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Myanmar Crisis

Insurgents from India add fuel to fire in Myanmar's restive north

Ethnic groups jostle for dominance in Chin, complicating resistance to military regime

A bridge connecting Myanmar with India's state of Mizoram: Insurgents from the Indian side are adding to the Southeast Asian country's ethnic strife.   © Reuters

AIZAWL/CHURACHANDPUR, India -- Violence is spiraling in northern Myanmar, as ethnic Chin rebels fight not only the country's military regime but also armed insurgent groups from India.

The situation in Chin, the poorest state in Myanmar, has escalated alarmingly. Raids and airstrikes by the Tatmadaw, as the Myanmar military is known, have wiped out entire villages. Muddying the picture is the presence of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the Eastern Command of the Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRA), both from across the border in India's Manipur. Some accuse them of collaborating with the Tatmadaw, though the groups deny the allegations.

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