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AUGUST 23, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 139


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LTTE denies links with U.S. arrests
The Hindu, Wednesday August 23, 2006 - 17:24 EDT. COLOMBO: The LTTE has maintained that it has no connection with the eight persons arrested by the U.S. authorities on charges of attempting to mobilise military and material support for it.

"We have no connection with the people arrested and this is not our way of operating. We have never done like this before," the LTTE said on phone from Kilinochichi in a bland response to the news which has been splashed in a big way in the local and foreign media.

On Monday, the U.S. charged eight men with providing material support to the Tigers. The U.S. Justice Department said some of the charges against them were hatching a conspiracy to buy surface-to-air missiles, attempting to bribe U.S. officials to have the LTTE removed from a list of terrorist organisations

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Published: Wed Aug 23 17:24:16 EDT 2006

'Never speak Tamil'- Student couriers instructed on how to smuggle contraband under 'teddies and chocolates'
Toronto Sun, August 24. Waterloo Suresh" Sriskandarajah allegedly used student couriers to smuggle war-related items to the Tamil Tigers under the noses of Sri Lankan security forces.

FBI documents claim he told the students to hide the contraband with "teddies and chocolates."

It is alleged in the documents that in an Oct. 23, 2005, e-mail, Sriskandarajah told three students in "explicit detail" how they would deceive customs officials at Colombo airport.

Sriskandarajah was to supply them with books, compasses, a Global Positioning System device, a computer boards kit and laptop computers destined for the Tamil Tigers. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Aug 23 21:36:13 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Group funnels dough through charities
Toronto Sun, August 24. Canada is one of the top fundraising nations for the Tamil Tigers who earn enough here to fund their ongoing battle at home, U.S. court documents allege.

The Tigers do most of their fundraising in Canada and the U.S., through charity organizations, including the Tamils Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) and the World Tamil Coordinating Committee (WTCC), the FBI said in documents filed in court after uncovering the alleged terror ring.The charity groups "give their fundraising activities the appearance of legitimacy," the documents say.

The FBI alleges the WTCC "openly sells Tigers propaganda and literature on their websites."

Raj Guna-Nathan, president of TRO Canada, said the FBI allegations involve the American chapter of the organization -- which has 16 independent chapters around the world -- and is no way connected to his group. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Aug 23 21:37:19 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Accused was Waterloo's Jekyll and Hyde: Feds
Toronto Sun, August 24. "Waterloo Suresh" Sriskandarajah has two faces, according to the FBI... Back to the top

From tsunami aid to terror charges
toronto star, August 24. A year and a half ago, Sathajhan Sarachandran and Suresh Sriskandarajah travelled to Sri Lanka with a delegation of 26 Ontario students to help victims of the Asian tsunami... Back to the top

RCMP arrest 2 more in alleged Tigers plot
toronto star, August 24. Two more Canadian men face extradition to the U.S. after a joint RCMP and FBI probe into the alleged activities of the Tamil Tigers, a listed terrorist organization... Back to the top

Tigers fighting on Canuck cash?
Toronto Sun, August 24. The FBI fingers Canada as a hub of arms buying and the major source of illegal fundraising for Sri Lankan rebels, according to U... Back to the top

ICRC to evacuate foreigners from northern Sri Lanka , as troops, rebels trade fire
Associated Press, Wed August 23, 2006 06:11 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Red Cross said Wednesday it would send a ferry to help evacuate hundreds of foreign nationals trapped by fighting in northern Sri Lanka - , as activists expressed alarm over a Catholic priest who disappeared after witnessing killings at a church... Back to the top

Feds probe Maryland doctor's Sri Lankan relief group
Associated Press, August 23. DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press Writer HAGERSTOWN, Md... Back to the top

No End in Sight Sri Lanka's civil war exacts a mounting toll.

News Week International Edition, Wednesday August 23, 2006 - 17:32 EDT. Aug. 23, 2006 - The news from Sri Lanka could hardly be worse these days. Ever since guerrillas of the Tamil separatist group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and the Sri Lankan armed forces began fighting over an obscure irrigation canal on the island's eastern coast a month ago, the violence has kept escalating, making a mockery of the four-year-old ceasefire... Back to the top

Alleged plan to buy arms for Tamil rebels is thwarted
KnoxNews, August 23. When four young Canadian men jumped in a car and headed to the United States last week, they told border guards they were going to a bachelor party in Buffalo, N... Back to the top

Analysis: Tamil terror bust 'shows threat'
UPI, Wednesday August 23, 2006 - 13:40 EDT. WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The alleged efforts by U.S. and Canada-based supporters of the Tamil Tigers to buy weapons in New York represents an alarming departure from their traditional activities, which have been restricted to raising funds and political support... Back to the top

Sri Lanka government censures SLMM head
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, August 23, 2006, 6.56 p.m.. The government has censured the head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Ulf Henricsson for making baseless allegations and wrongful implications that the government and security forces had barred the monitors from carrying out investigations into the murders of the 17 aid workers who were killed early this month, the Sunday Standard reported early this week... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: First time aid in ten days to Jaffna
Reuters, August 23. Colombo / Geneva (ICRC) – A ship sailing under the flag of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) finally left the port of Colombo yesterday heading to Jaffna... Back to the top

Diplomats in new push to save Sri Lanka peace bid
Zee News, August 23. Colombo, Aug 22: Sri Lanka's key financial backers held talks with President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday to try to salvage the island's collapsing ceasefire, officials said... Back to the top

Tamils Question Canada's Role in Sri Lankan Civil War, While the FBI Questions Canadian Tamils
Emabssy - Newss, August 23. Tamils demonstrate for Canadian government condemnation of Sri Lankan bombing of civilians while the FBI says it has broken a plot to smuggle arms to the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka atrocity tales rage but proof impossible
Reuters, August 23. COLOMBO, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Dozens of schoolgirls killed by the air force, Muslims massacred by Tamil Tiger rebels, civilians targeted by both sides... Back to the top

India deflects Tamil calls to mediate in Sri Lanka
Reuters, August 23. CHENNAI, India, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Their black gowns flapping in the traffic, scores of Indian lawyers form a "human chain" around the red-brick court building while other protesters burn Sri Lankan flags or stage symbolic fasts... Back to the top

Tamil suspects said they were going to stag party, August 23. The four young Canadian men arrested on suspicion of conspiring to buy weapons on behalf of the Tamil Tigers told security officials they were going to a bachelor party in Buffalo, N... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Catholic priest missing in northern Sri Lanka ; troops, rebels trade fire
Associated Press, Wed August 23, 2006 02:45 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Red Cross said Wednesday it would dispatch a ferry to northern Sri Lanka - to evacuate foreigners amid fierce fighting, as activists expressed alarm over a Catholic priest who disappeared after witnessing disputed deaths... 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... 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

HL:Nine Tamil Tigers supporters, including 4 Canadians, face terror charges
Associated Press, Tue August 22, 2006 04:40 EDT . Beth Gorham - - Canada added the Tamil Tigers, which has fought for an independent state in Sri Lanka - since 1983 for the 3.2 million ethnic Tamil minority, to its own official list of terrorist organizations in April... 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

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

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