58 stories tagged ‘DKBA’

A DKBA soldier from Myan Gyi Ngu

DKBA and Burma Army Fighting Forces Kawkareik Traffic to a Standstill

March 12, 2015  • 

Fighting between government troops and soldiers from the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army broke out yesterday, March 11 at around 2 pm near Kawkareik Town. DKBA sources confirmed to Karen News that the fighting was between the government’s Light Infantry Battalion 231, under its Military Operation Command 12, based at Kyaung Sha Gon and Ywa Thit ... Read more ►

DKBA troop on parade at Karen New Year and DKBA day ceremony

Thousands Celebrate Karen New Year and DKBA Day

December 25, 2014  • 

As many as 2,000 people joined the celebration of Karen New Year of 2754 and the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army’s 20th formation day that was organized at DKBA’s Sone Si Myaing headquarter in Karen State. Karen villagers, representatives from political parties, Karen State government officials and civil society groups attended the Karen New Y... Read more ►

Gen Baw Kyaw Heh

Karen Army General Explains Rational Behind Reformation Of Ethnic Alliance And Recent Conflict Wit...

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. 
Q: Who will l... Read more ►

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 ►

DKBA troop

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 ►

Mae Sot - Myawaddy border crossing

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 ►

DKBA troop

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 ►


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 ►


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 ►