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Sri Lankan official: Soldiers capture strategic territory after clash that killed 14
Associated Press, Fri February 8, 2008 08:38 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops closed in on a key rebel-held town Friday after capturing a strategic stretch of land in a clash that killed 12 separatist insurgents and two soldiers, the military said.

Soldiers took control of a 1-kilometer-wide (0.6-mile-wide) strip of land after a fierce clash and were now just a short distance from the town of Adampan currently held by the Tamil Tiger rebels said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara.

Capturing Adampan would be a crucial step in the military's campaign to dismantle the rebels' de facto administration in the country's north.

Nanayakkara said 12 guerrillas and two soldiers were killed in the battle. Tamil Tiger spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not be contacted for comment.

On Thursday, government troops attacked rebel bunkers along the northern front lines, triggering gunbattles that killed 34 rebels and one soldier, the military said.

The soldiers destroyed three of the rebel bunkers and killed 20 guerrillas in the attack in the Vavuniya region, just south of the rebels' de facto state, a Defense Ministry official said.

The fighting left six soldiers wounded, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

Also Thursday, soldiers fired artillery rounds that destroyed a Tamil Tiger boat and killed four rebels at sea off the northern Jaffna peninsula, the official said. Separate clashes in the area left two other rebels dead.

On the same day, soldiers fought separate gunbattles with rebels in the northeast, leaving four insurgents and one soldier dead, the official said. Other fighting nearby killed four more rebels, he said.

It was not possible to independently verify the reports because of limited access to the northern jungles where the fighting took place. Both sides often inflate their opponents' casualty figures and lower their own.

Violence has spiked in this Indian Ocean island in the past two years as a 2002 cease-fire broke down. Government troops last year drove the guerrillas from their eastern strongholds and in recent months fighting has raged around the rebels' de facto state in the north.

More than 800 people have been killed since the government announced last month that it was quitting the cease-fire, according to the military.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for an independent state in the north and east for the country's ethnic Tamil minority after decades of being marginalized by Sinhalese-dominated governments. The fighting has killed more than 70,000 people.Discuss this story
Published: Fri Feb 8 11:19:14 EST 2008


Sri Lanka : 34 Tamil rebels, 1 soldier killed in fighting in north
Associated Press, Fri February 8, 2008 05:10 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government troops attacked separatist Tamil bunkers along the front lines in Sri Lanka - 's embattled north, triggering gunbattles that killed 34 rebels and one soldier, the military said Friday.

The soldiers destroyed three rebel bunkers in Thursday's push in the Vavuniya region, just south of the rebels' de facto state in the north, killing 20 guerrillas, a Defense Ministry official said.

The fighting left six soldiers wounded, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

Also Thursday, soldiers fired artillery rounds to destroy a rebel boat in the sea off the northern Jaffna peninsula, killing four rebels, he said. Separate clashes in the area left two other rebels dead.

In the northeastern Welioya region, soldiers fought separate gunbattles with rebels, leaving four insurgents and one soldier dead, the official said. In nearby Mannar district, four rebels were killed.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan did not answer a telephone call seeking comment.

It was not possible to independently verify the reports because access is limited to the northern jungles where the fighting took place. Both sides often inflate casualty figures for their opponents while lowering their own.

Violence has spiked in this Indian Ocean island in the past two years as a 2002 cease-fire broke down. Government troops last year drove the guerrillas from their eastern strongholds and in recent months, fighting has raged around the rebels' de facto state in the north.

More than 800 people have been killed since the government announced last month that it was quitting the cease-fire, according to the military.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for an independent state in the north and east for the country's ethnic Tamil minority after decades of being marginalized by Sinhalese-dominated governments. The fighting has killed more than 70,000 people.
Published: Fri Feb 8 06:20:45 EST 2008 Back to the top


Forces closing in on LTTE in Wanni, says Colombo
hindu, feb 8. COLOMBO: At least 40 cadres of the LTTE and eight soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) were killed in continued battles between the forces and the Tigers along the Forward Defence Lines (FDLs) in the north, the military said on Thursday.

A statement by the Defence Ministry claimed that security forces in an “offensive operation to liberate Wanni” are advancing further towards the LTTE stronghold, inflicting heavy casualties. It said 29 LTTE cadres were killed while another 14 were wounded during the clashes at Vavuniya, Mannar and Weli-Oya defences on Wednesday.

The ministry said troops ambushed an LTTE convoy at Periyantrichurchchan and interception of LTTE communication revealed that four LTTE cadres were killed in the attack. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Feb 7 20:42:05 EST 2008 Back to the top


49 killed in fresh fightings in Sri Lanka
hindu.com, February 8. Colombo (PTI): At least 46 LTTE militants and three Sri Lankan soldiers were killed in fierce clashes in the island nation's embattled north as the security forces captured a strategic one sq km area in the north-western Mannar, the Army said on Friday... Back to the top

Clarke, Bracken lead Australia to easy win over Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri February 8, 2008 05:54 EST . - - SYDNEY, Australia (AP) Michael Clarke top-scored with an unbeaten 77 and Nathan Bracken took five wickets as Australia beat Sri Lanka - by 128 runs Friday in a tri-series limited-overs match at the Sydney Cricket Ground... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Says Rebels Start `Mental War on Civilians (Update1)
bloomberg.com, 8 jan. Feb. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is unleashing a ``mental war'' on civilians through bomb attacks to mask its defeats in the north, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake said. The LTTE has killed 73 civilians in the past month while 68 soldiers died in operations in the north, the last area held by the Tamil Tigers, Wickramanayake told Parliament... Back to the top

Soldiers destroy 6 rebel bunkers in Sri Lanka , killing 5 guerrillas, military says
Associated Press, Thu February 7, 2008 11:10 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops destroyed six Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers Thursday during clashes that killed five guerrillas and one soldier, the military said... Back to the top

Britain seeks 'political process' to end Sri Lanka bloodshed
afp, feb 8. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's former colonial ruler Britain has called for a "political process" to end Sri Lanka's spiralling violence and condemned the latest wave of bombings against civilians... Back to the top

India urged to end military support to Sri Lanka
newkerala, feb 8. New Delhi, Feb 7 : Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony was Thursday urged by a group of Indian Tamils to end military support to Sri Lanka, saying it was worsening the situation in the island... Back to the top

RIGHTS-SRI LANKA: Civilian Lives Going Cheap
ips, feb 8. COLOMBO, Feb 7 (IPS) - This week, as Sri Lanka celebrated the 60th anniversary of its independence from British colonial rule, over 60 civilians were reported killed in the raging ethnic conflict on the island... Back to the top

British tourists warned of bomb risks in Sri Lanka
timesonline.co.uk, February 7. The government has warned Britons that the risk of travel in Sri Lanka is increasing following the latest bomb attack in the capital, Colombo... Back to the top

Not much to celebrate
economist, feb 8. WHEN it gained independence from the British, Sri Lanka was an island of peace in a subcontinent bloodied by religious strife... Back to the top

Changing equations -Opinion
Pioneer, feb 8. The recent trading of accusations between the DMK and the Congress on certain issues is perhaps the prelude to a regrouping of parties in Tamil Nadu before the next general election... Back to the top

Arjuna & Aravinda forge new stand in Lanka
cricket, feb 8. Colombo: Two of Sri Lanka's foremost cricketers, Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva, have joined up to lead the island's cricket administration, sports minister Gamini Lokuge told AFP... Back to the top

Soldiers destroy six rebel bunkers in Sri Lanka , killing 5 guerrillas, military says
Associated Press, Wed February 6, 2008 23:58 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops destroyed six Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers Thursday during clashes that killed five guerrillas and one soldier, the military said... Back to the top

Forces closing in on LTTE in Wanni, says Colombo
The Hindu, Thu, Feb 7, 2008, 15:21EDT. B. Muralidhar Reddy

COLOMBO: At least 40 cadres of the LTTE and eight soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) were killed in continued battles between the forces and the Tigers along the Forward Defence Lines (FDLs) in the north, the military said on Thursday... Back to the top


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