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JUNE 27, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 83


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Sri Lanka Captures Rebel Logistics Center in North, Army Says
bloomberg, june 28. June 28 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan forces captured a rebel town in the northeast of the island nation that served as a logistics center for the Sea Tigers, the naval wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the army said.

Troops seized Andankulam and the surrounding territory late yesterday in fighting that left about 11 rebels dead and three soldiers wounded, the army said in a statement on its Web site.

Andankulam fell about six hours after Sri Lankan forces took control of the central Chiraddikulam area and seized an LTTE base after fighting that killed at least 25 rebels, the army said. Troops are clearing the area of booby traps after seizing weapons. The LTTE hasn't commented on the battles.

Sri Lanka's military drove the rebels from Eastern Province in July 2007 after 14 years of fighting and is staging almost daily air and ground assaults on their bases in the Tamil- dominated north. Andankulam was used by the LTTE to distribute weapons to the Viddathalathivu Sea Tiger base, the army said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jun 27 22:12:39 EDT 2008

Sri Lankan battles kill 51 combatants
Associated Press, Fri June 27, 2008 05:56 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A series of battles between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels killed 49 insurgents and two soldiers in northern Sri Lanka - , the military said Friday.

Separately, the air force bombed a rebel training base deep in the rebels' northern territory, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara.

The island nation's civil war has escalated in recent months with near-daily airstrikes, sea and ground battles and frequent bombings. The United Nations estimates that 200 civilians have been killed in targeted bomb attacks so far this year.

The latest infantry clashes broke out Thursday along the front lines in the Vavuniya, Mannar and Welioya regions bordering the rebels' de facto state in the north, Nanayakkara said.

In the worst fighting, army troops killed 30 guerillas in three separate battles in Vavuniya. Separate clashes in nearby Mannar killed 18 rebels, while two soldiers and one rebel were killed in Welioya, he said.

Nine rebels and nine soldiers were wounded in the battles, Nanayakkara said.

Meanwhile, air force fighter jets pounded a rebel specialized training base in the guerrilla-held Mullaitivu district early Friday. Nanayakkara did not provide details of damage or casualties but said the pilots confirmed that the target was hit.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not immediately be reached for comment on the military claims.

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

The government has pledged to capture rebel-held territory and crush the insurgents by the end of the year.

The Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent state for ethnic minority Tamils, who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jun 27 07:07:58 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka reports heavy Tiger casualties, June 27. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan military claimed to have driven off LTTE cadres from Andankulama general area in the Mannar district “with heavy casualties” even as the Air Force announced that it destroyed two more Tiger “facilities” in the north. The Defence Ministry claimed that troops intensified attacks at the remaining LTTE flanks positioned at the Mannar defences. On Sunday, the military said it had captured a strategic point of the LTTE in Mannar. “Troops are making tactical advances in the areas, while consolidating defences as LTTE terrorists were forced to abandon its trench and bunker lines during the military launched multi-pronged offensive,” said the Ministry. More...
Published: Fri Jun 27 22:10:33 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka says no Indian pressure to give up military action, 2008-06-26 20:01:34. COLOMBO, June 26 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government on Thursday refuted claims by the main left party that India had pressurized it to abandon the current military thrust against Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

LTTE rebels sourcing explosives from India
upi, june 27. NEW DELHI, June 26 (UPI) -- Indian intelligence agencies said Sri Lanka's rebels are sourcing raw materials for explosives from two major Indian cities... Back to the top

Sri Lankan community offers helping hand to fire victims
The Peninsula, June 27. DOHA • A Sri Lankan community organisation has come forward to support victims of the devastating fire that claimed the lives of five Sri Lankan workers a week ago... Back to the top

Asia Cup: Defending champion Sri Lanka and India the teams to beat at Asia Cup
Associated Press, Fri June 27, 2008 04:44 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) Defending champion Sri Lanka - and ever-improving India look to be the teams to beat when the Super Four round-robin stage of the Asia Cup begins from Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Says Economic Sanctions No Help In Fighting Terror
LBO, June 27. COLOMBO, June 27 Asia Pulse - Economic pressure on Sri Lanka by the international community at a time when the Tamil Tigers are targeting the economy is not helping in the struggle against terror, a senior diplomat has said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military bombs 2 rebel centers; 28 killed in ground clashes
Associated Press, Thu June 26, 2008 02:43 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force bombed two Tamil Tiger rebel positions in the restive north Thursday, a day after 26 rebels and two soldiers were killed in clashes, the military said... Back to the top

Strategic village captured: Colombo, Thursday, June 26, 2008 : 2115 Hrs. B. Muralidhar Reddy COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan military on Thursday claimed to have captured a “strategically important” village from the LTTE in the Mannar district in the north saying at least 52 LTTE cadre were killed in fighting in the last 48 hours... Back to the top

Sri Lanka beats UAE in Asia Cup
Associated Press, Thu June 26, 2008 13:14 EDT . - - LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Sri Lanka - defeated UAE by 142 runs Thursday in the Group A match of the Asia Cup... Back to the top

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