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Fight back or flee? Myanmar draft forces hard choices on youth

Reuters Weeks after Myanmar’s military government announced a nationwide draft, two young women from far-flung parts of the South-East Asian country headed to the jungles to take up arms against the junta. For two men in their 30s in Myanmar’s two largest cities, the threat of conscription after the February call-up prompted them to upend […]

Myanmar junta’s conscription plan lays bare toll of fighting rebels

Reuters The Myanmar’s military conscription plan reveals the heavy toll that months of incessant fighting against rebels have had on its troops and the struggles the generals are facing to replenish their ranks, analysts, diplomats and a defector said. The plan, which was announced this week, comes after the junta lost control of swathes of […]