Myanmar's powerful Wa rebels seek their own state

An ethnic Wa woman carries a baby during a religious ceremony. Photo: AFP

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

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: AP

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

Soldiers of the Free Syrian Army on Friday. Photo: Reuters

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

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: AFP

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

A former school turned into a "military academy" in Tlaleen in the northern Syria's Aleppo province. Syrian teenagers are fighting for the rebels. Photo: AFP

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

Members of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at a compound near the MILF headquarters in Camp Darapanan in Maguindanao province, south of Manila. Photo: EPA

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 defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (2nd Left) meets soldiers from the third RIMA (Marine Infantry Regiment) on Tuesday in Vannes, France. Photo: AFP

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

Two Kachin fighters look across at Hka Ya mountain from one of their last outposts as the relentless daily bombardments around Laiza by government forces continued two weeks ago. Photo: Steve Tickner

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

Syrian rebel fighters in action at the village of Aljanodiy. Photo: AFP

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

Some of the prisoners released by the Syrian regime. Photo: AFP

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

Myanmar denies using chemical weapons on rebels

Rebel soldiers of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). Photo: AFP

Myanmar on Thursday denied accusations it had used chemical weapons against ethnic minority rebels in the northern state of Kachin, where an escalating conflict has overshadowed wider political reforms.

10 Jan 2013 - 3:04pm

Regional allies send troops to battle Central African Republic rebels

Countries in central Africa began sending reinforcements yesterday to protect the Central African Republic's capital from rebels who control much of the country and are demanding the departure of President Francois Bozize.

2 Jan 2013 - 6:31am

DR Congo rebels withdraw from key city of Goma

A traffic jam is caused by trucks carrying the M23 rebel fighters out of the city of Goma on Saturday. Photo: EPA

Rebels in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo pulled out Saturday from the mining hub of Goma, the city they seized less than two weeks ago, sparking fears of a wider war.

2 Dec 2012 - 10:14am

UN says Rwanda and Uganda backed rebel takeover of Goma

A crowd gathers around the body of a Congolese army soldier after M23 rebels took control of Goma in eastern Congo. Photo: EPA

The Rwandan military is commanding and supporting the rebel force that overtook a provincial capital in eastern Congo earlier this week, a United Nations report said.

Uganda is also providing more subtle, but nonetheless decisive backing to the M23 rebels, the report added.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

M23 rebels claim control of key Congolese city of Goma

A UN vehicle drives past M23 rebels in Goma;  a refugee camp. Photo: Reuters

Rebels widely believed to be backed by Rwanda claimed control of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday, parading through the frontier city of one million people past UN peacekeepers who did nothing to stop them.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:05am