The Kachin Independence Army and its allies have been trying to seize control of a key road in Kachin State.
Resistance groups and ethnic armed organizations unite to condemn the hangings and insist on justice for those responsible.
In an unprecedented joint statement issued after four activists were hanged, the civilian govt, NLD and ethnic armed groups said they would unite to defeat the junta.
Daily Myanmar military patrols have been reported following a KIA attack on the base of a junta-controlled ethnic Lisu militia group in Waingmaw Township.
A Myanmar military-backed militia in Kachin State is protecting Chinese-run mines that produce coveted rare earth minerals used in hi-tech products.
Veteran journalist Bertil Lintner talks to The Irrawaddy about China’s goals in Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s future role and how the military might be defeated.
The country’s major ethnic armed organizations are actively fighting the regime and boycotted last month’s peace talks with the junta.
Janes’ Anthony Davis says Myanmar’s highly motivated PDFs have taken their resistance against an arrogant and ineffective Myanmar military into a crucial second phase.
Several armed groups that are currently fighting the regime snubbed Min Aung Hlaing’s earlier invite to talks.
Foreign govts and organizations have joined local groups in condemning the junta’s announcement that it will proceed with the executions of four anti-regime activists.
Veteran journalist Bertil Lintner talks to Irrawaddy editor-in-chief Aung Zaw about why Myanmar’s official peace process has been a non-starter from the outset.
Many ethnic armed organizations are boycotting the talks with the regime in the capital Naypyitaw.
The regime last month awarded titles to leaders of seven of the 10 groups planning to attend talks, prompting speculation it was looking to secure their participation.
With junta forces exhausted by fighting across the country, the regime wants a ceasefire with ethnic armed organizations to allow it to focus on resistance groups.
The powerful ethnic army said the planned talks lack a substantive agenda and exclude key players, seen as a reference to the shadow govt and People’s Defense Force.