Soldiers from the Ta’aung National Liberation Army, which was one of three ethnic armed groups in Myanmar to threaten retaliation over the ongoing military repression of protests. Photo: AFP
Soldiers from the Ta’aung National Liberation Army, which was one of three ethnic armed groups in Myanmar to threaten retaliation over the ongoing military repression of protests. Photo: AFP
Myanmar

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Myanmar’s ethnic armed groups, and why their threats against junta could spiral into more conflict

  • About 20 rebel outfits, including the United Wa State Army, Karen National Union, Kachin Independence Army and Arakan Army, control a third of Myanmar’s territory
  • Several have condemned the February 1 coup which ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and have threatened the junta with retaliation

Soldiers from the Ta’aung National Liberation Army, which was one of three ethnic armed groups in Myanmar to threaten retaliation over the ongoing military repression of protests. Photo: AFP
Soldiers from the Ta’aung National Liberation Army, which was one of three ethnic armed groups in Myanmar to threaten retaliation over the ongoing military repression of protests. Photo: AFP
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