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Myanmar fighters capture town to operate military control

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Myanmar fighters capture town to operate military control

Myanmar fighters capture town to operate military control

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  • The alliance claims to have seized military positions and crucial border hubs essential for trade with China.
  • TNLA claimed to have captured Namhsan after launching an attack over two weeks ago.
  • The offensive has energized other anti-junta groups, forcing over half a million people to flee their homes.
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A group of ethnic minority fighters in Myanmar, known as the Three Brotherhood Alliance, claimed on Saturday that they took control of a trading hub in Shan state.

This follows recent clashes in the northern Shan state involving the Arakan Army (AA), the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA).

The alliance asserts that they’ve seized military positions and crucial border hubs essential for trade with China. Analysts view this as the most significant military challenge to the junta since its takeover in 2021.

In response to the ongoing conflict, China announced a temporary cease-fire between the alliance and the Myanmar military on Thursday. While some areas held by the MNDAA have experienced relative peace, clashes persist in regions controlled by the TNLA and the AA.

The TNLA said they captured Namhsan on Friday after launching an attack in the area more than two weeks ago.

“We got the town,” Brigadier General Tar Bhone Kyaw told the source. The TNLA posted video footage on Facebook showing leaders of the group visiting the town and talking to junta soldiers taken prisoner.

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Myanmar’s army spokesperson confirmed on state-run TV (MRTV) that fighting persists around Namhsan. Additionally, according to Tar Bhone Kyaw from the TNLA, the Myanmar army lost control of the 105-mile Trade Zone, a significant trading area on the China border in Muse township, Shan state.

The Three Brotherhood Alliance claims to have taken control of 422 military bases and seven towns from the Myanmar army since October 27.

Their offensive has not only impacted the immediate conflict zone but has also energized other anti-junta groups.

As a result, clashes have extended to the eastern and western parts of Myanmar, forcing over half a million people to flee their homes, as reported by the United Nations.

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