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JULY 6, 2008 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 9, NO. 92

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Sri Lanka says air force bombs rebel position; new northern battles kill 20
Associated Press, Sun July 6, 2008 09:00 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan fighter jets bombed a Tamil Tiger rebel position in their northern stronghold Sunday, a day after 19 rebels and a soldier were killed in a new round of ground fighting, the military said.

A defense ministry statement said the target was a rebel gathering point in northern Kilinochchi district. It did not give details of casualties or damage caused by the raid.

Battles broke out Saturday on the northern front lines in the Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar and Welioya regions as soldiers tried to push into the rebel stronghold, a military official said. The operation was part of the government's intensified campaign to recapture territory long held by the rebels.

The worst clashes were reported in several villages in Vavuniya district where 12 rebels were killed, the official said on condition of anonymity, in line with government rules.

Three rebels were killed in Mannar and four rebels and a soldier were killed in Welioya, the official said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not immediately be reached for comment and it was not possible to verify the military's claims because reporters are barred from the war zone.

Each side is known to exaggerate casualties inflicted on the other, while underreporting their own losses.

The government earlier promised that its soldiers would capture rebel territory and dismantle their de facto state in the north by the end of 2008. However, the country's army commander told reporters last week it could take another year to defeat the guerrillas.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for the country's ethnic minority Tamils, who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have died in the conflict.Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jul 6 11:51:02 EDT 2008


Mendis, Jayasuriya shine as Sri Lanka retains Asia Cup
afp, july 7. KARACHI (AFP) - Sensational spinner Ajantha Mendis took six wickets for just nine runs to help Sri Lanka beat India by 100 runs in the final here on Sunday to successfully defend the Asia Cup title. As expected the 23-year-old spinner mesmerised the Indian batsmen with career-best figures to cause a slump which saw India lose nine wickets for 97 runs and were bowled out for 173 in 39.3 overs. Sanath Jayasuriya hit a fighting 125 to help Sri Lanka post a decent 273 in their 50 overs on a flat National Stadium pitch. More...
Published: Sun Jul 6 22:51:17 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka says 19 Tamil rebels, 1 soldier killed in new northern battles
Associated Press, Sun July 6, 2008 00:05 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Nineteen Tamil Tiger rebels and a Sri Lankan soldier were killed in a new round of fighting in the island's restive north, the military said Sunday.

Battles broke out Saturday on the northern front lines of the Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar and Welioya regions as soldiers tried to push into the rebel stronghold, a military official said.

The worst clashes were reported in several villages of Vavuniya district where 12 rebels were killed, the official said on condition of anonymity, in line with government rules.

Three rebels were killed in Mannar and four rebels and a soldier were killed in Welioya, the official said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not be immediately reached for comment and it was not possible to verify the military's claims because reporters are barred from the war zone.

Each side is known to exaggerate casualties inflicted upon the other, while underreporting their own losses.

The government earlier promised its soldiers would capture rebel territory and dismantle their de facto state by the end of 2008. However, the country's army commander told reporters last week it could take another year to defeat the guerillas.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for the country's ethnic minority Tamils who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by majority ethnic Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have died in the conflict.Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jul 6 04:02:10 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Mendis destroys India with 6-13 as Sri Lanka retains Asia Cup title by 100 runs
Associated Press, Sun July 6, 2008 13:35 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) Sri Lanka - beat India by 100 runs to successfully defend its Asia Cup title Sunday with young spinner Ajantha Mendis taking a record 6-13... Back to the top

Prabhakaran leads LTTE in paying homage to its suicide bombers
Hindu, july 8. Colombo (PTI): Elusive LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran led the Tamil rebels in paying homage to 365 members of its suicide squad killed since the Tigers first unleashed the deadly terror tactic 21 years ago... Back to the top

Sri Lanka activists organising media boycott of SAsia summit: report
afp, July 7. COLOMBO (AFP) Media activists in Sri Lanka are organising a boycott of the upcoming South Asian summit in Colombo in protest at escalating attacks against journalists, a report said Sunday... Back to the top

India aim to dethrone Sri Lanka in Asia Cup final
ani, july 7. Karachi, July 6 : Defending champions Sri Lanka and a rampaging India will clash in the Asia Cup final on Sunday, with both sides promising to provide spectators with an explosive encounter on a batting paradise at the National Stadium here... Back to the top

Lankan troops capture major LTTE base, 48 rebels killed
ptinews.com, July 5. Colombo, July 5 (PTI) At least 48 Tamil Tiger rebels and a soldier were killed in a series of gunbattles in Sri Lanka's strife-torn north with the army today claiming to have a captured a major LTTE base after three days of fierce fighting... Back to the top

Renegade leader: Sri Lanka's rebels weakened
xinhuanet.com, 2008-07-05 15:48:16. COLOMBO, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have been weakened by a series of military operations by government troops against them in the island's battle zones, a renegade Tamil Tiger leader said Saturday... Back to the top

Sangakkara says Asia transformed into powerhouse of cricket
Associated Press, Sat July 5, 2008 09:16 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - The International Cricket Council awarded Sri Lanka - test status in 1981... Back to the top

Asia Cup: Sri Lanka looks to Mendis in final against India
Associated Press, Sat July 5, 2008 02:35 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) Unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis might hold the key Sri Lanka as its attempts to defend its Asia Cup title against India on Sunday... Back to the top

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