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Wa National Army
Participant in the Internal conflict in Myanmar
Flag of the Wa National Army
Active 29 July 1969 (1969-07-29)–present
Ideology Wa nationalism
Leaders Mahasang
Headquarters Homein, Shan State, Myanmar
Area of
Shan State;
Myanmar-Thailand border
Strength 200[1]
Part of Wa National Organisation
Originated as Ka Kwe Ye
Became United Wa State Army

Naval Jack of the Republic of China.svg Kuomintang (until 1980s)

Shan State Army flag.png Shan State Army (until 1977)

State opponents

Non-state opponents

  • Communist Party of Burma flag (1946-1969).png Communist Party of Burma
Battles/wars Internal conflict in Myanmar

The Wa National Army (Burmese language:ဝအမျိုးသားတပ်မတော်; abbreviated WNA) is an insurgent group that operates in Shan State, Myanmar (Burma), near Myanmar's border with Thailand.[2] It is the armed wing of the Wa National Organisation (WNO).[3]


The WNA was founded along with the WNO on 29 July 1974, after the original group, a Ka Kwe Ye, joined forces with the Shan State Army (SSA) and Lo Hsing Han. The group was led by Mahasang, the son of the last sawbwa of Vingngun.[3]

In 1977, the WNA broke ties with the SSA and allied themselves with the 3rd Kuomintang battalion operating near the Myanmar-China border, led by General Li Wenhuan. In 1983, the WNA's political wing, the Wa National Organisation, officially joined the National Democratic Force (NDF).[3]

In the 1980s, the WNA operated in northern Shan State, near the Myanmar-Thailand border, but not in the mountainous areas of the region, which were under the control of the Communist Party of Burma until 1989.[2] In August 1997, the WNA signed a peace agreement with the military junta government.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. I. Rotberg, Robert (1998). Burma: Prospects for a Democratic Future. Brookings Institution Press. ISBN 0815791690. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tucker, Shelby (2001) (in en). Burma: Curse of Independence. Pluto Press. p. 6. ISBN 9780745315416. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Lintner, Bertil (1999) (in en). Burma in Revolt: Opium and Insurgency since 1948. Silkworm Books. p. 17. ISBN 9781630411848. 

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