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AUGUST 1, 2008 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 9, NO. 118

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Sri Lanka says Tamil Tigers have links to al-Qaida
Associated Press, Fri August 1, 2008 12:34 EDT . - - The comprehensive briefing on ''countering terrorism in Sri Lanka'' was arranged for local and foreign reporters on the eve of a summit of eight South Asian nations, which is expected to be dominated by the member countries' concerns over the growing wave of terrorism in the region.

Rambukwella described the LTTE as ''one of the most ruthless terrorist organizations'' and called for cooperation among the regional countries in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation to fight the group.

''The whole SAARC region is impacted by terrorism. Some positive steps would be taken by the 15th SARRC summit,'' he said.

SAARC comprises Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Afghanistan. Several of its members, particularly Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, are suffering from international and regional terrorist organizations.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai will be attending the summit for the first time since his country became a member of the SAARC.

Earlier, an admiral of the Sri Lankan navy revealed that in recent months, the navy had sunk three ships in the Indian Ocean which were reported to be carrying arms and ammunition for terrorist purposes.

''The possibility of the LTTE supplying weapons to other terrorist groups in the region cannot be ruled out,'' he remarked.

Later, he told Kyodo News that the Sri Lankan government believed that the LTTE was in touch with al-Qaida and other terrorist groups in the region.

In this connection, he also referred to people from other nations in the region arrested during operations against the Tamil Tigers but declined to go into details for security reasons.
Published: Fri Aug 1 15:49:48 EDT 2008


Sri Lankan Forces Kill Female Tamil Tiger Commander, Army Says
bloomberg.com, Aug 1, 2008. (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan forces killed a female regional leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels and three of her bodyguards during clashes in the north, the army said, as South Asian leaders prepare to meet in the capital, Colombo.

Kumaveri Thangeamma, head of the women's wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the northern region of Mullaithivu, was killed during two hours of fighting yesterday, the Media Center for National Security said on its Web site.

The LTTE, which is designated a terrorist organization by India, the U.S. and the European Union, didn't immediately comment on the clashes on its Web site.

The Tamil Tigers declared a 10-day cease-fire to cover the annual meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, known as Saarc, which culminates in a two-day summit starting tomorrow. The group includes India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives.

Sri Lanka's military has targeted Tamil Tiger leaders since destroying the group's bases in the east last year in the worst defeat for the rebels in their fight for a separate homeland. It has killed the LTTE's political chief, its military intelligence leader and the head of the naval unit, known as the Sea Tigers.

The rebels say the air force bombs civilian areas and that land and air attacks in the north amount to genocide.

Suicide Bombers
The group was the first to use female suicide bombers and develop explosive belts and vests, the U.S. Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism said in a 2006 report.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government pledged to defeat the LTTE in the northern Wanni region this year and end the 25- year civil war that has killed more than 70,000 people. More...
Published: Fri Aug 1 15:56:45 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Military: Sri Lanka fighting kills 22
Associated Press, Fri August 1, 2008 02:12 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan military says new fighting in the northern war zone has killed 21 rebel fighters and one soldier.

The military said in a statement Friday that the battles erupted the day before. Troops in the Mannar area destroyed a rebel stronghold and killed seven guerrilla fighters after one fierce clash. Another 14 rebels and a soldier were killed in fighting in Vavuniya and Welioya.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan was not immediately available for comment.

The violence comes ahead of a meeting of South Asian leaders in Colombo. The Tamil Tiger rebels offered a cease-fire for the event, but the government rejected it as a ploy by the rebels to gain time to regroup after several recent battlefield losses.

Published: Fri Aug 1 08:00:37 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka 215-5 against India
Associated Press, Fri August 1, 2008 09:33 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Offspinner Harbhajan Singh claimed four quick Sri Lanka wickets in the final session Friday as India took back the upper hand after two days of a fluctuating second test... Back to the top

South Asian nations vow to jointly fight terrorism
Associated Press, Thu July 31, 2008 12:44 EDT . ASHOK SHARMA - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Eight South Asian countries, most of which are facing violent insurgencies, agreed Thursday to pool efforts to fight terrorism, a Sri Lankan government minister said... Back to the top

Terror on agenda, PM leaves for SAARC
IE, August 1. NEW DELHI, JULY 31: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Colombo to attend the 15th SAARC summit on Friday amidst the upsurge of violence in Sri Lanka in the recent months... Back to the top

Arrested LTTE operative wanted in various cases
hindu.com, August 1. Chennai (PTI): The arrest of the chief of LTTE procurement module is being regarded by the Tamil Nadu police as a breakthrough of sorts as he was wanted in various cases of smuggling arms and other materials to Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fighting kills 25 as summit nears
Associated Press, Thu July 31, 2008 03:07 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - g COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan army launched a wave of attacks against Tamil Tiger separatists in the north, sparking battles that killed 24 rebels and one soldier, the military said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fighting kills 30 as summit nears
Associated Press, Thu July 31, 2008 11:03 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan army launched a wave of attacks against Tamil separatists in the north, sparking battles that killed 29 rebels and one soldier, the military said Thursday... Back to the top

Philippine group announces 2008 Magsaysay awardees
Associated Press, Thu July 31, 2008 05:55 EDT . OLIVER TEVES - Associated Press Writer - Ananda Galappatti, a 33-year-old British-trained psychologist from Sri Lanka - , will receive the award for emergent leadership for his ``spirited personal commitment'' to provide effective services to victims of trauma from war and disasters such as the 2004 Asian tsunami... Back to the top

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