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Attack in Karen, diversion in Shan

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Unusual troop movements by the Burma Army units were being reported in eastern Shan State prior to the attack on the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) 6th Brigade area opposite Thailand's Tak province on Thursday, 8 March, observed both Thai and Shan sources.

No.04 - 3/2007
10 March 2007
War
 
Attack in Karen, diversion in Shan
 
Unusual troop movements by the Burma Army units were being reported in eastern Shan State prior to the attack on the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) 6th Brigade area opposite Thailand's Tak province on Thursday, 8 March, observed both Thai and Shan sources.
 
"The Burma Army evidently wants to keep us preoccupied," commented SSA leader Col Yawd Serk during a casual meeting, following a report of Burmese troops moving into Mongjawd, the gateway to the SSA's Loi Taileng and Loi Lam bases in 10 army trucks yesterday.
 
Which was odd as the forward unit that had been assigned near the Loi Lam base, Infantry Battalion 226, had only been replaced by Infantry Battalion 43 on 6 March, said a Thai border-watcher. Another also reported 2 more battalions near Homong, close to Loi Taileng, Infantry Battalion 296 and Light Infantry Battalions 422.
 
The SSA is allied to the KNLA and Karenni Army (KA). It had taken part in the defense of the Karennis' Nyamo base in 2005 against a three-month siege by the Burma Army.
 
Kantarawaddy Times meanwhile reported offensives against KA and SSA in April, quoting a statement by a Burma Army non-commissioned officer who recently deserted to the Karenni Army. Chiangmai News, quoting Thailand's Third Region Army sources, also reported that a large number of Burmese soldiers had deserted and crossed into Thailand, while others had surrendered to the rebels claiming oppression and racial discrimination in the Burma Army.