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Brian Berletic

May 12, 2024

Update on US-backed fighting in Southeast Asia's Myanmar...

- Myanmar's military ousted a US-installed government in 2021, the US has backed armed militancy and terrorism across Myanmar ever since;

- Fighting has see-sawed, but has done so for decades as the US and British have backed armed ethnic groups since Myanmar gained independence following World War 2;

- The US has built parallel institutions both inside and beyond Myanmar's borders to politically capture and compromise the nation;

- US-backed militants have relied on public relations stunts including symbolic drone and rocket strikes on the capital and the temporary capture of frontier towns where government forces are spread thinnest;

- The conflict is ultimately part of a wider agenda of encircling and containing China;

- China's Belt and Road Initiative runs through Myanmar and has been repeatedly attacked by US-backed militant groups;

- The conflict is just one part of a wider global conflict the US is waging in order to reassert its unipolar "international order;"

References: The New Atlas - Washington's, Not Myanmar's "National Unity Government" (May 14, 2021): • Washington's, Not Myanmar's "National... The New York Times - Myanmar Rebels Take Key Trading Town, but Counteroffensive Looms (April 12, 2024): NYT - Myanmar’s Junta Recaptures Town That Was a Significant Gain for Rebels (April 24, 2024): The Diplomat - Myanmar’s Revolution Has Entered a New, More Complicated Phase (May 1, 2024): AP - Attacks on Chinese-run factories in Myanmar vex Beijing (March 2021): The Irrawaddy - China-Backed Pipeline Facility Damaged in Myanmar Resistance Attack (February 2022): The Irrawaddy - Chin Resistance Kills 2 Myanmar Junta Soldiers Guarding Chinese Pipeline (August 2023): Wikileaks - THAILAND: ALLEGED USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS ALONG THAI BORDER: Wikileaks - SNAPSHOT OF NORTHERN KAREN STATE PROVIDES LITTLE HOPE: Wikileaks - FREE BURMA RANGERS: PROVIDING HUMANITARIAN RELIEF; NOT ARMING INSURGENTS: Wikileaks - KAREN GROUPS SAY FIGHTING WON'T REACH REFUGEE CAMPS IN THAILAND: Wikileaks - MILITARY DETENTION OF AMCIT UNDERSCORES SHIFT IN THAI POLICY TOWARD BURMA:

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