Assassinations mount in Myanmar – NYT

Assassinations mount in Myanmar – NYT
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Islam News – Guerrilla fighters in Myanmar have started killing local officials appointed by the military junta as the movement to restore democracy evolves into deadly, daily warfare.

It is a David and Goliath strategy. The ruthless military, which has ruled the country since February 2021, has far more weapons at its disposal, so the resistance has to improvise. Organized battalions fight in the jungles; resistance groups carry out guerrilla attacks in towns and cities. The regime said that military-appointed ward administrators were being killed at a rate of more than one a day.

Civilians bear the brunt: The military is increasing its assault on the country, torching villages and waging a relentless bombing campaign. Experts say the brutality is a sign of the military’s inability to contain rebel forces and is “indicative of a loss of control on the ground.”

Geopolitics: Russia has been a major supplier of weapons to Myanmar’s regime. But as the war in Ukraine continues to drain Moscow’s resources, an expert said, the military junta will find it harder to get arms.

Details: The National Unity Government, formed by ousted elected officials and some ethnic leaders, says that it now controls half the country’s territory, and that it has more than 60,000 fighters in battalions and a similar number in local resistance groups.

Source: The New York Times

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