Arakan Army takes control of Paletwa in southern Chin State

The capture of the town comes as the AA and its allies agree to a ceasefire with Myanmar’s military in northern Shan State

Myanmar’s military junta suffered its latest major defeat on Sunday, losing control of the southern Chin State town of Paletwa to the Arakan Army (AA) after two full months of fighting.

Located on the western bank of Kaladan River some 15 miles east of Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh, the town has been under siege since the AA opened a new front in the ongoing offensive against the regime in mid-November.

That offensive, launched by the AA and its allies in late October, was put on hold last week in northern Shan State, where it began, as part of a ceasefire brokered by China. However, the agreement does. . .

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