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JAN 26, 2013 - The Guardian

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Burmese take Kachin mountain outpost after artillery barrage

Kachin rebels lose stronghold protecting Laiza, sparking fears refugees will flee to neighbouring ChinaKachin rebels have lost the last major stronghold protecting their headquarters in Laiza, sparking fears that the town – under rebel control for the past 50 years – may soon fall to government troops and force refugees into China.The outpost of Hka Ya Bum, the most strategic peak in a mountain range five miles west of Laiza, fell on Saturday after days of heavy bombardment by the Burmese forced rebel soldiers with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) to withdraw to positions farther ... Read More

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