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Government troops capture rebel base in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed August 13, 2008 08:34 EDT . Colombo (dpa) - Government troops advanced through mine fields and heavy resistance to capture a Tamil rebel complex in northern Sri Lanka, the Defence Ministry said Wednesday.

Troops captured the Kalvilan area, located 370 kilometres north of the capital in the Mullaitivu district after forcing the rebels to flee, the ministry said.

The Mullaitivu district is one of the two last strongholds the rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Initial reports said two rebels and one soldier were killed.

In the past two years, government forces have recaptured Sri Lanka's eastern province and a key north-western district. According to army commander Sarath Fonseka, at least 9,600 rebels and 1,770 soldiers were killed during the period. dpa ad im tlDiscuss this story
Published: Wed Aug 13 11:20:55 EDT 2008


Sri Lanka : Northern fighting kills 19
Associated Press, Wed August 13, 2008 03:13 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scattered battles across northern Sri Lanka - killed 15 Tamil Tiger rebels and four government soldiers, the military said Wednesday.

The fighting erupted Tuesday when army troops attacked rebel fighters across the front lines in the Vavuniya, Jaffna, Mullaitivu and Welioya regions that surround the rebels' de facto state in the north, said Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, the military spokesman.

In the worst fighting, soldiers killed nine rebels in clashes in Vavuniya, while a confrontation in Mullaitivu killed two rebels and one soldier, he said.

Battles in Welioya killed three rebels and a soldier, while two soldiers were killed in a booby trap explosion in Mannar. Fighting on the Jaffna front killed one rebel, while rebel mortar fire wounded three soldiers, said Nanayakkara.

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 most journalists are barred from the war zone.

Fighting has escalated in this island nation in recent months, with government forces stepping up ground assaults and airstrikes on rebel-held territory, pledging to crush the insurgency by the end of this year. The military has captured several key rebel bases in recent weeks.

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: Wed Aug 13 07:15:02 EDT 2008 Back to the top


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 Back to the top


Five killed, 40 injured in bus crash in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed August 13, 2008 06:16 EDT . - - Colombo (dpa) - Five passengers were killed and 40 others injured when two buses collided in the north-central part of Sri Lanka - on Wednesday afternoon, police said... Back to the top

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... 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... Back to the top

Mendis is not unplayable: Yuvraj
CricketNext, Aug 13, 2008. Mumbai: India’s One-Day team vice-captain Yuvraj Singh, who has been vulnerable to quality spin in the past, said Sri Lanka’s new spin sensation Ajantha Mendis is not unplayable and with time the batsmen will master him... Back to the top

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