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JUNE 8, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 64


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40 LTTE cadres killed: Sri Lanka, Jun 09, 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s military on Sunday claimed at least 40 LTTE cadres were killed in fighting along the Forward Defence Lines (FDLs) in the past 48 hours amid raids conducted by the Air Force SLAF on an “LTTE gathering point.”

A Defence Ministry statement said military formations broke into “LTTE defences in multi-pronged offensives” in Mannar, Vavuniya and Welioya. It claimed at least 27 cadres were killed and 20 others wounded. The ministry said one soldier died and 21 were injured.

The Air Force on Saturday claimed to have bombed “an LTTE leaders gathering place” located in the Puthukkudiyiruppu area. Air Force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said the location targeted was an identified “command centre” of the LTTE, located northeast of Puthukkudiyiruppu. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 8 19:47:09 EDT 2008

Weapons not enough to fight militancy in Sri Lanka, says President
Hindu, Jun 09, 2008. Colombo (PTI): Acknowledging the contribution of Sri Lanka's armed forces in fighting "international terrorism", President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said giving democratic rights to the Tamils in LTTE strongholds was vital for ending militancy in the region.

"Our War Heroes are fighting with sacrifice of their lives to mark a full stop in Sri Lanka to international terrorism," Rajapaksa said, adding it was not possible to win a war with weapons alone.

For this it is necessary for the soldier who goes into battle to have trust and confidence in his leadership, he said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 8 19:48:07 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lankan military: Gunbattles kill 17 Tamil rebels in north of country
Associated Press, Sun June 8, 2008 08:47 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government forces and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels fought a series of gunbattles that killed 17 rebels in Sri Lanka - 's volatile north, the military said Sunday.

In the latest fighting, army troops launched an attack on insurgents along the front lines in the northern area of Welioya on Sunday morning and killed three guerillas, a defense ministry official said. There were no casualties among the government soldiers, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to government regulations.

Separate clashes Saturday in Vavuniya district killed eight rebels and wounded five soldiers, the defense ministry said in a statement.

Other battles Saturday in Jaffna and Welioya killed six rebels and wounded 10 soldiers, the statement said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not immediately be reached for comment.

It was not possible to independently verify the military's claims because journalists are banned from the northern jungles where much of the fighting takes place. Each side commonly exaggerates its enemy's casualties while playing down its own.

Fighting has escalated in recent months along the war's front lines, with the government pledging to capture rebel-held territory and to crush the insurgents by the end of the year. Diplomats and other observers say the army has faced more resistance than expected.

The Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent state for the island's minority ethnic Tamils, who have suffered marginalization by successive governments controlled by majority ethnic Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
Published: Sun Jun 8 10:26:18 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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