Dictatorial paranoia Myanmar | 29 February 2024

Myanmar: The war grinds on as the regime admits serious losses

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A few weeks after “Operation 1027” began in Shan State, Min Aung Hlaing has publicly admitted that significant losses have been suffered by regime forces, as reported by Radio Free Asia on 30 November 2023.

World Watch Research analyst Thomas Muller comments: “This admission by the military leader was a first and it relates to territory as well as to manpower and equipment. Although the junta is far from being defeated, it seems to have lost momentum. Allegedly, this is also due to a growing number of so-called watermelons, who are green (soldier) on the outside, but red (the color of the democratically elected NLD, thus ‘rebel’) on the inside, supplying intelligence to rebel forces (Reuters, 2 January 2024). In January 2024, China brokered a ceasefire (Reuters, 12 January 2024), but it remains to be seen if this agreement is honored. It would appear that the regime is also losing ground in other areas of conflict and, while Christians are hopeful for change, the army campaign of shelling and aerial attacks continues.”


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