Ta'ang National Liberation Army
|Ta'ang National Liberation Army|
တအောင်း အမျိုးသား လွတ်မြောက်ရေး တပ်မတော်Participant in the internal conflict in Myanmar
Flag of the Ta'ang National Liberation Army
|Active||January 1992– present|
|Leaders||Tar Aik Bong|
Tar Bone Kyaw
Tar Hod Plarng
|Area of operations||Tawngpeng, Shan State|
5,000 (TNLA claim)
|Part of||Palaung State Liberation Front|
|Battles and war(s)||Internal conflict in Myanmar|
The Ta'ang National Liberation Army (Burmese: တအောင်း အမျိုးသား လွတ်မြောက်ရေး တပ်မတော်; abbreviated TNLA) is an insurgent group in Myanmar (Burma), and the armed wing of the Palaung State Liberation Front (PSLF). The TNLA is known for its operations against opium poppy cultivation, destroying poppy fields, heroin refineries and meth labs.
Opium smugglers that are caught by the TNLA are arrested, and the TNLA claim that narcotics seized are hidden in the jungle to be publicly burned on special occasions to deter drug smuggling. The TNLA have engaged government forces numerous times during their operations against opium production, as their main objective is to achieve self-determination for the Ta'ang (Palaung) people.
The TNLA originated as the Palaung State Liberation Organization/Army (PSLO/A), which signed a ceasefire agreement with the government in 1991 and disarmed in 2005. After the dissolution of the PSLO/A, Ta'ang (Palaung) leaders Tar Aik Bong and Tar Bone Kyaw founded the TNLA alongside the PSLF to continue fighting for the self-determination of the Ta'ang people. The TNLA is presently allied with the Kachin Independence Army and the Shan State Army - South, and have been conducting operations alongside them in northern Shan State.
Following the 2010 general election and constitutional reforms in 2011, the government created the Pa Laung Self-Administered Zone in northern Shan State as a special self-administration zone for the Ta'ang people. The region is one of the most underdeveloped in the country, with few schools and hospitals.
On August 15 2019, following a coordinated attack led by TNLA and their Brotherhood Alliance which consist of three armies Arakan Army, MNDAA and TNLA launched an first major attacks on five location during Tatmadaw's four months long ceasefired in Northeastern Myanmar. This attack marked the first battle ever fought on Burmese Central heartland. Weeks after the Myanmar Army commander Min Aung Hlaing to end internal peace and they exchange fire after raid on Myanmar military academy in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region and other towns in Shan State sush as Lashio, the biggest in the state where attack on Gotkwin Police Station killed 20 people and wounded over 80 people.
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