Fighting broke out last month between Myanmar's army and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army
(MNDAA), which groups remnants of the Communist Party of Burma, a powerful Chinese-backed guerrilla force that battled Myanmar's government before splintering in 1989.
Some bases of the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army
on hills in the vicinity of the 18th mile junction on the Laukkai- Kongyan road have been occupied by the government forces after fighting on Saturday and Sunday, said the report.
That led to a standoff with the Kokang region's former rebel army, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army
, which returned to the legal fold in 1989 but was allowed to retain its arms and enjoy self-administration.
The TNLA and Northern Alliance members the Arakan Army and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army
attacked five strategic locations in Pyin Oo Lwin and Nawng Khio on the morning of August 15.
Ta Aik Kyaw has confirmed that three members of the northern alliance, TNLA, AA (Arakan Army) and MNDAA (Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army
), jointly attacked five targets including Defence Services Technology Academy (DSTA) in Pyinoolwin and other targets in Nawnghkio.
Several ethnic armies have a strong presence in the Muse area, including the Kachin Independence Army, Ta'ang National Liberation Army, and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army
. Collectively, they are known as the Northern Alliance.
Joint forces belonging to the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army
(MNDAA) and the Arakan Army (AA) attacked the Goktwin Bridge and a police post between Nawng Khio and Kyaukme this week.