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The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army - Brigade 5 (Burmese: ဒီမိုကရက်တစ်ကရင်အကျိုးပြုတပ်မတော် - တပ်မဟာ 5; abbreviated DKBA-5), also known as the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (Burmese: ဒီမိုကရက်တစ်ကရင်အကျိုးပြုတပ်မတော်; abbreviated DKBA) and the Klo Htoo Baw Battalion by the Burmese government, is a Karen Buddhist insurgent group in Myanmar. The group was led by Bo Nat Khann Mway, also known as "Saw Lah Pwe", until his death in 2016.

Democratic Karen Buddhist Army - Brigade 5
ဒီမိုကရက်တစ်ကရင်အကျိုးပြုတပ်မတော် - တပ်မဟာ 5
Participant in the internal conflict in Myanmar
Flag of DKBA.png
Flag of the DKBA still used by the DKBA-5
Active2010 (2010)–present
IdeologyKaren nationalism[1]
Theravada Buddhism[2]
LeadersSaw Mo Shay[3][4]
Bo Nat Khann Mway (2010–2016)[5][6][7]
HeadquartersSonesee Myaing, Myawaddy Township, Myanmar
Area of operationsKayin State
Size1,500[8][9]
Originated asDemocratic Karen Buddhist Army
Allies Arakan Army (Kayin State)

Karen National Union

Opponent(s) Myanmar
Battles and war(s)Internal conflict in Myanmar
Buddhist flag variantFlag of DKBA-5 (Buddhist).png

The DKBA-5 split from the original Democratic Karen Buddhist Army in 2010 and is loosely affiliated with the Karen National Union. They have also worked with the Arakan Army.[10]

During the 2010 general election, the DKBA-5 attacked government troops and security forces in Myawaddy Township, Kayin State.[1] The group signed a ceasefire agreement with the government on 3 November 2011, though they have not agreed to disarming, unlike their DKBA predecessors in 2010.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Myanmar Peace Monitor: Stakeholders - DKBA-5".
  2. ^ a b "Myanmar rebel armies join forces". Al-Jazeera English. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  3. ^ "DKBA appoints new Commander-in-Chief". Mizzima. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  4. ^ "General Saw Mo Shay Appointed As DKBA's New Commander-in-Chief". Karen Times. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  5. ^ Naing, Saw Yan (14 March 2016). "Charismatic DKBA Leader Dies at 54". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  6. ^ "DKBA Leader, Major General Saw Ler Pwe Succumbs To Cancer «  Karen News". karennews.org. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  7. ^ "DKBA leader Na Kham Mwe dies of cancer - The Nation". The Nation.
  8. ^ Myanmar Peace Monitor
  9. ^ "Peace may prove elusive as divisions sap strength of karen national union | Bangkok Post: news". www.bangkokpost.com. Bangkok Post. 14 October 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  10. ^ Myanmar Peace Monitor - Arakan Army (Karen Region)