On September 14, 2012, a senior juwae, Wae Ali Copter Waeji, of the GMIP surrendered with 90 of his men, signing a letter in which they acknowledged that their current strategy (i.e., violence) was not achieving their objectives.
(39) The RTA is concerned that the BRN has no command-and-control over local insurgent cells, with General Prayuth describing them as an "old-guard outfit." (40) The BRN split into three factions in the 1980s, and most of the current violence is perpetrated by the BRN-C and groups such as the GMIP. The NSC chief acknowledged this is a problem but spoke of the BRN's role as elders: "it's important that we talk with spiritual leaders who, after all, were militants before.
(62) Detailed negotiations were held from 26-27 December, with Bersatu, PULO, GMIP, and BRN-Congress representing insurgent groups.
The absence of the BRN-C was indeed a notable shortcoming, though the GMIP is assumed to conduct some on the ground activities, and others presumably had links to those in the field.
The GMIP, BRN-C, as well as the smaller Jemaah Salafi and New PULO, are not at ideological war with one another; indeed, they share an Islamist vision.
First and foremost, JI approached both the GMIP and Jemaah Salaiin 19992000 and invited them to a series of three meetings known as the Rabitatul Mujahidin--though it is unknown how deep or strong a relationship was forged.
BRN Coordinate and GMIP
have successfully recruited members from the
With the rise of groups such as the PULO and GMIP
, the religious nature of the conflict in Southern Thailand has become more prominent.
The sections on Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), Gerakan Mujahideen Islam Pattani (GMIP
), and Pusat Persatuan Tadika Narathiwat (PUSAKA) are especially informative, the dynamics and interplay among these groups instructive.
These groups include Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), Gerakan Mujahideen Islam Pattani (GMIP
) and the Pattani United Liberation Organization (PULO).