Military Operations

During the years prior to its shouldering of the State power in 1988, the Tatmadaw had effectively carried out the fight against narcotic drug activities by launching special military operations. Also in the years following the assumption of the State's responsibilities, the Tatmadaw continued its steadfast efforts to suppress the narcotic drugs activities through destruction of poppy fields, surveillance and seizure of drug traffickers and setting afire of all the opium refineries found.

Military Offensives in the Mongkyut Area:

Secretary-2 and Chief of Staff (Army) Lt-Gen Tin Oo holding discussion with
the responsible officials on the Mongkyut Operation activities.

The Loimaw Group had engaged in opium smuggling and drugs trafficking, employing armed troops in the regions of Homein, Monghtaw, Monghta of Shan State near the Myanmar-Thai border. The Tatmadaw successfully eliminated the Loimaw opium smugglers group by launching Mongkyut military operation from 11 May 1994 to 24 June 1994. There were a total of 92 major armed encounters with the enemy during the Mongkyut operation resulting in the following casualties and seizures:

(a) Enemies : 252 persons (captured dead)
(b) Enemies : 2 persons (captured alive)
(c) Assorted arms : 158 units
(d) Assorted ammunition : 7064 rounds
(e) Assorted Bombs : 142 pieces
(f) Landmines(miscellaneous) : 419Nos.
(h) Detonator : 150 Nos.
(i) Communications Equipment : 2 Nos.
(j) Marijuana : 183 kilo

 

Bunkers and the enemies' camps in Mongkyut area.

 

Military Attaches and local and foreign journalists seeking information
after enemies' camps in Mongkyut area were captured.

 

Arms and ammunitions seized from the opium traffickers in Mongkyut Operation.

In Mongkyut operation, 287 members of Tatmadaw including 7 officers sacrificed their lives and 936 members of Tatmadaw including 31 officers were wounded.

Military Offensive in the Barkyan Area:

The Tatmadaw launched again another offensive against Loimaw opium smugglers group in Barkyan area in Shan State from 11 March to 4 May 1995. During the operation, 55 armed encounters took place resulting in the following casualties and seizures: 

(a)Enemies : 218 persons (captured dead)
(b)Assorted arms :  26 units
(c)Assorted ammunition : 1,287 rounds
(d)Landmines : 83 Nos.
(e)Assorted Bombs : 95 Nos.

In Barkyan offensive, one Tatmadaw officer plus 76 other ranks sacrificed their lives and 175 members of Tatmadaw  were wounded.

Enemies' weapons seized by the Tatmadaw.

After assuming the State power by the Tatmadaw in September 1988, the Government's efforts in the fight against the narcotic drugs had resulted in significant achievements. But this was achieved at great cost: 259 members of the Armed Forces sacrificed their lives and 937 members were wounded during the period from 1988 to 1998. A total of 285 enemies were captured dead and 209 units of assorted weapons were seized during the same period.

Precursor chemicals and equipment used for manufacturing heroin.

Unconditional Surrender of MTA led by U Khun Sa:

A total of 13947 members of the Mong Tai Army (MTA) led by U Khun Sa, together with 784 family members unconditionally surrendered to the Government from 5 January 1996 up to 30 December 1997. They entered into legal fold together with their family members, 9879 pieces of weapons and assorted ammunition.