|Under-aged Shan boys forcibly recruited into KIA.|
|KIA's Shan-boy- recruits being trained with wooden-rifles.|
“We do not shell the civilian targets. The orders from above also prohibited us from shelling the civilian targets. I also directed all the troops under my command strictly not to touch the civilian targets. And that’s the reason we are having too many casualties as we have to avoid the civilian targets. But the bastard KIA took cover behind the civilians and ambushed our troops.
The KIA troops we’re facing now are mostly young Shan boys and girls forcibly recruited from the villages just last month or two and given a week or two of basic military training. And KIA sent these child soldiers up to the frontline to get shot to pieces by us,” said the same senior officer.
|Captured Hill -771 at Lajaryan range near Laiza.|
|One of dead KIA soldiers in leg-chains found in the trenches on Lajaryan Hill 771.|
|Burma army's 105 mm Howitzers on the Dawphoneyan range near Laiza.|
Army Has Had Enough of KIA's Deadly Ambushes
Burma’s so-called reformist president Thein Sein has unilaterally issued the well-publicized stop-all-combat-operations order direct to the army last year. Since then army has been suffering greatly as, without major combat operations regularly taking out KIA bases and columns, its troops taking only pure-defensive positions in Kachin State had become sitting ducks to KIA ambushes and guerrilla raids.
Last year alone army has lost at least 5,000 killed and many more wounded as the President's order has basically given KIA a free hand to attack the army posts and supply convoys and columns all over Kachin land. KIA claimed to have lost only 2,000 men. In one ambush alone last year 6 army officers and 42 other ranks were killed when 500-strong KIA units ambushed a convoy of IB 21 from Myitkyinar. (Please watch the video of that devastating ambush at the end of this post.)
|VSG Min Aung Hlaing and his generals.|
The reliable sources from Burma’s secretive War Office confirmed that the army chief VSG Min Aung Hlaing and Vice-chief General Soe Win were recently seen arguing violently with President ex-general Thein Sein in his office in Naypyidaw to go ahead with this Operation Thunderbolt.
The generals' strategic aim was by tightly semi-circling Laiza and directly threatening to wipe out their HQ the recalcitrant KIA would be forced to stop or at least slow down their deadly guerrilla activities and eventually come back to the cease-fire and peace negotiation meetings sponsored by the China Bear.
|KIA human shield of locals and refugees around Laiza HQ.|
|KIA General Gam Shaung in China.|
|KIA General Gun Maw and his Kachin officers.|