Asia’s newest insurgency

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Myanmar’s military portrays ARSA, the Rohingya militant group, as a potent force that can muster up to 10,000 fighters and poses a serious threat to the country’s stability.

Security analysts cast doubt on that assessment, suggesting the fighters are outgunned, under equipped and likely to only number in the hundreds, at least when the August attacks that precipitated the latest crisis took place. The group itself is opaque, communicating mainly by infrequent posts on Twitter and YouTube.

Earlier this month, the group claimed responsibility for an ambush on Myanmar security forces that injured five, a sign the group may be reasserting itself after a long silence.

Security experts say it could be the beginning of an insurgency that could escalate tensions between Myanmar and Bangladesh and draw the attention of international jihadi groups.
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Published January 10, 2018


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