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Sri Lanka 's air force bombs rebel base
Associated Press, Sat August 9, 2008 03:58 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force bombed and destroyed a Tamil Tiger rebel base in the country's embattled north on Saturday, while infantry clashes in the same region killed 31 rebels and four soldiers, the military said.

The military has increasingly used airstrikes to try to weaken the rebels as part of an ongoing campaign to drive the guerrilla's from their de facto state in the north.

In the latest assault, air force fighter jets pounded a Tamil Tiger supply base and an intelligence operation center deep in rebel-held Mullaitivu district early Saturday, said air force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara.

He said the airstrikes were successful and had destroyed the base.

Separately, helicopter gunships overnight hit a radio center operated by the Sea Tigers, the rebels' naval wing, in their stronghold of Kilinochchi, he said.

Meanwhile, ground fighting continued Friday along the front lines in Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Welioya regions, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara.

Heavy fighting took place in Mullaitivu, leaving 20 rebels and three soldiers dead, he said. In Vavuniya, two separate clashes killed five rebels and one soldier, he said.

Separate confrontations in Welioya region killed six rebels, he said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not immediately be reached for comment on the military's casualty figures, which were impossible to verify because reporters are barred from the war zone.

Both sides routinely exaggerate enemy casualties and underreport their own.

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: Sat Aug 9 10:18:19 EDT 2008

Thousands of Families Fleeing Conflict in Sri Lanka, 08 August 2008. The U.N. refugee agency is expressing deep concern over the safety of thousands of families fleeing fierce fighting in the north of Sri Lanka, as the conflict between government forces and the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam reaches new heights. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from UNHCR headquarters in Geneva.The U.N. refugee agency says the situation in Sri Lanka is becoming increasingly dire. The UNHCR is calling on both the government and Tamil Tigers to take immediate steps to ensure the protection of those affected. It says both sides must allow freedom of movement for those seeking safety from the fighting and ensure that the internally displaced are not targeted and not located near areas where there could be fighting. More...
Published: Fri Aug 8 23:44:25 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Dozens dead in fierce fighting in Sri Lanka: military, august 9. COLOMBO (AFP) Some 48 Tamil Tiger rebels andseven soldiers were killed in ground battles across Sri Lanka's war-ravaged northern district, the defence ministry said Saturday. Troops fought fierce battles on Thursday and Friday, with the worst fighting reported in Vavuniya, where 27 rebels and three soldiers were killed, the ministry said. More...
Published: Sat Aug 9 10:19:10 EDT 2008 Back to the top

New fighting kills 21 combatants in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri August 8, 2008 02:52 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fresh fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger separatists across Sri Lanka - 's embattled north killed 17 rebels and four soldiers, the military said Friday... Back to the top

6 suspected LTTE operatives held in Chennai
com, Au. 09, 2008. Chennai: At least six suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) operatives were arrested here on Saturday, the police said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka takes 2-run lead against India
Associated Press, Sat August 9, 2008 10:08 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Kumar Sangakkara's unbeaten century gave Sri Lanka - a two-run first innings lead over India with four wickets left in the third and decisive test Saturday... Back to the top

LTTE links claimed as Sri Lankan scams entire English village, August 7th, 2008 - 4:06 pm ICT by IANS. London, Aug 7 (IANS) An English court has jailed a Sri Lankan man who defrauded an entire village apparently in order to pay back debts to a loan-shark with Tamil Tigers links... Back to the top

Tamil Nadu arrests betray LTTE dependence on India, Aug 08, 2008. NEW DELHI: A sudden spurt in the arrests of Tamil Tigers and their Indian associates in Tamil Nadu indicates the growing dependence of the Sri Lankan group on India to source its war materials, official sources say... Back to the top

Journalists slam President, police
BBC Sinhala, August 08, 2008. Journalist union leaders accused the government of interfering with police investigations over continuous threats to media by Minister Mervyn Silva... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bowls out India for 249
Associated Press, Fri August 8, 2008 08:44 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Spinner Ajantha Mendis impressive start to his test career continued with five wickets Friday as Sri Lanka - bowled out India for 249 in its first innings on day one of the third and series-deciding test... Back to the top

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