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Sri Lankan jets pound rebel positions
Associated Press, Sat October 7, 2006 11:04 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Military jets pounded separatist Tamil Tiger positions in northern and eastern Sri Lanka - Saturday as the rebels sent a private letter to the head of the Norwegian peace negotiation team.

The contents of the letter were unknown, but earlier this week rebels warned they would pull out of a 2002 cease-fire negotiated by Norway if the government continues to attack rebel positions.

The latest fighting broke out Friday and has left dozens of troops and rebels dead. Each side has denied initiating the attacks.

The fighting came one day after the government said it was ready to resume peace talks later this month in Switzerland. About 1,500 people have died in increasingly heavy fighting since the last round of talks in February.

Rebel spokesman Daya Master said the head of the rebels' political wing sent the letter to Norwegian peace envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer regarding the Tigers' stance on what they consider to be the military's offensive in the east.

Military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said an airstrike was launched Saturday in Pallai in the northern Jaffna Peninsula, where both sides trade artillery and mortar fire. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the airstrike.

The military said the Tigers launched the attack in the east, while the rebels accused the army of starting the offensive in a bid to grab rebel-held territory.

A spokesman for the Nordic cease-fire monitoring mission, Thorfinnur Omarsson, said it was difficult to say who started the latest round of clashes.

The Tigers have been fighting since the 1970s for a separate homeland in the north and the east, where most of the country's 3.2 million Hindu Tamils live, because of discrimination at the hands of the 14 million Sinhalese, who are largely Buddhist.

About 65,000 people died in the conflict before the truce. Discuss this story
Published: Sat Oct 7 11:34:34 EDT 2006

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At least 54 combatants killed in heavy fighting in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat October 7, 2006 00:55 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) At least 54 combatants were killed in heavy clashes between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's volatile east, the military said Saturday. The Norway-brokered 2002 cease-fire temporarily ended Sri Lanka - 's civil war between the government and the Tamil Tigers, who want to carve out a separate homeland in the north and east for the country's ethnic Tamil minority, citing decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese.

About 65,000 people died in the conflict before the truce.

Renewed fighting since late July has left at least another 1,000 combatants and civilians dead. Discuss this story
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Sri Lanka : At least 54 combatants killed in heavy fighting in the east, military says  - Associated Press

LTTE claims to have blunted Vaharai offensive
hindustantimes.com, Saturday October 7, 2006 - 11:20 EDT. The LTTE on Saturday claimed that it had blunted the Sri Lankan offensive in Vaharai on the border between Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts in Eastern Sri Lanka, even as it sought a ceasefire to enable the resumption of peace talks.

S Elilan, the political leader of the LTTE in Trincomalee district, was quoted by the Tamilnet website as saying that a 300-strong body of regular Sri Lankan troops and an 80-strong force of Tamil paramilitaries (LTTE’s term for the breakaway Karuna group) were “boxed” into a 10 square kilometer area and “defeated”.

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SLA preparing for Jaffna offensive, Tigers warn SLMM
TN, October 7, 2006. Heavy deployment of Sri Lankan armed forces is reported in Thenmaradchi and Vadamaradchi East along the Northern Front Saturday, LTTE sources said... Back to the top

Bowlers disappoint Bangladesh captain Bashar after loss to Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat October 7, 2006 14:43 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - MOHALI, India (AP) Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar wants his bowlers to start performing after Sri Lanka - defeated his team by 37 runs in the first qualifying game of the Champions Trophy tournament on Saturday... Back to the top

Over 50 LTTE rebels killed: Lankan officials
indiatimes.com, 7 Oct, 2006. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan security forces claimed to have killed over 50 LTTE rebels as fierce fighting in the island's east continued for the second day on Saturday... Back to the top

Tharanga century helps Sri Lanka post stiff target in Champions Trophy qualifier
Associated Press, Sat October 7, 2006 09:02 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - MOHALI, India (AP) Opening batsman Upul Tharanga crafted an attractive century Saturday as Sri Lanka - posted 302 for eight against Bangladesh in the first limited-overs qualifier for the ICC Champions Trophy tournament... Back to the top

SLT broadband network connects schools in Sri Lanka
digitalmediaasia.com, 06/10/2006 . The Sri Lankan Ministry of Education will launch the School Net online educational system, which is expected to improve efficiency and increase academic achievement within the public schools across the nation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka keeps up attacks against Tamil Tiger rebels
Yahoo News - AFP, Saturday October 7, 2006 - 3:00 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lankan troops kept up attacks against Tamil Tiger rebels, a day after both sides claimed to have inflicted heavy losses and as another peace bid stalled... Back to the top

49 Tamil Tiger rebels killed by breakaway faction, spokesman says
Associated Press, Fri October 6, 2006 12:58 EDT . RUWAN WEERAKOON Associated Press writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Heavy clashes broke out between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in three parts of Sri Lanka's volatile north and east, killing a large number of insurgents and wounding eight soldiers, the military said Friday... Back to the top

Fighting mars Lanka peace moves
BBC News, Saturday October 7, 2006 - 3:00 EDT. Sri Lanka's military and Tamil Tiger rebels have engaged in fresh fighting in the east and north of the island... Back to the top

Sri Lanka pushes rebels back in east, fighting rages
today.reuters.com, Friday October 6, 2006 - 13:00 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's army pushed into Tamil Tiger territory to neutralize artillery and mortar fire in the island's east on Friday, military sources said, as the rebels warned of low expectations at peace talks due later this month... Back to the top

SRI LANKAN-AMERICANS DEMONSTRATE FOR PEACE IN SRI LANKA OPPOSITE THE WHITE HOUSE
SL Embassy, October 5. Sri Lankan Americans in the Greater Washington area on Wednesday (4th October) held a mass demonstration for peace opposite the White House in Washington DC... Back to the top

Heavy clashes in Sri Lanka 's northeast jeopardize new plans for peace talks
Associated Press, Fri October 6, 2006 08:44 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Heavy clashes broke out between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in three parts of Sri Lanka's volatile north and east, killing a large number of insurgents and wounding eight soldiers, the military said Friday... Back to the top

Violence, infrastructure bottlenecks, hurts Sri Lanka s BPO sector
lankabusinessonline.com, Sat, 7 October 2006 8:14:22. October 7, 2006 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s deadly ethnic conflict is possibly the biggest challenge that is holding down the business process outsourcing industry’s growth, as an escalation in violence spooks foreign clients, a new industry study shows... Back to the top

22 LTTE men killed in fierce battle
hindu.com, Friday October 6, 2006 - 09:25 EDT. Colombo, Oct 6. A day after the announcement on dates of fresh talks between the Sri Lanka Government and the LTTE, the Sri Lanka military has claimed that at least 22 cadres of the Tamil Tigers were killed in the east in heavy fighting... Back to the top

Sri Lankans in Washington protest LTTE violence
ITN News, Friday October 6, 2006 - 22:15 EDT. Sri Lankan Americans in the Greater Washington Area organised a mass demonstration for peace opposite the White House... Back to the top

Heavy clashes take place in Sri Lanka 's northeast after agreement to resume peace talks
Associated Press, Fri October 6, 2006 06:17 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Heavy clashes broke out between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in three parts of Sri Lanka - 's volatile north and east, killing a large number of insurgents and wounding eight soldiers, the military said Friday... Back to the top

Monitors condemn Sri Lanka military action
aljazeera.net, Oct 6. Truce monitors in Sri Lanka have condemned a push by the army into territory held by the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fighting rages as rebels play down talks hopes
reuters.com, Oct 6. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military fought mortar and artillery duels with Tamil Tigers in the island's north and east on Friday as the rebels warned of low expectations at peace talks due later this month... Back to the top

Kfir jets raid new LTTE camps in Kadiraweli
mod.gov.lk, Oct 6. SLAF fighter jets pounded a sea tiger base in Kadiraweli to neutralize terrorist movements between Verugal and Mankerni... Back to the top

Soldiers destroy six rebel boats in northern Sri Lanka , military says
Associated Press, Fri October 6, 2006 01:24 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers destroyed six Tamil Tiger rebel boats suspected of transporting fuel off the country's northern coast, the military said on Friday... Back to the top

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