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Sri Lanka confident it is close to taming the Tigers
ft.com, August 11 2008. Brigadier Udaya Perera, Sri Lankan army director of operations, presents a map of the island nation comparing the military situation two years ago with that of today.

In July 2006, territory occupied by the Tamil Tiger insurgents, shown on the brigadier's map in red, dominated the north and east of the teardrop-shaped island and extended down its coasts, almost enclosing the government-held south.

A second map shows the situation two years on, with the military's gains coloured in blue. Government forces have recaptured most of the coast and the rebels have been driven back deep into their northern heartland.

"Now all those red patches have become blue," Brig Perera told a media briefing on the sidelines of a South Asian leaders summit last week.

Sri Lanka's government says it is closer to victory than at any time in the past decade in its 25-year civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the separatist group fighting for an ethnic Tamil homeland in the island's north and east. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Aug 10 23:22:29 EDT 2008


Sri Lanka : Heavy fighting kills 55 combatants
Associated Press, Sun August 10, 2008 10:27 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers launched a pre-dawn attack on Tamil separatists in the embattled north Sunday, killing 15 rebels, while other battles in the region left 39 rebels and one soldier dead, the military said.

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

Army troops pushed into rebel territory across a defense line in the village of Kilali on the Jaffna peninsula early Sunday and attacked rebel bunkers, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara.

He said soldiers killed 15 guerrillas before retreating to their bunkers, without suffering casualties.

A separate clash in the Welioya region hours later killed 15 guerrillas and wounded two soldiers, Nanayakkara said.

On Saturday, fighting left 25 dead on the front lines in the Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Jaffna and Welioya regions bordering the rebels' de facto state, Nanayakkara said.

Scattered battles in Vavuniya killed 16 rebels and one soldier, while three rebels died in Mullaitivu. Separate clashes killed five insurgents in Welioya and Jaffna, he said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan was not available for comment Sunday. Both sides routinely exaggerate enemy casualties and underreport their own. Independent verification of the fighting is not possible because journalists are barred from the war zone.

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.Discuss this story
Published: Sun Aug 10 12:26:24 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Assassinating Rajiv Gandhi was a big blunder by a short-sighted LTTE
livemint.com, Aug 10 2008. 11:45 PM IST. Colombo: The newly elected chief minister of Sri Lanka’s eastern provincial council was a child soldier in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), only 15 years old, when former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in May 1991. In his first interview with an Indian newspaper, S. Santira Kanthan, alias Pillayan, calls the assassination a big mistake on the part of LTTE. Edited excerpts: More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Aug 10 23:25:50 EDT 2008 Back to the top

India makes a quiet return to Sri Lanka, backs a moderate Tamil ...
livemint.com, Aug 10 2008. Colombo: India has quietly returned to the Sri Lanka amphitheatre, a far cry from its military intervention 21 years ago, preferring instead to work behind the scenes as it projects a breakaway faction of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a moderate Tamil alternative in the island nation... Back to the top

India in trouble against Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun August 10, 2008 08:55 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - shattered India's top-order Sunday to position itself for a series-winning victory in the third test... Back to the top

Sri Lanka soldiers attack rebels, 40 killed
Associated Press, Sun August 10, 2008 02:22 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers launched a pre-dawn attack on Tamil separatists in the embattled north Sunday, killing 15 rebels, while other battles in the region left 24 rebels and one soldier dead, said the military... Back to the top

Sri Lanka makes new push into Tiger territory: military
google.com, August 10, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lankan troops launched a fresh advance into territory held by Tamil rebels Sunday, killing 15 guerrillas, while another 27 combatants were killed in other clashes, the defence ministry said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Dozens dead in fierce fighting in Sri Lanka: military
google.com, 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... 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

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