Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Thailand Trouble in Twos

In what must be a purely unintended coincidence, the Kingdom of Thailand has found itself with two of its three most troublesome border regions in simultaneous conflicts. With luck like this, one should almost expect the Myanmar (Burma) border to have an incident too.

The contested border area with Cambodia around the Preah Vihear temple site is once again a zone of contention, with Cambodia threatening to use force to remove an 80 man Royal Thai Army force that has crossed onto what Cambodia claims as their territory.

More pressing in its hazard is the massive Royal Thai Army effort to capture an insurgent group and the leader thereof in the southern Patanni (Pattani) region. Forces in action include hundreds of soldiers and police, backed by helicopters, with re-enforcements on the way.

For reference, here are the previous CompHyp Weekly items on

The Preah Vihear Temple conflict, and

The Insurgency in Patanni, Yala, and Narathiwat.

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