56 stories tagged ‘DKBA’

Gen Baw Kyaw Heh

Karen Army General Explains Rational Behind Reformation Of Ethnic Alliance And Recent Conflict With Govt Troops

October 21, 2014  • 

Karen News spoke exclusively with General General Baw Kyaw Heh, the Karen National Liberation Army’s Vice-Chief of Staff, explains about what the alliance between four Karen armed groups and what lies behind the recent outbreak of fighting. For the sake of clarity, Karen News has provided General Baw Kyaw Heh’s answers in full. 
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KNLA soldiers on parade (Photo: Karen News)

Karen Armed Groups to Form United ‘Kawthoolei Armed Forces,’ but Questions Remain

October 16, 2014  • 

A statement released by members of the different Karen armed groups laid out plans for the major Karen armed organisations to form a united Karen force, the Kawthoolei Armed Forces (KAF). The statement spoke on behalf of the four major Karen armed organisations, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the Karen National Defence Organisation (KND... Read more ►

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DKBA and Burma Army Fighting spreads Throughout Karen State

October 10, 2014  • 

Fighting occurred between the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army and Burma Army on October 10, forcing Karen villagers to flee. The latest armed clashes broke out at around 10am between the DKBA and the government’s army at Kaung Mu village in Kawkareik Township. Sources from the DKBA’s liaison office in Kawkareik said that the fighting lasted ab... Read more ►

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Deadly Fighting Breaks Out Between Burma Army and Karen Armed Groups – Border Crossing Closed

September 27, 2014  • 

Residents of the Burma border town of Myawaddy told Karen News that fighting broke out at Aung Shwe Bo section between government soldiers and Karen armed groups. A woman resident said, “fighting took place at Aung Shwe Bo section where both the Burma Army and BGF [Border Guard Force] are based. [Burma] army had now shut down all road access duri... Read more ►

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Government Uniform and Weapons Ban Upsets Karen Armed Groups

September 20, 2014  • 

An order from the Burma Army banning Karen armed groups from wearing uniforms and carrying weapons has received a negative response from the militant groups. The Myawaddy based Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion 275, issued an order to the KloHtooBaw Karen Organization – a political wing of Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) and the Karen N... Read more ►

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Villagers Petition All Karen Armed Groups To Unite Under One Force

June 5, 2014  • 

Residents and monks from 30 Karen villages have called for all Karen armed groups to join under a single banner to stop drug running and to help restore law and order. Karen civilians from northern Kawkareik Township in Karen State delivered a petition calling on the various Karen armed groups to unify into one single armed force. The villagers sub... Read more ►

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DKBA Helps At Risk Displaced Villagers

February 18, 2014  • 

The Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) has invited villagers displaced by the Burma Army to stay with them. The DKBA has told villagers from the Tha-Mee-Lay village, Hle-Gu Township, to come and stay with them after the villagers were forced from their homes by the Burma Army on February 4. The displacement involved around 150 families –... Read more ►

Gen. Saw Lah Pwe

DKBA General Battles Suspected Throat Cancer

February 15, 2014  • 

General Saw Lah Pwe, head of the Democratic Karen Benovelant Army (DKBA), is recovering from what is thought to be throat cancer in a hospital in Singapore, a DKBA commander confirmed to Karen News. DKBA Tactical Commander General Saw San Aung said that General Saw Lah Pwe’s condition had improved, but that he needed to go through a further “fo... Read more ►

Soldiers from KNDO, DKBA and 'Peace Council' march during the 65th Anniversary of Karen Revolution Day (Henry Zwartz/Karen News)

Karen Armies Show Unity

February 12, 2014  • 

A line of soldiers adorned in flowered garlands threaded their way across the Karen National Defence Organisation’s parade ground in Karen State. The parade on the last day of January ushered in the first year that members of three Karen armed groups celebrated Karen Revolution Day together. Members of the Karen National Union, the Democratic K... Read more ►

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DKBA and KNLA Join Forces For Revolution Day Parade

January 30, 2014  • 

The Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) will hold a joint Military Parade for the first time to mark the 65th anniversary of the Karen Revolution Day on Friday January 31. Saw Moshay, the DKBA’s deputy chief-of-staff told Karen News that the joint parade would be held at the KNLA’s 7th Brigade... Read more ►