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Sri Lanka military says 40 Tamil rebels, 6 soldiers killed in battles in north
Associated Press, Sun February 10, 2008 01:04 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Clashes between government forces and separatist Tamil rebels left 40 guerrillas and six soldiers dead in Sri Lanka - 's embattled north, the military said Sunday.

Soldiers launched a series of attacks on Tamil Tiger rebels across the front lines in the Vavuniya region Saturday, killing 19 rebels, a defense ministry official said.

Three soldiers also died in the operation and seven others were wounded, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Separate battles in nearby Mannar district killed 11 guerrillas and two soldiers, he said. Fourteen troops were also wounded.

Soldiers also killed seven rebels in Jaffna peninsula Saturday and one soldier died, the official said. Three guerrillas were killed in the northeastern Welioya region.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan did not answer telephone calls seeking comment Sunday.

It was not possible to independently verify the reports because of limited access to the north. Both sides often inflate their opponents' casualty figures and lower their own.

Fighting has escalated in recent months after senior government officials vowed to crush the rebels this year and end more than two decades of civil war. Government forces have opened up four fronts around rebel-held territory, while the air force has targeted the Tiger's leadership.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils after decades of being marginalized by Sinhalese-dominated governments. The fighting has killed more than 70,000 people.

A 2002 cease-fire fostered hopes for a lasting peace, but the truce broke down as new fighting over the past two years killed 5,000 people.

More than 800 people have been killed since the government announced last month it was quitting the cease-fire, according to the military.Discuss this story
Published: Sun Feb 10 01:39:38 EST 2008

Look Beyond the LTTE - Editorial, 11 Feb 2008,. Sri Lanka is at the crossroads. The Mahinda Rajapakse administration has officially called off the ceasefire agreement with the LTTE and seems convinced that a peacefully negotiated settlement to the three-decade-old ethnic strife is impossible. Since the ceasefire was annulled a month ago, over 300 people have been killed in battle and in bomb attacks and blasts.

Colombo has pressed the armed forces to take the battle into the heart of LTTE-controlled territory whereas the Tigers have resorted to targeted attacks in public places and utilities. Despite the concern raised by the international community over the breakdown of negotiations, neither party has relented from its position.

Colombo says that the many rounds of talks, some of them mediated by international organisations, have not produced any substantial results. Tigers use the ceasefire to recuperate and rebuild their arsenal. There is a lot of truth in this claim. However, that is not sufficient reason to pull out of the c More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Feb 10 19:25:16 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka army chief vows to defeat Tiger rebels, Sunday, Feb 10, 2008, 09:28 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka's army chief has renewed a vow to defeat Tamil rebels, but refused to set a deadline for ending the decades-old conflict, saying the separatists remain a potent force, a report said Sunday.

Army general Sarath Fonseka said in an interview with the Lakbima weekly Sinhalese newspaper that a military campaign to capture the rebel-held Wanni region in the north begun in March last year was proceeding according to plan.

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Published: Sun Feb 10 09:29:00 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka in tourism tie-up with Al Jazeera
Gulftimes, feb 11. THE Sri Lankan ministry of tourism has tied up with Al Jazeera Arabic channel to improve the global perception of the country’s internal security and also promote and boost its tourism sector... Back to the top

Dissident Sri Lankan leader dies in accident
ians, feb 9. Sripathi Sooriyaraachchi, a ruling party dissident and a former minister in Sri Lanka, was killed in a road accident Saturday, an army official said... Back to the top

Fifty two killed in violence in Sri Lanka, 9 Feb 2008, . COLOMBO: At least 49 Tamil Tigers and three soldiers were killed in fierce clashes between the rebels and the security forces in the embattled northern Sri Lanka, the military said on Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Has Highest Inflation In South, Southeast Asia
newspostindia, feb 10. The inflation rate in Sri Lanka has been reaching dizzying heights lately... Back to the top

Lanka bars public from school functions
ians, feb 10. Colombo: Sri Lanka has banned the public from school functions in view of the threat to children from terrorists... Back to the top

Sri Lanka troops ring rebel town, FEBRUARY 09, 2008. Sri Lankan government troops have closed in on a rebel-held town, while the death toll from two days of fighting has grown to 44 people, according to the military... Back to the top

Fighting kills 44 in Sri Lanka as soldiers close in on key rebel town, says military
Associated Press, Sat February 9, 2008 01:03 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fighting raged across Sri Lanka - 's embattled north killing 44 combatants as government troops closed in on a strategic rebel-held town, the military said Saturday... Back to the top

Armour plates for passenger buses in Sri Lanka
PTI, feb 9. COLOMBO: Shaken by a spate of claymore mine attacks against passenger buses that killed scores of people during the last two months, Sri Lankan government is planning to provide armour plates for the public vehicles to minimise the damage if they are hit by roadside bombs... Back to the top

Fisherman shot dead
hindu, feb 11. PUDUKOTTAI: A fisherman of Jegadapattinam was shot dead by the Sri Lankan Navy in the sea on Saturday night... Back to the top

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