[30], In November 2017, the group was involved in heavy clashes with the Tatmadaw in Chin State, in which 11 Tatmadaw soldiers were killed. [44], On 9 March 2019, around 60 AA insurgents launched an evening attack on Yoe-ta-yoke Police Station. 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. Shimray had also paid $100,000 to shipping agent Kittichai of Intermarine Shipping Company of Bangkok. On the high seas, the consignment was to be shifted to small fishing trawlers to reach Bangladesh, and then to the Northeast,” said a top NIA official, but again wishing to remain anonymous. However, the Western Command (stationed in Chin State and Rakhine State) was notably excluded from the unilateral ceasefire announcement and an increase in clashes between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army was reported. “Willy had told Thai police and then the NIA that the arms consignment for the NSCN was to start from Beihei port in South China Sea near Vietnam to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. Arakan Liberation Army's weapon captured in Mizoram - YouTube According to a leaked combat report, nine policemen were killed, two were injured, and a dozen weapons, including 10 BA-63 assault rifles, were stolen by the attackers. 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. The weapons, worth 30 million baht (almost $1 million), were meant to be supplied to the Arakan Army and Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), both active in Rakhine, the people said. 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 … 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. [23] Hundreds of armed men from the Myanmar troops were reportedly killed in this conflict. [50], On 6 February 2020, the Arakan Army began attacking the Meechaung outpost of the Tatmadaw, which is located at the bank of Kaladan River, Paletwa Township, Chin State, in order to take control of the command post. 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. “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. The seizing of the consignment was in Mae Sot district bordering Myanmar’s Karen state. 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. Clashes continued afterwards and peaked in the second week of March when the Arakan Army claimed it captured 36 soldiers, including the Battalion Commander, from the Light Infantry Battalion (7) under the command of the 77th Light Infantry Division. The warranted search of the house resulted in the confiscation of 42 pieces of military … More than 593 instances of clashes between the Arakan Army and Myanmar were … June 27, 2020. In an interview with The Irrawaddy, Arakan Army commander-in-chief Twan Mrat Naing replied to an interviewer's question by saying, "Whether the objective is to obtain a federal union of democracy or the more autonomous confederate status like that of Wa State, the political objective of the group is to obtain confederate status for Rakhine State, and we prefer confederate status like that of Wa State, which has a larger share of power in line with the constitution. "[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. The consignment containing 500 assault rifles, 30 Universal Machine Guns, 70000 rounds of ammunition and a huge stock of grenades was brought in by sea and offloaded at the Monakhali beach not far from the coastal junction of Myanmar and Bangladesh in the third week of February. On 27 August 2015, there was a clash between the AA and the Bangladesh border guard forces, with both sides opening fire near the Boro Modak area of Thanci in the Bandarban district, near the shared Burma-Bangladesh border. [24], In April 2015, the AA clashed with the Myanmar Army in Kyauktaw Township of Rakhine State and Paletwa Township of Chin 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. Intelligence agencies have also said that China is supplying arms and ammunition to insurgent groups on … The Arakan Army (ULA/AA) along with Our Brotherhood Alliance of the Kokang (MNTJP/MNDAA) and the Ta'ang (PSLF/TNLA) has declared a unilateral ceasefire again with the aim to effectively facilitate the tasks of combating and prevention of the spread of Coronavirus Pandemic, practical tasks in conformity with the peace process, and 2020 general election. The expert did not wish to be identified because of possible Chinese counter-measures resenting the disclosure. 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[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. 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. As the political dynamics in the northeast is intricate and fluid, Northeast Now is always politically neutral. It was reported that LIB (7) was heli dropped near the Meechaung Outpost as reinforcements for the encircled outpost, on 11 March. 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. “Willy had also allegedly helped Shimray to get an end-user certificate from Laos, which needs to be submitted to the arms manufacturing companies before the purchase and later to the shipping companies for shipment,” he said. “People think the Arakan Army needs strength in weapons and soldiers, and then it will have equal political opportunities when negotiating with the Tatmadaw and [the] government,” said Khaing Kaung San of the Rakhine State CSO Peace Committee, which includes civil society organisations involved in government-led discussions on ending Myanmar’s conflicts. Ltd. Farmers’ Facebook, Instagram accounts blocked, restored after 3 hours! Myanmar's Anti-Terrorism Central Committee designates Arakan Army a terrorist group in accordance with the country's counter-terrorism law. NIA arrested NSCN ‘chief of procurement’ Anthony alias Nikkhang Shimray and secured the extradition of Chinese-Thai descent arms smuggler Willy Naruenartwanich alias Willy Narue to stand trial in India. The AA is said to have strong links with China since its formation in Kachin in 2009. 5 more die of Covid19 in Assam; death toll reaches 1,017, 19 Bangladeshis including 17 women return from India after serving 2 years in jail, Assam: NTPC Bongaigaon ‘Black Treasure’ team wins first prize at ER-II Regional Quality Circle Convention 2020. 38 rebels were killed and 110 arrested by the 57th Division of the Indian army in “Operation Golden Bird” which this writer, then the BBC’s East-Northeast India bureau chief, had extensively reported on. Sources also said that China provides up to 95 per cent of Arakan Army's fundings. China is reportedly supplying arms and ammunition to the Arakan Army in Myanmar. Bilawal Bhutto slams Imran Khan's 'heartless government' for sacking over 4,500 PSM employees 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 … [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. The seized weapons were original Chinese made and were meant to be smuggled to insurgent groups on the Myanmar border as they pay good prices. The Rakhine State government issued a notice blocking non-governmental organisations and UN agencies, except for the International Committee of the Red Cross and the World Food Programme, from travelling to rural areas in these townships affected by the conflict. In February 2015, AA fought alongside the Myanmar Nationalities Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), an ethnic armed group, and its ally the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) in their conflict with the Myanmar Army. 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. © 2019 - Maintained by EZEN Software & Technology Pvt. Thanchi Market Fire 'Arakan Army Sabotage'! 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. They were, however, forced to abort their plan following Shimray’s arrest in September 2010. The other two NSCN (I-M) leaders are still absconding. 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. According to the local police station, the search led to the discovery of a 9mm pistol and 14 bullets from the man in the car, who was later identified as a lieutenant colonel in the Arakan Army (AA) named Aung Myat Kyaw. [28] Several Tatmadaw personnel, including one commanding officer, were killed in sniper attacks. 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. That the AA has concentrated much strength in Paletwa which is in Chin state bordering Mizoran is perhaps because it is easier to reach arms consignments brought by sea to Paletwa rather than across the Rakhine coast where the Burmese navy is active. As a result, they took up arms against the Myanmar Army in support of the KIA. 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. 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. 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. The Arakan Army was raised in 2009, under the Kachin Independence Organisation along the China border – the same year the Kaladan project was declared by India. It’s part of an alliance with the Kachin Independence Army, another armed group fighting a separate conflict against Myanmar’s military. After military helicopters attacks with rockets and machine guns as rescue, sank two boats and nearly killed off its own men and few soldiers from Arakan Army have died there according to statement issued by the United League of Arakan. 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. [14][15][16] The Irrawaddy stated in September 2015 that the AA had 2,500 troops and 10,000 supporters. Willy, of Thai-Chinese origin, was one of the four accused chargesheeted by the NIA in its case number RC-01. Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Abk. [48], On 22 September 2019, fighting broke out near Taunggyi Village in Myebon Township, as the ceasefire expired. One Rakhine source close to AA said that the consignment brought by AA includes “one of two” F-6 Chinese Manpads capable of shooting down helicopters, drones and combat aircraft that the Burmese army Tatmadaw is now using against the AA formations in both Rakhine and Chin. “But our estimates are the consignment consisted of 200 rifles and about 40000 rounds of ammunition,” a top AR official said. He was unwilling to be named for fear of harassment by security forces who resent sensitive disclosures. 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. AN: Sittway. The consignment included AK-47 assault rifles. 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. [12], The AA is a participant in the Kachin conflict, fighting alongside the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) against the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Armed Forces). [26], On 20 August 2015, the Arakan Army clashed with a Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) after patroling ten of their horses had been confiscated by the BGB earlier that day. Willy introduced Shimray to Yuthna, who is a representative of a Chinese firm called TCL in 2007. Established on April 10, 2009 Arakan Army led by Arakan’s younger generations, has become one of the most credibility army forces in Burma fighting for self-determination, national equality, justice and freedom. 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. 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. After the consignment was carried into the Sandak (Mro) base near Thanchi, it was taken in small batches on the Thanchi-Naikhong-Farua-Parva-Paletwa route. From the northeastern states of India, a total of 423 illegal weapons, including AK-47s, M-16s and Chinese pistols, have been recovered so far this year. The Tatmadaw retaliated with fighter jets, bombing AA positions until 6 am the next day. Most AA soldiers were originally trained at the KIA Military Academy; however, the AA has additional training camps in Rakhine State. The TCL connection has earlier figured in a successful NIA case investigating an attempt by the rebels of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland(Issam-Muivah) to bring in a huge consignment of weapons by the same Monakhali-Wyakaung route in 2010. The NIA had extracted crucial information about Willy’s contacts and their bases in Bangladesh and had pushed the  Bangladesh government to break the supply chain of arms for the Northeast rebel groups. Both of these groups are active in Rakhine. 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. [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. 31 Police Security Unit at 10 pm. 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. A TCL manager Lin who also goes by the name of Yuthna was instrument in loading the cargo on the ship. We did our best to defend the enemy's offensive attacks and seized some of the enemy corpses and ammunition. [45] On the same day, AA insurgents managed to conquer the front line commanding post of Rakhine State's Gwa Township-based No. 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. [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. Local insurgents on the Burmese side of the border told The Irrawaddy that the weapons were likely being smuggled for the Arakan Army because "they pay good prices". [51] On 19 March 2020, the Tatmadaw made a statement claiming that its forces could break the Arakan Army's siege of the outpost. So after mobilising additional troops for ‘Operation Sunrise’ in which some AA bases in South Mizoram were demolished, the Assam Rifles had to pull back most of them for deployment in other insurgency affected states of Northeast India. 563 Light Infantry Battalion under the supervision of Light Infantry Division No. Local residents reported two chief monks in Mrauk U have been missing since August 18 and Myanmar army seized some weapons in a Buddhist monastery on August 19. 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. China supplying weapons to Arakan Army armed group to weaken India, Myanmar: Report China is supplying funds and sophisticated weaponry to armed groups in Myanmar and the Naypyitaw-designated terrorist group, the Arakan Army, to have leverage over Myanmar and India, Licas News reported. [25] On 27 August 2015, there was a clash between the AA and the Bangladesh border guard forces, with both sides opening fire near the Boro Modak area of Thanci in the Bandarban district, near the shared Burma-Bangladesh border. The Arakan Army (Burmese: ရက္ခိုင့်တပ်တော်; abbreviated AA) is a Rakhine armed group in Myanmar (Burma), founded on 10 April 2009. On 30 May 2020 the Arakan Army released a statement demanding the immediate withdrawal of Burmese Government administration and Burmese armed forces from Arakan. : 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. They have done these for northeast Indian rebels in the past. [46], On 9 April 2019, around 200 AA insurgents attacked the No. [10][11] According to Amnesty International, AA has perpetrated violence and abuse against civilians, including abductions and forced labour. Many others were injured. He said the NIA has emails exchanged between Shimray and Willy and electronic receipts sent to Shimray for the payment. The weapons are worth 30 million baht (almost 1 million dollars). The Arakan Army was raised in 2009, under the Kachin Independence Organisation along … An unknown number of military personnel were killed in the fighting. [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. [1] "[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. 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. [1] It is the armed wing of the United League of Arakan (ULA), currently led by Major General Twan Mrat Naing. 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