Arakan Army (Kayin State)

The Arakan Army (Burmese: ရခိုင်ပြည်တပ်မတော်) is a Rakhine insurgent group based in Kayin State, Myanmar.[1]

Arakan Army
Participant in the internal conflict in Myanmar
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Flag of the Arakan State Army
Active2010 (2010) – present
IdeologyRakhine nationalism
LeadersGen. Khine Razar, Col. Mong Htwam, Col. Min Zan Wai
HeadquartersMobile headquarters
Area of operationsKayin State Arakan State Thailand
Size100[1]–350+[citation needed]
Part ofArakan National Council, United Nationalities Federal Council
Allies DKBA-5
Opponent(s) Myanmar Union of Myanmar (until 2011)
Battles and war(s)Internal conflict in Myanmar
Designated as a terrorist organisation by


The group has been first active combat in the 1990s, until following of their commander-in-chief Khine Razar was killed in action during fighting in Andaman Sea. Arakan State Army was again founded with its political wing called Arakan National Council in 2004. The February 14, 1998 marked the Arakanese Martyr's Day which their general for sacrifices his life for Arakan. ANC was one of few groups did not sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement in 2015 after Tatmadaw clashes with another group "Arakan Army" in Rakhine State. Arakan State Army had planned to return to Rakhine, but extreme cautions and conflict zone they were unable to return. The whole army has only a few hundred soldiers. They were left alone in Kayin State.

Arakan National Council did not collaborate with United League of Arakan of these two Rakhine armed organizations.


The Arakan Army's self-proclaimed objectives are as follows:

  1. To gain the right to self-determination for the ethnic groups of Rakhine State.
  2. To safeguard the national identity and cultural heritage of the Rakhine people.
  3. To promote the national dignity and interests of the Rakhine people.
  4. To liberate every citizen and ethnic group of Myanmar from the Burmese dictatorship.
  5. To ensure peace and development for all of humanity.


  1. ^ a b "AA (Karen Region)". Archived from the original on 29 April 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Myanmar army ordered to take offensive against Arakan Army". AP via Washington Post. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Spokesman: Myanmar Army Kills 13 Rebels in Rakhine Clashes". Reuters via VOA. Retrieved 19 January 2019.