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AUGUST 6, 2008 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 9, NO. 123

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Sri Lanka : air force destroys rebel boats
Associated Press, Wed August 6, 2008 08:21 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan forces attacked a Tamil Tiger rebel defense line at seven locations Wednesday in the island's north, killing five insurgents hours before air force jets bombed a rebel sea base destroying two boats, the military said.

Twenty-five guerrillas were also wounded in the pre-dawn attack on the defense line in Muhamalai village of northern Jaffna peninsula, the military said in a statement.

Later, the air force bombed a Sea Tiger base in the rebel stronghold of Mullaitivu district, the statement said.

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

Both sides often exaggerate casualties inflicted upon the enemy while underreporting their own losses.

On Tuesday, 26 rebels and two soldiers died in fighting in northern Mullaitivu district. Two rebels and a soldier were also killed in Vavuniya district, the military statement said.

On the same day, the rebels set off a roadside bomb targeting soldiers on a tractor in eastern Batticaloa district, killing one soldier and wounding three others, the statement said.

The rebels have been fighting for an independent state in the north and east since 1983, following decades of marginalization of ethnic Tamils by governments dominated by the Sinhalese majority. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
Published: Wed Aug 6 09:54:14 EDT 2008


Sri Lanka troops kill 42 rebels in northern battles
reuters.com, Aug 6, 2008 . COLOMBO, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops killed 42 Tamil Tiger guerrillas in two days of fighting in the north of the island, the military said on Wednesday, pressing on with an offensive against rebel strongholds. Government jets also bombed a Sea Tiger base in the northern rebel held district of Mullaitivu, destroying two boats. There was no comment from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam fighting for an independent homeland for minority Tamils. Independent confirmation of battlefield casualties is not possible, and analysts say both sides tend to exaggerate enemy losses while playing down their own. More...
Published: Wed Aug 6 09:54:55 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka : 28 rebels, 4 soldiers killed
Associated Press, Wed August 6, 2008 03:42 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Infantry combat and a roadside bomb blast in Sri Lanka - 's restive north and east killed 28 Tamil Tiger rebels and four government soldiers, the military said Wednesday.

Twenty-six rebels and two soldiers died in the heaviest fighting Tuesday in northern Mullaitivu district. Two rebels and a soldier were also killed in Vavuniya district, the military said in a statement.

The rebels set off a roadside bomb targeting soldiers on a tractor in eastern Batticaloa district, killing one soldier and wounding three others, the statement said.

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

Both sides often exaggerate casualties inflicted upon the enemy while underreporting their own losses.

The rebels have been fighting for an independent state in the north and east since 1983, following decades of marginalization of ethnic Tamils by governments dominated by the Sinhalese majority. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
Published: Wed Aug 6 07:05:38 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Two more LTTE operatives held in Chennai
thaindian.com, August 06, 2008. Chennai, Aug 6 (IANS) Two more cadres of Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were arrested early Wednesday here and sent to judicial custody, the police said... Back to the top

28 killed in new Sri Lanka fighting
Associated Press, Tue August 5, 2008 03:05 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Battles raged in war-torn northern Sri Lanka - leaving 27 rebels and one soldier dead after a unilateral cease-fire called by the Tamil Tigers ended, said the military Tuesday... Back to the top

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