Shan United Revolutionary Army

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Shan United Revolutionary Army
Participant in the Internal conflict in Myanmar
Shan United Revolutionary Army flag.png
Flag of the Shan United Revolutionary Army
Active 1960 (1960)[1]–1996 (1996)
Ideology Shan nationalism
Leaders Mo Heng
Khun Sa
Yawd Serk
Headquarters Homong, Shan State
Area of operations Shan State
Part of Mong Tai Army
Became Shan State Army - South

Union of Myanmar

Battles and wars Internal conflict in Myanmar

The Shan United Revolutionary Army (Burmese: ရှမ်းပြည်နယ်တပ်ပေါင်းစုတော်လှန်ရေးတပ်မတော်; abbreviated SURA), was a Shan insurgent group in Myanmar (Burma), led by several drug warlords such as Khun Sa.[2]


The SURA had multiple factions, such as the "Tai Revolutionary Council" led by Moh Heng, a group which would merge in 1985 with Khun Sa's Shan United Army (SUA)[3] in order to create the Mong Tai Army with its base of operations in Homong.[4][5] In 1996 most of its soldiers disarmed, but a group of 800 soldiers were integrated into the newly formed Shan State Army - South by Yawd Serk.

Further reading[edit]

  • Trevor Wilson (ed.) Myanmar's Long Road to National Reconciliation, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2006, ISBN 978-981-230-363-9; 981-230-363-4

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Shan United Revolutionary Army". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Uppsala Conflict Encyclopedia, Myanmar (Burma)". Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Shan United Army (SUA) - Mong Tai Army (MTA)". GlobalSecurity. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Golden Triangle drug Lords: Khun Sa, Lo Hsing Han, Miss Hairy Legs and the Wa State Army". Facts and Details. Retrieved 26 May 2016.; Bertil Lintner, in Asia Online; November 1, 2007
  5. ^ The Far East and Australasia 2003, p. 870. Retrieved 29 November 2014.