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  • Sep 22, 2014
  • Updated: 8:14am


Myanmar's powerful Wa rebels seek their own state

Myanmar's most heavily armed and powerful rebel group said it wants to carve out a legitimate state. Experts say it is flexing its muscles amid tense relations with the government. The United Wa State Army, which commands an estimated 30,000 troops, holds sway over a remote mountainous area on the country's northeastern border with China that is believed to be awash with drugs and has long been aloof from central control.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 2:40am

Syria rebels vow to punish atrocities amid video outrage

The Free Syrian Army pledged on Wednesday to punish atrocities amid outrage over a video showing the mutilation of a corpse, as the regime ruled out discussing President Bashar al-Assad’s departure in negotiations.

15 May 2013 - 5:23pm

Syrian rebels demand more support from Western backers

At a weekend meeting intended to smooth differences between the rebels and their backers, the Syrian National Coalition criticised its Western and Middle Eastern backers for failing to stop attacks by President Bashar al-Assad's forces that it said were imperiling thousands. The group said the backers were capable of detecting planned attacks and halting them before they occurred.

22 Apr 2013 - 5:06am

Syria jets pound city captured by rebels

Syrian fighter jets on Thursday pounded Raqa, a day after rebels took full control of the northern city, a watchdog said, raising concern for the fate of loyalists who surrendered.

7 Mar 2013 - 5:51pm

Syria rebels train ‘killing machine’ teenagers

Bored at home and eager to join their older brothers and fathers on the frontline against President Bashar al-Assad’s army, Syrian teenagers are joining the rebel cause, oblivious to international laws prohibiting child combatants.

14 Feb 2013 - 12:44pm

Filipino rebels won’t stop bid to free hostages

Hundreds of Muslim guerillas will continue efforts to free foreign hostages held by al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf gunmen in the southern Philippines despite a clash last week that killed scores of combatants from both sides, a Muslim rebel leader said.

13 Feb 2013 - 6:34pm

France to leave Mali from March

French-led forces have killed hundreds of militants in fighting to reclaim northern Mali and with the rebels’ last bastion secured, France said on Tuesday it will begin withdrawing troops in March.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:02pm

Kachin rebels retreat in Myanmar as government troops close in

The town of Laiza, nestled inside Myanmar's border with China, used to be known for its nightlife. It was a "little Macau" in which Chinese citizens could escape their country's gambling laws for a flutter at the baccarat tables and perhaps finish the night in a mafia-run brothel.


5 Feb 2013 - 6:06am

Syrian rebels make slow headway in south

The revolt against President Bashar al-Assad first flared in Deraa, but the southern border city now epitomises the bloody stalemate gripping Syria after 22 months of violence and 60,000 dead.

31 Jan 2013 - 4:19pm

Iranians freed in Syrian prisoner swap

The 48 Iranians held hostage by Syrian rebels for more than five months and freed in a prisoner exchange arrived back in Tehran yesterday to an official welcome.

11 Jan 2013 - 4:34am