Nay Pyi Taw on March 27. Photo - EPA

Suspected Arakan Army fighters attacked the police regiment headquarters in Mrauk-U township in Rakhine State late Tuesday, and local residents said there were many fatalities.

Colonel Win Zaw Oo, head of the Tatmadaw (military) Western Regional Military Command, said on Wednesday the AA attacked police headquarters with “overwhelming force,” and the military provided the police with reinforcements.

Myanmar rebels storm police base in Rakhine state amid fresh clashes in temple town.

APRIL 10th, 2019

YANGON (Reuters) - Arakan Army rebels overran a police base in Rakhine state, killing two officers and one of their wives, the Myanmar government said on Wednesday, as fresh fighting broke out in a historic Buddhist temple town popular with tourists.

The Information Ministry said around 200 insurgents stormed a police headquarters in Mrauk U before being repelled, but that they abducted four women and three children as they left.

AA Kills 20 Soldiers in N. Rakhine’s Ancient Capital Mrauk-U.

The Irrawaddy
10 April 2019

Police and Army personnel jointly patrol along a main road in downtown Mrauk-U in March 2019. / Moe Myint / The Irrawaddy

YANGON—About 20 government soldiers were killed when the Arakan Army staged attacks on two Myanmar Army artillery bases on the outskirts of Mrauk-U in northern Rakhine State on Tuesday night, the armed ethnic group’s deputy chief claimed.

Brigadier-General Nyo Tun Aung said the AA attacked the No. 31 Police Regiment because troops from Light Infantry Division (LID) No. 22 were firing 105-mm howitzer shells almost daily from the base and another Army base in Lay Hnyin Taung about 8 km from downtown Mrauk-U.

Myanmar Army Launches Helicopter And Jet Strikes in Fierce Fighting in Rakhine State.


A view of the entrance to the police battalion headquarters in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state, March 2019.

The Myanmar military unleashed helicopter and jet strikes in response to the rebel Arakan Army's (AA) on-the-ground attacks on a police residential unit and battalion headquarters believed to contain heavy arms belonging to government troops in war-ravaged Rakhine state’s Mrauk-U township, with spokesmen for the two forces releasing competing, imprecise casualty counts.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Rohingya Survivors in Rathedaung Yet to Receive Aid from ICRC.


Yan Naing | Apr 07, 2019

Rathedaung — Rohingya Genocide Survivors in northern Rathedaung Township have been affected the most by the ongoing fightings between Myanmar military and Rakhine rebels (or Arakan Army) but are yet to receive humanitarian aids from ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), survivors say.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Myanmar Army Helicopter Attack Kills at Least 10 Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.


A Myanmar border guard policeman stands near a group of Rohingya Muslims in front of their homes in a village in Buthidaung township, western Myanmar's Rakhine state, Jan. 25, 2019.

A helicopter attack by Myanmar’s army on Wednesday killed at least 10 Rohingya Muslims and injured more than a dozen others in violence-wracked Rakhine state, the latest civilian casualties in the armed conflict between government soldiers and the rebel Arakan Army (AA), local villagers told RFA’s Myanmar Service.