December 1, 2023

As Burma Reaches a Tipping Point, the U.S. Can Help Ensure Democracy Prevails

On October 27, the Three Brotherhood Alliance (TBA) launched a coordinated offensive – called Operation 1027 – against Burma’s military. The TBA, which includes the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), and the Arakan Army (AA), has gained significant ground in northern Shan State. With the assistance of allied People’s Defense Forces (PDFs), the TBA has captured more than 200 military outposts, police stations, and strategic positions, and established control over several towns and key highway junctions along the China-Burma border. Hundreds of junta soldiers have surrendered to alliance forces. Concurrent with Operation 1027, allied resistance forces launched offensive attacks against junta positions in other parts of the country, including Karenni (Kayah)Chin, Mon, Kayin, and Rakhine States, as well as Sagaing and Mandalay Regions. In response, the State Administration Council (SAC), as the junta calls itself, held an emergency National Defense and Security Council meeting on November 8, where the military-installed president warned that Burma was at risk of breaking apart and declared martial law in eight townships in Shan State. 
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