Ta'ang National Liberation Army

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Ta'ang National Liberation Army
တအောင်း အမျိုးသား လွတ်မြောက်ရေး တပ်မတော်
LeadersTar Aik Bong
Tar Bone Kyaw
Tar Hod Plarng
Dates of operationJanuary 1992 (1992-01) – present
HeadquartersNamhsan, Myanmar
Active regionsTawngpeng, Shan State
IdeologyTa'ang nationalism
Part ofPalaung State Liberation Front
AlliesNorthern Alliance[3]

Other allies

OpponentsState opponents

Non-state opponents

Battles and warsInternal conflict in Myanmar
Preceded by
Palaung State Liberation Organisation/Army (PSLO/A)

The Ta'ang National Liberation Army (Burmese: တအောင်း အမျိုးသား လွတ်မြောက်ရေး တပ်မတော်; abbreviated TNLA) in Myanmar (Burma), ist the armed wing of the Palaung State Liberation Front (PSLF).

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.[6]


The TNLA was originally founded 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[citation needed], and have been conducting operations alongside them in northern Shan State.[2]

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 October 17, 2020, TNLA abducted a local woman from Mogok and demanded 60 millions of kyats and beaten until ransoms were payoff.[7][8]

On December 5, 2020, also in Mogok, another local man was also abducted by TNLA.[9][10]


  1. ^ Hay, Wayne (17 February 2016). "Myanmar rebels continue fight despite ceasefire deal". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Myanmar Peace Monitor - TNLA".
  3. ^ Lynn, Kyaw Ye. "Curfew imposed after clashes near Myanmar-China border". Anadolu Agency. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  4. ^ Finney, Richard; Mar (translator), Khet (2 August 2018). "300 Myanmar Villagers Flee Township as Ethnic Armies Approach". Radio Free Asia. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  5. ^ Veits, Chris (July 2015). "Are the TNLA a threat to peace in Myanmar? - Inside the TNLA's war on drugs". Journeyman Pictures.
  6. ^ Haquet, Charles; Bolzinger, Bertrand (2014). "Burma: Rubies and Religion - Java Films". Dreamway Productions. Java Films.
  7. ^ "မိုးကုတ်ဒေသခံများအား TNLA မှ ဖမ်းဆီးပြီး ငွေကြေးတောင်းခံမှုများရှိနေ". Myanmar NOW on YouTube. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  8. ^ "ပြန်ပေးဆွဲပြီး ကျပ်သိန်းရာချီတောင်းသည့်အပြင် တုတ်အချောင်းချောင်းကျိုးသည်အထိ ရိုက်နှက်". Myanmar NOW (in Burmese). Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  9. ^ "DVB - မိုးကုတ်မြို့မျက်နာဖုံးကို TNLA က ဖမ်းဆီးသွားတာဖြစ်". DVB on YouTube. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  10. ^ "မိုးကုတ်မြို့ စံပြမုန့်တိုက်ပိုင်ရှင်အမျိုးသားကို လက်နက်ကိုင်လူသုံးဦးက ဖမ်းဆီး". Myanmar NOW (in Burmese). Retrieved 9 December 2020.

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