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Arakan Army launches offensive in Rakhine, targets Myanmar junta’s military hub

Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh, 31 March 2024


The Arakan Army (AA) initiated a significant offensive in Rakhine State’s Ann township, home to Myanmar’s regime Western Military Command, intensifying clashes with the military junta’s forces.


The offensive, which also extends to adjacent Ngape Township in Magwe Region, marks a strategic move by the AA to disrupt the junta’s operations and control in the region. 


The Ann-Minbu Road and other vital routes are pivotal junctions linking Rakhine State with neighboring regions, adding strategic significance to the ongoing clashes.


Reports indicate that AA troops clashed with junta forces near Lone village in Ann Township and Tone Gyi village in Ngape Township, resulting in casualties on both sides. 


The AA claims to have inflicted significant losses on the regime’s troops, capturing weapons and ammunition in the process.


The continued fighting threatens the stability of the region, with the potential to disrupt the junta’s command system and military operations in Rakhine State. 


The capture of Ann town by the AA could have far-reaching implications, potentially exposing southern Rakhine State to increased insecurity.


In response to the escalating conflict, the junta has abandoned strategic towns like Ma-ei, blowing up major bridges to impede the AA’s advance. 


However, the AA’s continued expansion across Rakhine State and Paletwa Township underscores the group’s growing influence and control in the region.


The clashes highlight the ongoing struggle between the military junta and ethnic armed groups in Myanmar, with civilians caught in the crossfire. 


As the conflict escalates, concerns over humanitarian consequences and civilian casualties mount, underscoring the urgent need for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.


The situation in Rakhine State remains volatile, with the AA’s offensive posing a significant challenge to the junta’s authority. 


As the conflict unfolds, the international community closely monitors developments, urging all parties to prioritize dialogue and diplomacy to achieve lasting peace and stability in Myanmar.


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