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JULY 20, 2008 EST, USA
 
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17 killed in latest Sri Lanka fighting
Associated Press, Sun July 20, 2008 02:00 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fighting between government troops and separatist Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka - 's embattled northern region has killed 16 rebels and a soldier, the military said Sunday.

The latest infantry clashes erupted Saturday along the front lines in the Vavuniya, Mannar and Welioya regions bordering the rebels' de facto northern state, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara.

Fighting in Vavuniya killed 11 rebels and wounded two soldiers, while five rebels were killed and four soldiers were wounded in nearby Mannar district, he said.

Separately, a soldier was killed by a sniper's bullet in Mannar, he 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.

Violence on this Indian Ocean island has escalated in recent months, with the military stepping up ground assaults and air strikes on rebels as the government pledged to capture rebel-held territory and crush the insurgents.

The 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: Sun Jul 20 03:00:27 EDT 2008


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 Back to the top


Sri Lanka : Soldiers capture Tamil rebel base, air force destroys 6 guerrilla boats
Associated Press, Sun July 20, 2008 09:27 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan government forces captured a Tamil Tiger rebel base on the northwest coast Sunday after a 48-hour battle that left at least 15 rebels dead, while air force jets destroyed six rebel boats, the military said.

Clashes elsewhere in the region killed 16 rebels and one soldier, the military said.

The civil war on the Indian Ocean island has escalated in recent months, with the military stepping up ground assaults and air strikes after the government pledged to capture rebel-held territory and crush the insurgents.

In the latest attack, army troops seized a rebel base in the village of Illupakadavai in Mannar district early Sunday, said Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, the military spokesman.

He said soldiers killed 15 rebels during a 48-hour battle to capture the base and one soldier was wounded by a rebel mortar attack.

Air force fighter jets destroyed six rebel vessels fleeing from the fallen base, Nanayakkara said. The air attack also damaged two other boats, he said.

He said details of casualties were not available.

Separate gunbattles elsewhere in the region Saturday left 16 rebels and a soldier dead, Nanayakkara said.

Soldiers killed 11 rebels in Vavuniya while five rebels died in the nearby Mannar district, he said.

Separately, a soldier was killed by a sniper's bullet in Mannar, he 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 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: Sun Jul 20 11:23:39 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Gambhir hits unbeaten 60 as Indians draw warmup match against Sri Lanka Board XI
Associated Press, Sun July 20, 2008 09:49 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Opener Gautam Gambhir scored an unbeaten 60 runs Sunday as a touring Indian side drew their three-day warmup match against a Sri Lanka - Board XI... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military: Soldiers capture Tamil rebel base, fighting kills 32
Associated Press, Sun July 20, 2008 05:17 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan government forces captured a Tamil Tiger rebel base in the north Sunday after a 48-hour battle that left at least 15 rebels dead, the military said... 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... 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

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

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