Skip to comments.BURMA STEPS UP OFFENSIVE AGAINST KACHIN REBELS
Posted on 01/29/2013 12:53:52 AM PST by bruinbirdman
Three civilians were killed and several others wounded as a result of a series of artillery strikes by the Burmese military against targets in the town of Laiza in Burmas northern Kachin province. These artillery strikes have come as part of a larger offensive by the central Burmese government against the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), an ethnic separatist group that wields significant influence in the provinces rural areas. The Burmese government has defended the strikes as an act of self-defense following the KIOs refusal to allow supply convoys to reach a military base located in the province. The recent offensive is the latest in a series of escalations since late 2011 that have reignited the conflict between the KIO and the central government, following nearly 2 decades of peace under a 1994 ceasefire. The military campaign has drawn criticism from the United States and UN and could serve as a stain on the new Burmese government seeking to bolster its reformist credentials.
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Google "Kachin Rangers", I'm sure that there's some info on them.