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NOVEMBER 6, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 214

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Sri Lanka says Tigers gear for battle
dailytimes.com.pk, November 07, 2006. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s military said Monday that Tamil rebels were preparing to launch a major offensive in eastern Sri Lanka as both sides traded heavy artillery fire.

“Ground and intelligence sources have confirmed that the Tigers are preparing to launch a major offensive south of Maavilaru, Kadjuwatte and Mankerni areas,” the defence ministry said in a statement.

The military also said that the artillery salvos by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were aimed at trapping civilians and have prevented food supplies from reaching several rebel-held villages. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Nov 6 20:05:17 EST 2006


Sri Lankan jets pound rebel base; ground troops, rebels exchange artillery fire
Associated Press, Mon November 6, 2006 09:23 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan fighter jets on Monday pounded a Tamil Tiger rebel base in the country's volatile east, the military said, as the army and rebels exchanged artillery and mortar fire on the ground.

Air force planes struck a sea base in the east, said military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe. He did not give details of the damage caused by the air raids or of any casualties.

The rebels made no immediate comment on the air attacks.

Also on Monday, government troops and insurgents exchanged artillery and mortar fire in the east.

``They (rebels) were firing artillery and mortars at our camps in the east over the past few days and we are retaliating,'' said Samarasinghe. But rebel military spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan said the army began firing from its side on Monday morning, targeting eastern villages under rebel control.

``The shelling is continuing and we expect some kind of offensive,'' Ilanthirayan said, adding that the military has closed roads leading to villages in rebel areas, limiting supplies of humanitarian aid.

There were no casualties reported in the exchange. Both sides accused each other of initiating the attack, and it was impossible to independently verify the information.

Samarasinghe claimed last week that the rebels are planning a major offensive in the east.

Monday's air raid was the fourth in as many days after talks broke down a week ago over the reopening of a major highway connecting a Tamil-dominated area in the north with the rest of the country.

Fighting has increased since government and rebel negotiators returned from peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland, on Oct. 28-29 without any agreement, even on when to talk again.

Over the last week, the air force has carried out air raids on three consecutive days on rebel held areas in the northeast.

The negotiations in Geneva were aimed at reviving a 2002 cease-fire accord that had halted 19 years of fighting. The agreement has all but disintegrated in a resurgence of violence that has killed at least 2,000 people this year.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, have been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland for ethnic Tamils in the north and east of Sri Lanka, citing discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. More than 65,000 people were killed before the cease-fire.

Separately, the military said that the Tamil Tiger guerrillas on Sunday attacked a military observation post in the port town of Trincomalee in the country's east, wounding two soldiers.

The military has recently increased the number of observation posts in Trincomalee after Tamil rebels attacked a major Sri Lankan navy base there.

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Published: Mon Nov 6 10:57:54 EST 2006 Back to the top


Kidnappings Again Haunt Sri Lanka Ethnic War
NYT - Registration Required, November 07, 2006. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Like a returning ghost, a rash of mysterious abductions has come to haunt this country once more.

Men and women are being grabbed from their homes, sometimes after dark, sometimes in broad daylight. Ransom is demanded in some cases; in others, political intimidation seems to be the point. A few have been freed, but corpses have also turned up. With rare exceptions, the crimes remain unsolved.

The abductions are a terrifying sideshow in Sri Lanka’s newly revived ethnic conflict, and they contain eerie echoes of the horrors of a generation ago, when this island nation achieved notoriety for tens of thousands of disappearances. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Nov 6 22:18:28 EST 2006 Back to the top


Suspected rebel front may target Sri Lanka hospitals
alertnet.org, Mondat November 06, 2006 - 07:15 EDT. COLOMBO, Nov 6 (Reuters) - A suspected Tamil Tiger front organisation has threatened to attack civilian targets including hospitals and water reservoirs in southern Sri Lanka in retaliation against military strikes on rebel areas... Back to the top

UN adviser visits Sri Lanka to ensure children are better ...
un.org, 6 November 2006. 6 November 2006 – A United Nations Special Adviser on children and armed conflict has begun a 9-day field visit to Sri Lanka aimed at ensuring better protection from the ravages of the civil war in the strife-torn country, where 17 relief workers killed three months ago were today honoured by their relatives... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers say they have released 22 underage recruits
Associated Press, Sun November 5, 2006 01:08 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels, widely accused of forcibly recruiting child soldiers, said they released 22 underage recruits who lied about their age to join the separatist campaign... Back to the top

Sri Lanka plans new probe of abductions; invites international observers
Associated Press, Sun November 5, 2006 04:46 EST . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The Sri Lankan government said Sunday it is launching a new probe into a spate of disappearances that Tamil Tiger rebels and a rights group say were the work of pro-government forces amid a resurgence of fighting in a brutal separatist war... Back to the top

Do not extend military assistance to Sri Lanka, says MDMK
hindu.com, Nov 6. Chennai, Nov 6. (PTI): The MDMK today requested the Centre not to extend any military assistance to Sri Lanka, saying it would be used against Tamils in the island nation and urged that the Government to stop the 'military onslaught' against the Tamils there... Back to the top

Sri Lanka toll nears 3,300 killed in 11 months despite truce
khaleejtimes.com, Sunday November 05, 2006 - 08:10. COLOMBO - Nearly 3,300 people have died in Sri Lanka since fighting between Tamil Tiger rebels and troops flared in December, shattering a 2002 truce, defence ministry figures released Sunday showed... Back to the top

One year on: Sri Lankan ‘civil war’ claims 3,300 lives
dailytimes.com.pk, November 06, 2006. COLOMBO: Nearly 3,300 people have died in Sri Lanka since fighting between Tamil Tiger rebels and troops flared in December, shattering a 2002 truce, defence ministry figures released Sunday showed... Back to the top

Pro-LTTE Tamil party seeks Indian aid
indiatimes.com, Monday November 06, 2006 - 07:15 EDT. NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka's dominant Tamil political party is seeking humanitarian assistance from India in the form of essential food supplies to offset serious shortages in parts of the island's northeast... Back to the top

Anti-LTTE US Lankans in bid to unseat pro-LTTE Congressman
nation.lk, Sunday November 05, 2006 - 08:10. Anti LTTE Sri Lankans in the United States has launched a campaign to unseat pro-LTTE Congressman Danny K... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's cricket legend says removing Australian umpire Hair good for future cricket
Associated Press, Sun November 5, 2006 03:28 EST . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Sunday welcomed the ICC's decision to ban Australia's Darrell Hair from international umpiring, accusing him of anti-Asian bias... Back to the top

Predictions of doom after Sri Lanka talks fail
Yahoo News - AFP, Sunday November 05, 2006 - 01:00. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's military and Tamil Tiger rebels are again accusing each other of gearing up for war after peace talks collapsed in Switzerland, with analysts saying an upsurge in violence is inevitable... Back to the top

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