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JUNE 28, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 84


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47 Tamil Tigers among 51 killed in Lanka: Army, June 28. Colombo, June 28 (PTI) Fierce gun battles in the embattled northern Sri Lanka killed at least 47 Tamil Tigers and four soldiers as security forces captured several areas in Mannar, the army said here today. In a breakthrough, the Lankan army captured the village of Parappakandanthan in north-western Mannar today, the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said. "The village of Parrappakandanthan situated north of Giants Tank is a developed area consisting of many buildings and a large LTTE training complex, including a firing range," the MCNS said, adding it is also the the hideout of the rebel leader "Bhanu" and a LTTE cemetery. The security forces also made inroads into the Andankulam area in Mannar, it said. More...
Published: Sat Jun 28 15:55:31 EDT 2008

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 Back to the top

Sri Lankan military: Soldiers capture Tamil rebel-held village, fighting kills 43
Associated Press, Sat June 28, 2008 06:00 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government troops captured a Tamil Tiger rebel-held village in war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka - on Saturday while infantry clashes across the region killed 40 rebels and three soldiers, the military said.

Fighting has escalated in the Indian Ocean island in recent months as government forces try to fulfill a pledge to crush the insurgents by the end of the year.

In the latest fighting, army troops took control of Parappakadattan village in Mannar district on Saturday, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara.

He said guerrillas had almost vacated the area when army troops advanced into the village, where rebels had maintained a training base and office complex.

On Friday, troops captured Andankulam town in Mannar after a battle that killed 28 rebels and one soldier, the military said. On Thursday, troops seized a key supply base in Vavuniya district that had been used to replenish the Tamil Tigers' front-line troops, it said.

Nanayakkara said the capture of those rebel-held areas was strategically important for government troops to gain control of the rebels' northern strongholds.

Other battles Friday killed 12 rebels and one soldier in the Welioya region, while in the northern Jaffna peninsula, a soldier died in a roadside bomb blast blamed on the rebels, Nanayakkara said.

The military says fighting over the past week has killed 220 rebels and 22 soldiers. Analysts accuse both sides of exaggerating their enemy's losses and underreporting their own casualties.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan was not immediately available 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.

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.
Published: Sat Jun 28 06:46:20 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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