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Rebel Tensions Rise With Myanmar Army’s Offensive

Under the scorching midday sun, a drill sergeant for the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) shouts commands at around 100 young soldiers, some barely out of their teens. The rebels, mostly male, struggle to keep formation. They’re exhausted when they return to their barracks at a training school near Laiza, a town in a mountain valley near the border with China that’s also the KIA’s main stronghold. The cadets, many of whom came from government areas to volunteer with the KIA, are about to...

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