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JULY 19, 2008 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 9, NO. 105

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Sri Lanka : 19 rebels killed in fighting
Associated Press, Sat July 19, 2008 04:07 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan government forces killed 19 Tamil Tiger rebels in fresh fighting along the front lines of the island nation's civil war, the military said Saturday.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said Friday's worst fighting took place in northern Vavuniya district, where nine rebels were killed.

Seven insurgents were killed along the Welioya front, while three more were killed in Jaffna, he said.

No government soldiers were killed in the fighting but a few were wounded, Nanayakkara said.

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

Tamil Tiger rebels have been fighting since 1983 to create an independent homeland for the country's ethnic minority Tamils, who have faced marginalization by successive governments controlled by majority ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jul 19 13:48:06 EDT 2008


Sri Lanka protesters stop trains to halt evictions
Associated Press, Fri July 18, 2008 13:43 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Angry protesters halted trains and clashed with policemen in Sri Lanka's capital Friday as authorities began demolishing their homes, saying they were unauthorized constructions that encroached on government lands. Sri Lanka is fighting a 25-year civil war against Tamil Tiger rebels who want to carve out an independent state for ethnic minority Tamils in the island's north and east.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.
Published: Fri Jul 18 17:30:42 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka army chief says conflict at tail-end: report
google.com, july 20. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lanka's army chief said Saturday his forces had wiped out two-thirds of the Tamil Tigers' military capability, and that the decades-old conflict with the rebels was at its tail-end.

Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) would gradually start collapsing, the state-run Daily News paper said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jul 19 13:47:48 EDT 2008 Back to the top


DMK protests 'killing of fisherman by Lankan navy'
pti, july 19. Chennai (PTI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Saturday led protests by his ruling DMK against alleged attacks by Sri Lankan navy on the state's fishermen while asking the Centre to "retrieve" Katchatheevu island ceded to Colombo in 1974... Back to the top

Dammika Prasad takes three wickets to restrict touring Indians to 196-8
Associated Press, Sat July 19, 2008 10:48 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Dammika Prasad took three wickets to help Sri Lanka - Board XI restrict a visiting Indian side to 196-8 Saturday in its first innings... Back to the top

Military: Fighting in Sri Lanka kills 25
Associated Press, Fri July 18, 2008 04:03 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A wave of battles along the front lines of the civil war in northern Sri Lanka killed 20 ethnic Tamil rebels and five soldiers, the military said Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's military says 19 Tamil Tiger rebels killed in northern clashes
Associated Press, Sat July 19, 2008 03:37 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan government forces killed 19 Tamil Tiger rebels in fresh fighting along the front lines of the island nation's civil war, the military said Saturday... Back to the top

Media group says Sri Lanka journalists harassed
google.com, 2008-07-18. COLOMBO (AFP) Journalists covering Sri Lanka's war with Tamil Tiger rebels are being harassed despite a government pledge to take action to protect the press, a rights group said Friday... Back to the top

Colombo closes in on victory in Sri Lanka's long civil war
canada.com, Published: Friday, July 18, 2008. Jonathan Manthorpe, Vancouver Sun The offensive launched two years ago by Sri Lankan government forces against Tamil Tiger rebels took on new momentum in the past few days with the capture of a key rebel naval base... Back to the top

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