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JULY 7, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 93


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Sri Lanka warns of rebel attacks in Colombo, jul 7. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka beefed up security on Monday and warned of possible rebel attacks around the capital Colombo as the island's Tamil Tiger rebels marked the 21st anniversary of their first rebel suicide attack.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the weekend commemorated the 356 men and women who have blown themselves up suicide attacks since the first such attack on 5th July 1987, when the suicide bomber or Black Tiger drove an explosive-laden truck into a Sri Lankan Army garrison in northern Jaffna. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jul 7 14:07:36 EDT 2008

National Post - Editorial.
National Post, July 8. It’s the sort of sight that too often makes Canadian politicians go weak in the spine: ethnic voters rallying for a parochial, unsavoury cause.

Over the weekend, thousands of Tamil Canadians gathered in a Toronto park to denounce Ottawa’s decision to outlaw the World Tamil Movement (WTM), which the RCMP believes is nothing but a fundraising front for the Tamil Tigers, a Sri Lankan-based terrorist group that has been outlawed in Canada since 2006.

Even by the standards of terrorist insurgencies, the Tigers are a brutal organization — a creepy cult-like outfit that habitually engages in massacres of civilians, and abducts children to fight on the front lines of its 25-year-old campaign against Sri Lanka’s government. Its leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, can fairly be described as the Hassan Nasrallah of South Asia.

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Published: Mon Jul 7 22:26:56 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says new fighting kills 20 Tamil rebels, 2 soldiers in volatile north
Associated Press, Mon July 7, 2008 02:47 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A series of battles between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels across Sri Lanka - 's embattled northern region killed 20 rebels and two soldiers, the military said Monday.

Fighting has escalated on the Indian Ocean island in recent months, with the military stepping up ground assaults and airstrikes on rebel-held territory in the north.

The latest battles erupted Sunday in the Vavuniya, Mannar, Welioya and Jaffna areas bordering the rebels' de facto state in the north, said Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, the military spokesman.

In the worst fighting, army troops killed seven rebels along the front lines in Vavuniya, he said.

In the nearby Mannar district, separate clashes killed four rebels and one soldier, while fighting in Jaffna killed five rebels and one soldier, he said.

Battles in Welioya killed four rebels and wounded two soldiers, Nanayakkara said.

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

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 rebels have been fighting 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.

The government earlier promised that its soldiers would dismantle the rebels' 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 guerrillas.Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jul 7 06:43:05 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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... Back to the top

The Ajantha puzzle
DNA, july 8. Sunday seemed one of those days when the so-called great Indian batting was as dazed and confused, against the young spinner Ajantha Mendis, as one would be against any of the world’s top bowlers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka signs oil exploration deal with Cairn India+
Associated Press, Mon July 7, 2008 09:56 EDT . - - COLOMBO, July 7 (Kyodo) The Sri Lanka - government on Monday signed an agreement with Cairn India, an oil explorer and producer in India, to prospect for oil and natural gas off the country's northwestern coast... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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