Myanmar junta facing biggest challenge yet after new offensive by armed groups, analysts say


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Myanmar’s military is facing its biggest military challenge since it seized power in a coup more than two years ago, after an alliance of opponents cut off key trading routes and seized towns and dozens of outposts near the Chinese border. The offensive in northern Shan state, which was launched by an alliance of ethnic armed groups in coordination with newer anti-coup groups, is a significant blow for the military, analysts say, and could be exploited by the wider pro-democracy resistance movement. Their offensive has been met with airstrikes by the military, according to reports, with junta chief Min Aung...