The Lanka Academic

 
AUGUST 11, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 127

JAYANTHA DHANAPALA

Candidate for UN Secretary General from Sri Lanka.
TLA FORUM

Express your opinions, meet others at the TLA Forum!
TLA FEATURE CORNER
Headline Summary
F R E E      C L A S S I F I E D S
T  O  P      H  E  A  D  L  I  N  E
Rebels attack Navy base as Sri Lanka fighting rages
Reuters - Alertnet, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 22:20 EDT. By Ranga Sirilal

COLOMBO, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a Navy base in Sri Lanka's east and fought artillery duels with troops in the north before dawn on Saturday, the military said, as the worst fighting since a 2002 truce deepened.

The Tigers rained artillery on the strategic eastern port of Trincomalee, a vital maritime supply line to the army-held northern Jaffna peninsula -- which is cut off from the rest of the island by rebel territory and where a new battlefront opened up late on Friday.

More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Aug 11 20:20:36 EDT 2006


Rebels say break through Sri Lanka govt lines
Yahoo News, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 22:30 EDT. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Saturday they had broken through army defenses in the island's far north and were advancing on the government-held Jaffna peninsula, in the fiercest fighting since a 2002 truce.

The Tigers said they had pushed through a no-man's land that separates rebel and government territory, destroyed army checkpoints on the other side and were advancing along the main A9 artery road that connects the peninsula to their stronghold.

The military said it had lost communications with its troops in the area and Nordic truce monitors said they had no details.

"We have completely destroyed the army checkpoints at the Muhamalai (border) crossing, and we are advancing on Jaffna," a Tiger official at the rebel Voice of Tigers radio station told Reuters, asking not to be named.

More...
Published: Fri Aug 11 22:29:47 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Conflicting reports from Jaffna: Army claims Palaly is safe, fighting continues
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, August 11, 2006, 11.53 p.m.. Conflicting reports are reaching the Lanka Academic with regard to the situation in Jaffna, and the possible damages at the Palaly military base. A spokesman attached to the Military headquarters in Colombo denied reports that the palaly base had been damaged, but noted that no confirmed details were available at present as the attacks which began at around 5.10 in the evening today continued, even at the time this report was filed.

He also noted that the government security forces have begun retaliatory strikes, but was unable to give details on the casualties. Police headquarters in Colombo was still unaware whether curfew has been imposed in Jaffna as reported. "We are trying to get this confirmed ourselves, but none of the phone lines are working," a police officer attached to the headquarters said.

The media centre for national security claimed initially that it was the LTTE who initially began firing artillery on security forces in Muhamalai and Nagar kovil, at just after 5.00 p.m. today. Discuss this story
Published: Fri Aug 11 14:25:10 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Related News Stories
·
Tiger aircraft rockets Palaly base, curfew in Jaffna  - tamilnet

Tamil Tigers say S.Lanka opens new front, bombs camp
Reuters, August 11. COLOMBO, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said on Friday the military had opened a new front in fighting in the island's east, and fighter jets had bombed one of their training camps in the district of Batticaloa, killing many rebels... Back to the top

Army launches fresh offensive in northern Sri Lanka
monstersandcritics.com, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 12:00 EDT. Colombo - The Sri Lanka Army has launched a fresh offensive against Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka on Friday as troops continued their efforts to secure an area around a disputed irrigation canal in the north-eastern region of the country, government and rebel sources said... Back to the top

Permission denied due to fears of LTTE cadres entering TN
hindu.com, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 17:06 EDT. Chennai, Aug. 11 (PTI): The Tamil Nadu Government today told the Madras High Court that a Tamil body had not been allowed to hold an international conference as it was feared that LTTE cadres and sympathisers of other banned groups would enter the state during the meet.

"If (the meeting) is allowed in the name of the conference, LTTE members and sympathisers of banned organisations would infiltrate into the state," the government counsel said during the hearing of a petition filed by the World Tamil Confederation (WTC), which challenged an order by Salem district police denying permission for holding the two-day conference from tomorrow... Back to the top


Heavy fighting breaks out in Sri Lanka 's north; warplanes bomb rebel-held areas in east
Associated Press, Fri August 11, 2006 12:54 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops battled Tamil Tigers in northern Jaffna Peninsula and the air force bombed rebel camps in the east, as fighting over a disputed waterway intensified Friday, threatening a return to full-scale war on the island... Back to the top

Save the Children warns of Humanitarian Crisis in Sri Lanka
alertnet.org, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 17:06 EDT. Save the Children today warns of a humanitarian crisis as fighting continues in eastern Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lankan war planes bomb rebel-held areas in east risking conflict spreading
Associated Press, Fri August 11, 2006 09:37 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force bombed Tamil Tiger-held areas in the country's east Friday, rebel and military officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels say fighting spreads to north
swissinfo.org, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 13:51 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - The Tamil Tigers said on Friday the Sri Lankan military had attacked their northern territory and bombed a training camp in the east, killing many rebels, as the battlefront of the worst fighting since a 2002 truce spread... Back to the top

UN investigators urge probe of Lanka murders
www.dnaindia.com, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 17:06 EDT. GENEVA: United Nations human rights investigators called on Sri Lanka's government on Friday to investigate the killing of 17 humanitarian aid workers, bring the perpetrators to justice and fully disclose their findings... Back to the top

Norway pledges to help civilians in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri August 11, 2006 12:55 EDT . OSLO, Norway (AP) Norway said Friday it would ensure that aid reaches people suffering from the conflict in Sri Lanka - , after rebels appealed to the Scandinavian nation to help civilians trapped by fighting over a disputed waterway... Back to the top

Sri Lanka government raises US $ 175 million dollars
lankabusinessonline.com, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 13:56 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - The Tamil Tigers said on Friday the Sri Lankan military had attacked their northern territory and bombed a training camp in the east, killing many rebels, as the battlefront of the worst fighting since a 2002 truce spread... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says attacks against rebels to continue
Associated Press, Thu August 10, 2006 22:43 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military said Friday it will continue to attack Tamil rebels to fully secure a northeastern waterway, a day after fierce battles between them killed up to 20 rebels and 41 government soldiers, according to the two sides... Back to the top

Sri Lanka army launches new attacks; monitors say neither side seeks to halt fighting
Associated Press, Fri August 11, 2006 05:38 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military launched new attacks Friday on Tamil Tiger rebel positions, the insurgents said, a day after fierce fighting killed up to 61 combatants, according to the two sides... Back to the top

India's cricketers arrive in Sri Lanka after military like drills
Associated Press, Fri August 11, 2006 07:39 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) India's cricket team arrived in Sri Lanka - to play a tri-nation limited-overs series, after fine-tuning with what local media was dubbing military training... Back to the top

Heavy fighting breaks out in Sri Lanka , more than 50 civilians dead, rebels say
Associated Press, Thu August 10, 2006 05:26 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The Sri Lankan military attacked Tamil Tiger rebels from land and air Thursday and the rebels retaliated in heavy fighting that killed at least 13 combatants, officials said... Back to the top

Only talks can end Sri Lanka crisis, says US
hindustantimes.com, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 06:36 EDT. The United States on Friday called upon the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers to return to the path of negotiations to put an end to the unending ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Three killed in Lanka as shell explodes
hindu.com, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 06:36 EDT. Colombo, Aug. 11 (PTI): Three civilians were killed when they tried to open an unexploded shell in Sri Lanka's embattled northeast today. The victims had found the shell and took it to a cycle repair shop to salvage its outer casing, a military official here said... Back to the top

13 killed in Sri Lanka as military does battle with rebels
theglobeandmail.com, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 06:36 EDT. COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka's military attacked Tamil rebels from land and air yesterday, and the rebels retaliated with artillery and small-arms fire in heavy fighting that left 13 combatants dead, officials said... Back to the top

India’s no to ‘war weapons’ for Sri Lanka
com, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 06:36 EDT. New Delhi - India is ready to arm Sri Lanka to build up its deterrence capabilities but not for war... Back to the top

Rights group demands independent commission to probe killing of aid workers in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri August 11, 2006 05:24 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - should appoint an independent commission with international support to investigate last week's killing of 17 aid workers in the country's northeast, a human rights group said on Friday... Back to the top

Heavy clashes erupt at Mavil Aru
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, August 10, 2006, 12.00 p.m.. Heavy fighting was reported between Sri Lanka's security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels early morning today (10), after Tiger cadres attempted to fire showers of mortars at troops facilitating the supply of water through the Mavil Aru Anicut, which was reopened only yesterday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Strong International Role Needed in Inquiry on Aid ...
alertnet.org, 10 Aug 2006 19:29:26 GMT. New York, August 11, 2006) � The Sri Lankan government should appoint an independent commission with international participants to investigate the brutal killing of 17 aid workers in the northeast town of Mutur, Human Rights Watch said today... Back to the top

© Copyright 2000-2005 Lanka Academic Network.