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AUGUST 22, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 138

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Sri Lanka's Jaffna quiet
Reuters, August 24. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Fighting on Sri Lanka's besieged Jaffna peninsula appeared to be dying down after more than a week of open warfare there with Tamil Tiger rebels, the army said on Tuesday, but rebel mortars were fired at army camps in the east.

With road links through rebel territory cut and air and sea movement sharply curtailed, shortages have been rising fast for the roughly half a million people on the army-held peninsula. Some have cut down to one meal a day, while food is scarce. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Aug 22 23:14:41 EDT 2006


Tamil Rebels Blame Sri Lankan Government for Provoking Fighting
bloomberg, Aug. 23. Aug. 23 (Bloomberg) -- The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam blamed Sri Lanka's government for provoking the worst violence since a 2002 cease-fire, a day after President Mahinda Rajapaksa asked rebels to return to peace talks.

``The Sri Lankan military has a long-term hidden agenda, which underpinned its decision to launch a large-scale offensive with massive firepower into our territory,'' S.P. Thamilchelvan, head of the LTTE's political wing, said in a statement yesterday, according to TamilNet.

Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula has been cut off since fighting began Aug. 11, leaving the estimated 500,000 people living there facing shortages of food and water, Human Rights Watch said in a statement. A dispute over water supplies last month escalated into a battle for control of the northeastern town of Muttur. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Aug 22 21:57:04 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Lanka hails US support
afp, August 24. COLOMBO • Sri Lanka yesterday welcomed the arrest in the United States of men allegedly trying to buy surface-to-air missiles for Tamil Tiger rebels and said the crackdown was “tangible support” for the war against terrorism.

Sri Lanka’s government said US authorities had filed charges against eight people accused of trying to buy weapons for the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which is fighting government forces on the island. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Aug 22 21:59:03 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Police: Bomb Found, Defused in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue August 22, 2006 07:01 EDT . RUWAN WEERAKOON - Associated Press Writer - 110 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police acting on a tip discovered and defused a powerful bomb planted in a box of vegetables on a bicycle in a busy shopping district in the Sri Lankan capital Tuesday, an official said... Back to the top

8 Defendants Arrested by FBI, Charged with Conspiring to Provide Material Support, Resources to Foreign Terrorist Organization
USnewswire, 8/21/2006 6:19:00 PM. Contact: Robert Nardoza of the U.S. Department of Justice, 718-254-6323; Web: http://www... Back to the top

Island link in East Asian rebel plot
Slive, august 23. Emissaries of a ruthless Sri Lankan separatist movement conspired to buy weapons from a U... Back to the top

US arrests show LTTE's desperation
rediff News, Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 16:25 EDT. August 22, 2006 The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which figures on the list of Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTOs) of the US State Department since October, 1997, has landed itself into further difficulties in the US... Back to the top

LTTE munitions destroyed: Army
The Hindu, Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 16:35 EDT. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan military claimed on Tuesday to have destroyed an ammunition dump of the Tamil Tigers in the continuing hostilities... Back to the top

Tamil Eelam only solution to Lankan issue: Vaiko
The Hindu, Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 16:53 EDT. Chennai, Aug. 22 (PTI): Tamil Eelam, a separate nation for Tamils, "is the only solution to the Sri Lankan Tamils issue", MDMK chief Vaiko has said. Addressing a public meeting here last night, Vaiko flayed the Centre for advocating a solution within the framework of a united Sri Lanka and said only the Tamils of the island nation had the right to decide their destiny... Back to the top

Vaiko warns of a 'Kashmir in south'
IBN Live, Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 16:25 EDT. Chennai: Marumalarchi DMK (MDMK) General Secretary Vaiko, a staunch supporter of the outlawed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), has warned India of 'creation of Kashmir in the south', if the Tamils in Sri Lanka suffered and failed to get 'Tamil Eelam'... Back to the top

Suspected Tamil rebels hurl grenade, killing one soldier in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue August 22, 2006 00:22 EDT . - - COLOMBO,Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger attacked a military post in northern Sri Lanka - on Tuesday, hurling a hand grenade that killed one soldier, the military said... Back to the top

Canadians among those charged in terror plot
Natinal Post, August 23. TORONTO -- Three Canadian citizens travelled to New York to buy anti-aircraft missiles, machine guns and other military weapons for the Tamil Tigers terrorist organization, the U... Back to the top

13 Tied to Sri Lankan Separatists Are Charged by U.S. With Aiding Terrorists
NYT, August 23. Federal agents in four states, including New York and Connecticut, have arrested 13 men on charges that they plotted to buy weapons for a Sri Lankan separatist group and bribe agents posing as State Department officials to remove the group from a list of foreign terrorist organizations... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers sympathizers in New York accused of terror support
Associated Press, Mon August 21, 2006 17:57 EDT . TOM HAYS - Associated Press Writer - NEW YORK (AP) Emissaries of the Tamil Tigers rebel group conspired to buy surface-to-air missiles from a black-market source in the United States amid an escalating conflict with military forces in Sri Lanka - , authorities said Monday... Back to the top

US arrests over a dozen for Tamil Tiger support
Reuters, August 22. NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than a dozen people have been arrested in the United States on suspicion of trying to provide money and weapons including surface-to-air missiles to Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, U... Back to the top

Rajapakse sets terms for truce
Hindu, August 22. COLOMBO: Reaffirming commitment to the 2002 Cease Fire Agreement (CFA), Sri Lanka President, Mahinda Rajapakse on Monday told the envoys of Co-Chairs of the island nation that his Government will "seriously consider" any initiative incorporating a clear and explicit commitment to a comprehensive and verifiable cessation of hostilities to be made by the LTTE leader, V... Back to the top

Pakistani newspapers rail for second day against Australian cricket umpire
Associated Press, Tue August 22, 2006 08:18 EDT . SADAQAT JAN - Associated Press Writer - Pakistan and Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Aid worker and lawmaker slain as Sri Lankan conflict shows no sign of let up
Associated Press, Mon August 21, 2006 10:05 EDT . CASSIE BIGGS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An ethnic Tamil aid worker and a prominent Tamil politician were both slain in troubled northern Sri Lanka - , where political and ethnic killings are an increasingly disturbing trend in the country's two-decade civil war, observers said Monday... Back to the top

Ex-Tamil politician slain in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon August 21, 2006 02:17 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A former Tamil politician and newspaper chief was killed outside his home in Sri Lanka - 's northern Jaffna Peninsula, police said Monday... Back to the top

Monitors withdraw to the capital amid surging violence in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon August 21, 2006 11:55 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) European monitors overseeing Sri Lanka - 's shaky cease-fire will temporarily withdraw to the capital amid a surge in fighting between government forces and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, the monitoring mission said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka set to lift blockade on Jaffna, as rebels, army exchange fire
Associated Press, Mon August 21, 2006 01:05 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government forces and separatist Tamil rebels traded artillery fire in northern Sri Lanka - , as authorities prepared to lift a blockade of Jaffna Peninsula and allow much needed aid to reach tens of thousands there... Back to the top

Lanka 'regrets' Norwegian remarks
BBC Sinhala , Monday, August 21, 2006 - 08:50 EDT. The Sri Lankan government has expressed regret that a senior Norwegian diplomat criticised the EU ban on the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Sri Lankan cricket counting its losses after series washout
Associated Press, Mon August 21, 2006 02:54 EDT . SANDEEP NAKAI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan cricket bosses were Monday trying to calculate the costs of its ill-fated series that was aborted after early monsoon showers allowed only 22 deliveries to be bowled in a week... Back to the top

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