As the political dynamics in the northeast is intricate and fluid, Northeast Now is always politically neutral. Many others were injured. The weapons are worth 30 million baht (almost 1 million dollars). [46], On 9 April 2019, around 200 AA insurgents attacked the No. So unlike the Indian army attacking AA bases in southern  Mizoram and even conducting ‘Operation Sunrise’ last year in a bid to get their Kaladan Multimodal project operationalised, Bangladesh can afford to look the other way because it has no stake in Rakhine. After carrying the huge consignment to Sandak(Mro), the AA has smuggled the arms into Rakhine using the Parva corridor in South Mizoram here the local Khumi villagers are friendly to the insurgents. [24], In April 2015, the AA clashed with the Myanmar Army in Kyauktaw Township of Rakhine State and Paletwa Township of Chin State. In April-May 1995, the Indian army had intercepted a group of Naga, Manipuri and Assamese rebels which was carrying into Northeast a huge consignment of weapons that had been landed at Wyakaung. : ARSA, früher: Harakah al-Yaqin) ist eine separatistisch-islamistische Rebellengruppe der ethno-religiösen Minderheit der Rohingya, die für die Sezession des Rakhaing-Staates von Myanmar und die Gründung eines eigenen unabhängigen Staates auf Grundlage der Scharia kämpft. Shimray had also paid $100,000 to shipping agent Kittichai of Intermarine Shipping Company of Bangkok. [23] Hundreds of armed men from the Myanmar troops were reportedly killed in this conflict. But under pressure from NSCN(I-M) whose negotiations with the Indian government is now in its final stages, Delhi released Shimray, who had been earlier been picked by Indian intelligence at Kathmandu airport and booked under NSA. Skirting the Matamuhuri-Sangua wildlife sanctuary, the column skirted Singpa and reached the Arakan Army camp at Sandak(Mro) near Thanchi on March 2. [28] Several Tatmadaw personnel, including one commanding officer, were killed in sniper attacks. They have done these for northeast Indian rebels in the past. The separatist Arakan Army (AA) fighting Myanmar troops in an intensified conflict in the coastal province of Rakhine and the neighbouring state of Chin has managed to land and bring in a huge consignment of weapons and ammunition through Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts. It is possible that AR’s intelligence cell would have picked the smuggling of the consignment in the later stages of Arakan Army effort and missed out on the actual scale. [30], In November 2017, the group was involved in heavy clashes with the Tatmadaw in Chin State, in which 11 Tatmadaw soldiers were killed. Thanchi Market Fire 'Arakan Army Sabotage'! A top expert on Asia’s arms trafficking based in Bangkok told this writer that the Chinese state-owned ordnance company Norinco supplies non-state actors like Arakan Army using some fronts. © 2019 - Maintained by EZEN Software & Technology Pvt. [40], Myanmar Army soldiers from the 22nd Light Infantry Division, elements of the 66th and 99th Light Infantry Divisions, and battalions from the Western Command of the Tatmadaw were reportedly involved in the subsequent military offensive against the Arakan Army. [1] More than 593 instances of clashes between the Arakan Army and Myanmar were … 5. [38][39] Following the attacks, the Office of the President of Myanmar held a high-level meeting on national security in the capital Naypyidaw on 7 January 2019, and instructed the Defense Ministry to increase troop deployments in the areas that were attacked and to use aircraft if necessary. [49], On 26 October 2019, rebel soldiers from riverbank near Mayu River abducted a ferry from Sittwe to Buthidaung Township carrying identify government soldiers and polices later inspected by the Arakan Army. It was reported that LIB (7) was heli dropped near the Meechaung Outpost as reinforcements for the encircled outpost, on 11 March. The Arakan Army was raised in 2009, under the Kachin Independence Organisation along … In 2019, when a phase of the Kaladan project was nearing its completion, the Arakan Army shifted its area of operation to Rakhine and Southern Chin. Nearly 150 Rakhine porters drawn from various villages of Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh and accompanied by 50 fighters of Arakan Army carried this consignment on foot and mules through Gundum and Rejupara, Uhalapalonh and Paglirara crisscrossing the very hilly border region. Arakan Liberation Army's weapon captured in Mizoram - YouTube The nearest Bangladesh army camps hardly send out patrols in these hilly terrain and the cantonment of Alikadam is far away. [51] On 19 March 2020, the Tatmadaw made a statement claiming that its forces could break the Arakan Army's siege of the outpost. Top sources in Assam Rifles confirmed that they have ‘credible reports’ of movement of an arms consignment of Arakan Army through the Parva corridor in the Mizoram-CHT-Chin trijunction in March. The Chinese have earlier supplied Manpads to the United Wa State Army, which is so strong that the Tatmadaw does not dare attack it. [32][33], On 4 January 2019, around 300 members of the Arakan Army launched pre-dawn attacks on four border police outposts—Kyaung Taung, Nga Myin Taw, Ka Htee La and Kone Myint—in northern Buthidaung Township. Most AA soldiers were originally trained at the KIA Military Academy; however, the AA has additional training camps in Rakhine State. Led by a group of professionals, the digital news platform covers every inch of the eight states of northeast India and the five neighbouring countries. Arakan Army Denies Drug Charge, Silent On Arms Import, Arakan Army Separatists Sound Bugle For Final Charge, Myanmar In Rare Attack Against China For 'Support To Terror', Campaign at the China–Burma border (1960–1961), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Arakan_Army_(Kachin_State)&oldid=993836332, Paramilitary organisations based in Myanmar, Organizations designated as terrorist by Myanmar, Wikipedia articles needing copy edit from December 2020, Articles containing Burmese-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 December 2020, at 19:15. A TCL manager Lin who also goes by the name of Yuthna was instrument in loading the cargo on the ship. “But our estimates are the consignment consisted of 200 rifles and about 40000 rounds of ammunition,” a top AR official said. The other two NSCN (I-M) leaders are still absconding. "[20], The Arakan Army (AA) was founded in 10 April 2009 along with its political wing, the United League of Arakan (ULA), in what it describes as its "temporary headquarters" in Laiza, Kachin State. Sources also said that China provides up to 95 per cent of Arakan Army's fundings. A steady supply of weapons from China is reaching insurgent groups in Myanmar, including the Arakan Army that has been posing a threat to the Kaladan project and is setting up camps bordering the southern tip of Mizoram, recent intelligence reports say. Armed groups in Myanmar -- including the United Wa State Army and the Arakan Army, which was designated a terrorist organization this year -- are acting as Beijing’s proxies by supplying weapons and providing hideouts to insurgent groups in India’s northeastern states, according to Indian officials with knowledge of the situation, who asked not to be identified due to rules for speaking with … According to a press release by the Arakan Army, 11 personnel, including four military engineers, were captured and 16 backhoe excavators, one Toyota car, a dump truck, and 60 mm and 80 mm mortars were confiscated. [1] It is the armed wing of the United League of Arakan (ULA), currently led by Major General Twan Mrat Naing. The Arakan Army purportedly advocates for self-determination for the multi-ethnic Arakanese population, the safeguarding and promotion of the national identity and cultural heritage of the Arakan people, and the "national dignity" and best interests of the Arakan people. [48], On 22 September 2019, fighting broke out near Taunggyi Village in Myebon Township, as the ceasefire expired. The fighting prompted 5,000 civilians to flee from their homes and to take shelter in monasteries and communal areas across the region, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. TCL is a front for Chinese arms manufacturing giant Norinco and through TCL they have planned to procure the arms and ammunition,” the NIA official told Easternlink when it tried to seek background information on the Chinese link with arms trafficking to Northeast India through the Bangladesh route that is now being used by the Arakan Army. The AA is said to have strong links with China since its formation in Kachin in 2009. Its spokesman Khaine Tukkha recently said “China recognises us while India does not” which explains why AA does not disturb the Chinese deep seaport at Kyaukphyu but kidnaps and badgers Indian construction workers involved in the Kaladan project. At the same time, the Myanmar Army has been escalating the major offensive assaults in the environs of Rathedaung (Kyauk-Tan) and Minbya (Hpa-Pyo), using not only heavy artillery fire but also the weapons that had not been used in Arakan and other battlefields. "[19] The purpose of the AA, as stated by its second-in-command Brigadier General Nyo Twan Awng, is to "protect our Arakan people, and to establish peace, justice, freedom and development. Myanmar’s army says it killed 13 ethnic Rakhine fighters in counter attacks, after the well-armed group carried out deadly strikes on police posts earlier this month. In Myanmar, China is currently supplying arms and ammunition to the Arakan Army, which is active in Chin and Rakhine states of Myanmar bordering Mizoram. The Tatmadaw retaliated with fighter jets, bombing AA positions until 6 am the next day. The New Delhi officials said those arrested explained that Indian insurgents were being supplied weapons by the Arakan Army, which in turn received China’s support to protect investments such as roads and gas pipelines in an economic corridor stretching from Sittwe port to Kunming. “Shimray had told Yuthna that the NSCN (I-M) wants to procure arms for $1million (approximately Rs 60 crore), including AK-series automatic rifles, light machine guns, rocket launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and five lakh rounds of ammunition,” the official said. [12], The AA is a participant in the Kachin conflict, fighting alongside the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) against the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Armed Forces). Clashes were reported in Maungdaw, Buthidaung, Kyauktaw, Rathedaung and Ponnagyun Townships, located in the northern and central parts of Rakhine State. Used as an infantry fire support weapon. [10][11] According to Amnesty International, AA has perpetrated violence and abuse against civilians, including abductions and forced labour. According to the Myanmar Peace Monitor, the AA had more than 1,500 troops in 2014,[13] including personnel stationed in the Rakhine State near Myanmar's border with Bangladesh. Further investigation revealed that he rented a house together with Wai Tha Tun in North Dagon Township. Ltd. Farmers’ Facebook, Instagram accounts blocked, restored after 3 hours! [27], In December 2015, the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army engaged in several days of fighting, around 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of Sittwe at the border between Kyauktaw and Mrauk U townships. Arakan Army Says It Killed 30 Myanmar Soldiers and Seized Numerous Weapons in Kyauk Tan and Aung Thar Zay Battles Amid Government Forcing Massive Relocations in Rathedaung Township, Myanmar’s Rakhine State June 27, 2020 1 comment Location of AA and Myanmar army firing areas and villagers fleeing after the firing on June 26. The group is active in Chin and Rakhine states of Myanmar which border Mizoram. “It seems the Bangladesh forces in the area look the other way and do not disturb the AA both because it is a strong force and also because it is creating a huge problem for the Myanmarese forces that generals and admirals in Dhaka and Chittagong may not be very unhappy about,” ” one top source in Cox’s Bazar said. On 30 May 2020 the Arakan Army released a statement demanding the immediate withdrawal of Burmese Government administration and Burmese armed forces from Arakan. 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[21], Following training, the group had planned to return to Arakan State and fight for self-determination; however, with the outbreak of fighting in Kachin State in June 2011, they were unable to return. The consignment included AK-47 assault rifles. The Arakan Army later stated that it had captured nine BGP personnel and five civilians, and that three of its fighters were also killed in the attacks. Bangladesh army and navy have not conducted any operation against the Arakan Army in recent years and it was not surprising that the AA consignment could be landed without an interception. [34] Thirteen members of the Border Guard Police (BGP) were killed and nine others were injured,[35][36][37] whilst 40 firearms and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition were looted. [29], Following clashes between Rohingya insurgents and Burmese security forces in northern Rakhine State in October 2016, the Arakan Army released a press statement, calling the perpetrators (the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army) "savage Bengali Muslim terrorists" and the violence a "rampage of the Bengali Islamic fundamentalist militants in northern Arakan. "[6], According to the BBC, there is popular support for the Arakan Army in Mrauk U and a number of men from the town have recently joined the group. The Arakan Army’s battlefields are hundreds of kilometres away in Rakhine State, but its headquarters are in the mountains of Kachin, near the Chinese border. [52], On 23 June 2020, Thai authorities raided a house in the border town of Mae Sot (next to Kayin State), seizing a large stash of newly manufactured weapons originating from China. Bilawal Bhutto slams Imran Khan's 'heartless government' for sacking over 4,500 PSM employees [41] Civilian casualties,[42] arbitrary detention of ethnic Rakhine villagers,[43] and military blockage of food aid and medical relief were also reported. Definite evidence has surfaced that the consignment had a trouble-free landing at the Monakhali beach near Whaikyang (Wyakuang in Burmese) on February 21 night. 31 Police Security Unit at 10 pm. In April 2015, the AA clashed with the Myanmar Army in Kyauktaw Township of Rakhine State and Paletwa Township of Chin State. In Naypyidaw, news press conference by Tatmadaw saying that they helicopters attacks are necessary to wipe the insurgents on their duty said by military spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun. The Assam Rifles which guards this frontier has thin deployment in the Parva area because Mizoram is a peaceful state and there is no local insurgency. 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