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DECEMBER 31, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 269

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Tamil rebel mortars kill soldier, wound 3 in Sri Lanka , military says
Associated Press, Sun December 31, 2006 03:04 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels fired mortars at a military camp in eastern Sri Lanka - , killing a soldier and wounding three others, the Defense Ministry said Sunday. Sri Lanka - 's nearly two-decade-long civil war halted in 2002 when Norway brokered a cease-fire, but the truce has recently come under serious threat due to near-daily violence.

More than 3,500 combatants and civilians have been killed in fighting this year, according to the Defense Ministry.

The Tamil Tiger rebels are fighting to create a separate homeland for Sri Lanka - 's 3.1 million ethnic Tamils, who have faced decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. Before the cease-fire, the civil war killed 65,000 people and displaced 1.6 million others.
Published: Sun Dec 31 04:35:15 EST 2006


Sri Lanka warplanes, renegades attack Tigers, 30 die
reuters.co.uk, 30 dec. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's air force bombed Tamil Tigers in a key area in the island's east on Saturday, the military said, hours after a renegade group announced it overran rebel camps and killed at least 30 militants.

The military, stepping up an offensive in the east, said a Tiger artillery gun position was destroyed in the air strike in Vakarai, one of the last major rebel strongholds on the coast.

Another strike was successfully carried out on a Sea Tiger base in the nearby Pudukudiyirippu area, the military said in a statement.

Fighting between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which wants a separate homeland for Tamils in the north and east, has intensified in recent weeks. A 2002 truce is now in tatters and thousands have died in violence this year. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Dec 30 06:42:15 EST 2006 Back to the top

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LTTE attacks police commandos
zeenews.com, 31 Dec 2006 - 10:30 EDT. Colombo, Dec 31: Tamil Tiger guerrillas attacked police commandos in eastern Sri Lanka but caused no casualties, a military official said on Sunday. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fired artillery and mortar fire at the Special Task Force at Kaluwanchikudy in Batticaloa district at around 8.00 p.m. Saturday. The STF suffered no casualties but retaliated. The official said government troops recovered a claymore More...
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Lankan MPs not for India s solution
chennaionline.com, Dec 31, 2006 . Chennai, Dec 30: There could be no solution to the Sri Lankan problem as long as India continued to stress on the island nation's unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity, Tamil Nationalist Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan said today... Back to the top

New Zealand wins by one wicket on last ball
Associated Press, Sun December 31, 2006 01:20 EST . - - QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand (AP) Michael Mason hit four from the last ball to give New Zealand a one-wicket win over Sri Lanka - in the second limited-overs cricket international Sunday, tying the five-match series 1-1... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger breakaway faction attacks LTTE camp
taipeitimes.com, 31 Dec 2006 - 01:25 EDT. A breakaway faction of Tamil rebels said that their fighters had successfully led an attack against three mainstream Tamil Tiger training camps in eastern Sri Lanka early yesterday, killing dozens of guerrillas... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to purchase defence equipment from Pakistan
hindu.com, 30 Dec 2006 - 12:20 EDT. New Delhi, Dec. 31 (PTI): In order to equip itself to fight the LTTE, Sri Lanka has placed orders worth up to USD 100 million from Pakistan for tanks, their ammunition, different kinds of bombs and explosives, fuses, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and armoured vehicles, reports said.

Premier journal Jane's Defence Weekly and media reports have have confirmed that the arms deal size could go up to USD 200 million in the next 18 months... Back to the top


Military says Tamil rebel mortars kill 1 soldier, wound 3 in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun December 31, 2006 00:05 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels fired mortars at a military camp in eastern Sri Lanka - , killing one soldier and wounding three others, the Defense Ministry said Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka under pressure to retain Moody
cricinfo.com, December 30, 2006. Pressure is building on the Sri Lankan board (SLC) to retain Tom Moody, the hottest property on the international cricket coaching circuit... Back to the top

Egyptian sailors held in Sri Lanka return home
people.com.cn, December 30, 2006. Nine Egyptian sailors, who had fallen into the hands of Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels, returned to Cairo on Friday, the official news agency MENA reported... Back to the top

It s time for India to act on Sri Lanka, says Tamil party
malaysiasun.com, Saturday 30th December, 2006 . Sri Lanka's main Tamil political party, which is aligned with the Tamil Tigers, is asking India to take the initiative to resurrect the island's battered peace process, saying the world is bound to back such a move... Back to the top

Fate of cargo in LTTE hijacked ship unknown
nation.lk, 30 Dec 2006 - 12:20 EDT. The LTTE-hijacked Jordanian ship was still lying off the coast of Mullaitivu while the Navy and the LTTE trade charges on the fate of the 14,000 ton cargo of rice on the holds of the ship... Back to the top

Lanka's chilling 2006 timeline
hindustantimes.com, 30 Dec 2006 - 07:50 EDT. Sri Lanka's timeline for 2006 is a chilling one dominated as it is by assassinations, attempted assassinations, terrorist massacres, abduction of the young and the old, aerial bombings, artillery duels and massive displacements of innocent civilians... Back to the top

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