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MAY 15, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 40


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“LTTE continues to use TN as a supply base”, Friday, May 16, 2008. NEW DELHI: The Centre has extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as an unlawful association by two years. The notification to this effect was issued on Wednesday, according to a Home Ministry release here.

The LTTE, an association based in Sri Lanka, has sympathisers, supporters and agents on Indian soil. The group’s objective for a separate homeland for all Tamils threatens the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India, the notification said.

It said the LTTE continues to be an “extremely potent, most lethal and well organised terrorist force in Sri Lanka and has strong connections in Tamil Nadu and certain other pockets of southern India.”

The LTTE also continues to use Tamil Nadu as the base for carrying out smuggling of essential items like petrol and diesel besides drugs to Sri Lanka.

The notification said the LTTE will continue to remain a “strong terrorist movement and stimulate the secessionist sentiment to enhance the support base of the LTTE in Tamil Nadu as long as Sri Lanka continues to remain in a state of ethnic strife, torn by the demand for Tamil Eelam which finds strong echo in Tamil Nadu due to the linguistic, cultural, ethnic and historical affinity between the Sri Lankan Tamils and the Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka.”

The LTTE, led by V. Prabhakaran, has been proscribed as a terrorist organisation by several countries including the U.S. It was also involved in the assassination of the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, in May 1991. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 15 21:00:17 EDT 2008

Mastermind behind attack on naval ship killed?
Special Correspondent, May 15. It is reported that a senior leader of the LTTE’s was killed in what is believed to be an SLAF strike in northern Sri Lanka. Lt. Col. Gadaffi, an experienced sea-tiger leader, who planned and executed LTTE’s attack last week on a navy supply vessel anchored in Trincomale was believed to have been caught up in this air raid. Gadaffi was in charge of training suicide cadres of the sea tigers and was a close confidante of LTTE leader, Pirabakaran. At the funeral ceremony held in Mullaitivu, sea tiger leader Soosai is reported to have stated that Gadaffi was one of the most experienced sea tiger officers and was entrusted with operating boats and logistics for LTTE leader Piarabakaran’s travels.

LTTE is reported to have lost another senior leader in an SLAF strike on a training camp in Kilinochchi district. Lt. Col. Vaikunthan, who at one point led the LTTE’s artillery division, was killed in an SLAF strike three days ago. The funeral services were held in Mulliyawalli on Tuesday where several senior LTTE leaders spoke.

Although LTTE did not reveal how Vaikunthan and Gadaffi were killed, funeral services for them were held in Mullaitivu on consecutive days. Tamil residents in the area say although several LTTE cadres were killed in the recent weeks, LTTE publicly acknowledges only the deaths of their most senior cadres.Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 15 11:34:08 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka The war dividend, May 15th 2008 . WADING into Trincomalee harbour early on May 10th, a line of poor fishermen received election-day gifts from both sides of Sri Lanka's nasty, 25-year-old civil war. From the government, dominated by the Sinhalese majority, the gift was of a day's work. The government of President Mahinda Rajapakse had lifted a two-year ban on entering the harbour, an important naval base, just before the poll. From the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who claim northern and eastern Sri Lanka, of which Trincomalee is the capital, there was a stench of diesel. This was all that remained of a naval transport vessel, the Invincible, which had been blasted and scuttled hours earlier by a “Black Tiger” suicide-diver.

Much was riding on the provincial poll. Last year, the government drove the Tigers from Sri Lanka's eastern province, which they had more or less held for over a decade. Defying international condemnation of its brutal methods, and a 2002 ceasefire that was officially scrapped in January, Mr Rajapakse's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) promised to bring development and devolution to the “liberated” places. This week's election was the first test of its vow. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 15 21:01:18 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Government Must Balance Carrots and Sticks to End Conflict, 15 May 2008. NEW YORK -- Sri Lanka, celebrating its 60th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule this year, is using a carrot-and-stick strategy in the war that has enveloped the island nation for some 25 years and brought it to the brink of economic disaster... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says fresh battles across contested north kills 21 rebels, 4 soldiers
Associated Press, Thu May 15, 2008 02:52 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government forces and Tamil separatists fought separate battles across Sri Lanka - 's northern region that killed 21 rebels and four soldiers, the military said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says jets bomb Tamil Tiger training base, 13 rebels killed in fighting
Associated Press, Wed May 14, 2008 10:17 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force jets pounded a Tamil Tiger rebel training base deep in the jungles of northern Sri Lanka - , and troops killed 13 guerrillas in other fighting, the military said Wednesday... Back to the top

India extends ban on LTTE by two years, May 15th, 2008 . New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) The union government Thursday extended by two years the ban on the Sri Lankan terrorist outfit, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), as an unlawful association... Back to the top

368 LTTE militants, 41 soldiers killed in clashes in May: Army
Press Trust of India, May 14, 2008. T V Sriram

Colombo, May 14 (PTI) Fierce clashes between the LTTE militants and the Sri Lankan security forces have killed 368 Tamil tiger rebels and 41 army personnel this month, the army said here today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Blames Rebels for Killing of Tamil Minister s Adviser, 14 may. May 14 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan authorities blamed gunmen from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for killing an adviser to Douglas Devananda, a Tamil minister in the government... Back to the top

Sri Lanka govt needs to act quickly to consolidate east: analysts, May 14, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — The Sri Lankan government may be celebrating a key election victory in the ethnically-mixed east but it is still a long way from winning over the island's Tamil minority, analysts and observers say... Back to the top

LTTE left talks offering lame excuses : Rajapaksa, 14 may. London, May 14 (PTI) Sri Lanka has accused Liberation of Tamil Tigers Eelam (LTTE) of not reciprocating to its efforts for a dialogue while seeking global support in defeating the rebel force... Back to the top

Patil expresses concern over LTTE’s ‘air capability’
The Hindu, May 14, 2008. NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has expressed concern over the reported air capability of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that could be a threat to the vital installations in South India... Back to the top

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