NDA-K's Ting Ying declares Burma army will wipeout KIA

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Zahkung Ting Ying, longtime leader of the now defunct New Democratic Army-Kachin (NDA-K) has predicted that government forces will completely “wipeout” the Kachin Independence Army. Ting Ying's comments were made during a recent meeting with military officials in Pangwa, according to sources in Kachin state.

During the meeting Brig-Gen Zeyar Aung, commander of Burma Army’s Northern Regional Military Command, reportedly concurred with the former NDA-K chief saying that the army's overwhelming firepower will spell the end of the KIA.

Despite these prediction troops from the KIA remain in control of much of countryside surrounding Pangwa, a town that for many years was the headquarters of the NDA-K.

On April 25, an estimated force about 400 KIA soldiers briefly took over Pangwa and overran bases belonging to the government's border guard force. The KIA troops later withdrew from Pangwa a few days later when Burmese military helicopters and fighter jets bombed KIA positions.
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Currently Pangwa is controlled by Burma army troops who took over following large scale defections from the local border guard force which is made up of many ex-NDA-K troops.

Residents of north of Pangwa say that heavy fighting is still taking place nearby especially north at Hpre.

In 2009 the NDA-K officially ceased to exist when its standing army of about 1,000 troops was absorbed by the national border guard force. Many NDA-K soldiers were upset with their leader Ting Ying's decision to dissolve the group and join the border guard force.

The NDA-K was the successor to a KIO unit led by Ting Ying's that broke-away in 1968 to join forces with the Burma Communist Party (BCP). Ting Ying created the NDA-K following the dissolution of the BCP in 1989.  The NDA-K ceasefire agreement with Burma's central government enabled the group to profit from the cross border timber trade at Kambaiti and Pangwa.

In November 2010 one year after dissolving the NDA-K Ting Ying was elected to Burma's parliament as Independent MP.


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