Rakhine ethnic armed organisation closer to taking control of Myanmar-Bangladesh border 

After recent military gains in the region, the Arakan Army may soon fully capture the strategic northern Rakhine State towns of Maungdaw and Buthidaung

The Arakan Army (AA), which has been waging a relentless military campaign against the junta in western Myanmar, has claimed control of key areas along the country’s border with Bangladesh after recently overrunning major army bases. 

Paletwa in Chin State and Maungdaw and Buthidaung in northern Rakhine State are the region’s strategic towns located near the 270-kilometre border in question.

Paletwa—located along the Kaladan River, which flows from northeastern India through Myanmar to the Bay of Bengal—has been under the control of the Rakhine ethnic armed organisation since January. Sources close to the AA’s leadership anticipate that within weeks, the group will gain full control of Maungdaw and Buthidaung, enabling the group to consolidate its influence along the border.

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