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Glimmers of hope amid southern Thailand violence

Insurgents' slow emergence from shadows could help pave way to peace

| Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos
Thai security forces deal with the aftermath of an attack on electricity poles in Thepa district, Songkhla, that formed part of a wave of coordinated blasts across 19 districts in all four of Thailand's insurgency-affected southern provinces on the night of April 6-7 2017. (Courtesy of Anthony Davis)

Fresh waves of insurgent mayhem have been roiling the border provinces of southern Thailand in recent weeks, refocusing national attention on the chronically troubled region and embarrassing the country's military-led government. But amid the explosions and gunfire of a bitter Malay-Muslim separatist revolt lies a paradox: The latest violence marks an important step on the road to peace.

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