Written by KNG - Tuesday, 10 November 2009
The Burmese military junta is secretly readying special troops totaling 300,000 for the elimination of ethnic rebels after the 2010 elections in the country, said sources close to senior Burmese military officers in capital Naypyidaw.
Young, active and healthy soldiers from Burmese Army battalions in the country have been selected for the special force, which is being mobilized to eliminate ethnic armed groups, which rejected the junta-proposed Border Guard Force (BGF), said a retired military officer whose son is in the special force.
Burma's military leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe (Center) and Vice Snr-Gen Maung Aye (left).
A Naypyidaw insider said, the special troops are being imparted special military training in the name of "upgrading military training" in different military bases in the country.
The junta proposes to declare the ethnic rebels, who rejected the Burmese Army-controlled BGF, as illegal armed groups after next year’s elections, which it plans to win, said Burmese military insiders.
Civil war will erupt in the ethnic rebel areas soon after the announcement, said sources close to the Burmese military.
The junta's No. 2 Vice Senior General Maung Aye has already informed Burmese troops to eliminate all ethnic armed groups including the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), according to KIO officials.
Burmese army deserters in Northeast Shan State recently told KNG, that the Burmese Army has already transported unique chemical-laced mortar shells to its military bases in Mongkoe areas the former territory of Mongkoe Defense Army (MDA) led by Mungsa La.
The soldiers have explained the effects of the chemical-laced mortar shells -- temporarily feeling faint, difficulty in breathing and loss of vision. The shells cannot be used without orders from senior military officers.
Sources close to Naypyidaw military officers said, the junta is now learning how Cambodia eliminated Khmer Rouge rebels and Sri Lanka eliminated Tamil Tiger rebels. http://www.kachinnews.com/index.php/news/1212-junta-readies-300000-troops-to-eliminate-ethnic-rebels.html