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Sri Lanka's war planes bomb Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Tue August 12, 2008 09:55 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's air force launched airstrikes on Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers in the embattled north Tuesday, while renewed fighting in the region killed 26 rebels and six government soldiers, the military said.

The air attack was part of the government's offensive to crush the Tamil Tigers and seize their de facto state in the north.

The government has stepped up fighting around the rebel-held territory in recent months in an effort to deliver on its promise to crush the group by the end of this year.

In the latest assault, air force fighter jets hit rebel bunkers in the Kilinochchi district in support of troops fighting in the area, said air force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara.

He said details of casualties and damage were not available immediately.

Meanwhile, infantry clashes continued Monday along the front lines in the Vavuniya, Kilinochchi and Welioya regions, said Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, the military spokesman.

In the worst clash, soldiers attacked rebels in Kilinochchi with artillery and small arms, triggering a battle that killed nine guerrillas and three soldiers, he said.

Scattered battles in nearby Vavuniya killed 10 rebels, while fighting in Welioya killed seven rebels and three soldiers, Nanayakkara said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan was not available for comment. 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 Tamil Tigers 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: Tue Aug 12 10:49:02 EDT 2008


India warns Sri Lanka it might not win war with rebels: report
afp, august 12. SINGAPORE (AFP) - India has warned neighbouring Sri Lanka that it may not be able to win an ongoing war against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels despite recent military gains, a report said Tuesday. Indian National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan told the Straits Times newspaper that Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had been weakened but retained the ability to stage terror strikes. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Aug 12 10:52:04 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka : New battles kill 26 rebels, 6 soldiers
Associated Press, Tue August 12, 2008 02:36 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) New fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels across Sri Lanka - 's embattled north killed 26 rebels and six soldiers, the military said Tuesday.

The fighting took place Monday along the front lines in the Vavuniya, Kilinochchi and Welioya regions, said Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, the military spokesman.

In the worst clash, soldiers attacked rebels in Kilinochchi with artillery and small arms, triggering a battle that killed nine guerrillas and three soldiers, he said.

Scattered battles in nearby Vavuniya killed 10 rebels, while fighting in Welioya killed seven rebels and three soldiers, Nanayakkara said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan was not available for comment. 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.

Fighting has escalated on the Indian Ocean island in recent months, with the military stepping up ground assaults and airstrikes on the rebels' de facto state in the north.

The Tamil Tigers 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: Tue Aug 12 05:43:34 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka says kills 115 Tiger rebels in fresh fighting
reuters.com, Aug 11, 2008 . COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops killed 115 Tamil Tiger rebels in weekend fighting in the far north of the island, the military said on Monday, as government forces continued their push into the rebels' northern stronghold... Back to the top

‘Majority in TN supports LTTE’
thestatesman.net, august 12. Chennai, Aug. 11: Majority of the people in Tamil Nadu are supporting the LTTE, despite accepting that the organisation was behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, according to a survey conducted by a leading Tamil weekly here. The shocking results of the survey published in this week's Ananda Vikadan, which tops the circulation among weeklies in Tamil Nadu said that 54.25 per cent of the respondents said that they have always supported the Tigers and their goal of a separate Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka beats India to win series 2-1
Associated Press, Mon August 11, 2008 07:06 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - beat India by eight wickets Monday in the third cricket test to win the three-test series 2-1... Back to the top

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