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Junta war chief for Shan State in Kengtung

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Lt-Gen Kyaw Win, who oversees military operations in Shan and Kayah states, arrived at Kengtung, the Burma Army's Triangle Region Command headquarters on Monday, 12 March, reports Mawk Pao from the border:

No.07 - 3/2007
14 March 2007
War
 
Junta war chief for Shan State in Kengtung
 
Lt-Gen Kyaw Win, who oversees military operations in Shan and Kayah states, arrived at Kengtung, the Burma Army's Triangle Region Command headquarters on Monday, 12 March, reports Mawk Pao from the border:
 
He is reportedly on another inspection tour of eastern Shan State, according to a reliable source in Kengtung.
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Lt-Gen Kyaw Win

His visit coincides with reports of an inspection trip by Brig-Gen Way Lin, deputy to Maj-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, Commander of the Triangle Region, 9-13 March in Mongton township, opposite Chiangmai province. The anti-Rangoon Shan State Army (SSA)'s two main border bases, Loilam (Doi Dam for Thai) and Sanzu, are in the township's jurisdiction.
 
One Thai analyst meanwhile told S.H.A.N. any military operation launched by the Burma Army during this month will essentially be a limited action like the 8 March attack on a Karen base further south. "27 March is the SPDC (State Peace and Development Council)'s Armed Forces Day," he said. "It's the time each regional command gives a good account of itself."
 
The analyst, who requests anonymity, does not think a major operation against the SSA is in the offing. "Too many crises face the junta," he says, "like spiraling food and essential commodity prices, all-time high military expenditures, sweeping reshuffles in the army and the resultant widespread low morale. They can only afford small scale surprise attacks at present."
 
The Thai Army nevertheless has deployed its units along the northern border both to help fight against spread of forest fires coming from the Burmese side of the border and head off any surprise attack by the Burma Army that may spill over into Thailand, reports Bangkok Post today.
 
SSA commanders, on the other hand, promise they will never be caught off guard by "the Burmese Army".
 
Kantarawaddy Times, quoting deserters from the Burma Army, meanwhile reported that a major offensive against the SSA and its neighboring ally, Karenni Army (KA), is due in April.