Arakan Rohingya Islamic Front

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Arakan Rohingya Islamic Front
Participant in the Rohingya conflict
Active 1986 (1986)–1998 (1998)[1]
Ideology Rohingya nationalism
Leaders Nurul Islam
Area of operations Rakhine State, Myanmar
Originated as Rohingya Patriotic Front
Rohingya Solidarity Organisation

Arakan Rohingya National Organisation

Opponents Union of Myanmar
Battles and wars

Internal conflict in Myanmar

The Arakan Rohingya Islamic Front (abbreviated ARIF) was a Rohingya insurgent group active in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma). The group was made up of Rohingya fighters led by Nurul Islam, a Yangon-educated lawyer. The group was created after uniting the remnants of the Rohingya Patriotic Front (RPF) and a defecting faction of the Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) that was under the command of Nurul Islam.[2][3]

On 28 October 1998, the ARIF merged with the RSO and formed the Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO), operating in-exile in Cox's Bazar.[1] The Rohingya National Army (RNA) was established as its armed wing.


  1. ^ a b "Bangladesh Extremist Islamist Consolidation". by Bertil Lintner. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Burma/Bangladesh: Burmese Refugees In Bangladesh - Historical Background". Human Rights Watch. Retrieved 22 March 2018. 
  3. ^ Jilani, A. F. K. (1999). The Rohingyas of Arakan: Their Quest for Justice. Ahmed Jilani. Retrieved 22 March 2018.