“Four Cuts” strategy

“Four Cuts” strategy was first used by the Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s military) in the 1960s to clamp down anti-government elements by targeting their key requirements – money, food, intelligence and recruits. It was first used against the Karen rebellion, before adopting it for countering other insurgencies. It was especially used in the Ayeyarwady Delta Region and the Bago Yoma mountain range.

The same tactic is being used by the Myanmar military to bring down the resistance against its current rule. The consequence of this tactic is the indiscriminate targeting of civilian communities by the armed forces.

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