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Arakan Army and Insurgency in Rakhine – Background and Portends

The Arakan Army (AA) in the Rakhine and Chin States of Myanmar has proved to be a major challenge for the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Armed Forces) in 2019 and there are no signs that the threat is receding thus a rundown on the force and its potential is essential. The ethnic guerrilla army has all key ingredients that make it a group that can pose a long term threat to the Myanmar and will create further complications in the resettlement of the over one million Rohingya refugees currently lodged in Bangladesh in make shift camps. The rise of the AA has indeed been metoric and denotes the potential of insurgency in Myanmar where support of traditionally strong ethnic groups such as the Kachin and the Wa act as a base for other ethnicities to wage war against the State The Arakan Army was raised in Laiza in Kachin State supported by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).............

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