Disputes among anti-junta ethnic armed groups continue in northern Shan State

Recent tensions among Ta’ang, Kokang, and Kachin fighters—who previously fought against the Myanmar military as allies—stem from disagreements over mining rights and other matters of territorial control and jurisdiction

Since seizing broad swathes of northern Shan State from the Myanmar military last year, anti-junta armed groups have repeatedly become embroiled in disagreements over the captured territories, according to local sources and a complaint letter from one of the groups.

The organisations involved in the disputes include the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the two members of the Brotherhood Alliance operating in the state: the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA).

Except for the border town of Muse, the two northern Shan State-based members of the Brotherhood Alliance now exercise control over virtually all territory in the state north of the Mandalay-Muse union highway and the towns of Lashio, Hsipaw, Kyaukme, and Nawnghkio.

During the Brotherhood Alliance’s Operation 1027 offensive against the Myanmar military, which lasted from late October 2023 through early January 2024, the TNLA took over the. . .

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