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Women Are Increasingly Drawn to the Arakan Army’s Fight Against Myanmar’s Central Government

The Arakan Army, which is battling the Myanmar military for autonomy in turbulent Rakhine state, has grown in both force strength and firepower since its formation in 2009 to the level that the rebel group can now launch successful offensives on police or military outposts. And its message is drawing as many young female recruits as men. After hundreds of Arakan fighters carried out deadly attacks on police outposts in northern Rakhine in early January, striking on Independence Day, hostilities between the two sides escalated, prompting the government to brand the Arakan Army, commonly referred to as the AA, as a terrorist group and to order its troops to eliminate it. So far this year, the AA and Myanmar forces have engaged in more than 100 battles in Rakhine state................................

 

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