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Pakistan's ammo for Sri Lanka's big push
NewIndPress, August 18. COLOMBO: Pakistan has sent to Sri Lanka a large quantity of ammunition from its ordnance factories and reserves to finish off the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the final phase of Eelam War IV, according to the independent Colombo-based weekly newspaper, The Sunday Leader.

Pakistan has promised one ship-load of wherewithal every ten days in the coming months, the paper said in its edition dated August 17.

It is generally believed that the Sri Lankan armed forces are in the final stages of their campaign in the Wanni, and that the LTTE, as a conventional fighting force, will cease to exist by the end of this year.

But for the tough fighting ahead, the army needs ammo in large quantities. Sri Lanka manufactures no arms, though it has been fighting a modern war since 1983-84. The main suppliers have been China, Pakistan, and the East European countries. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Aug 17 21:26:06 EDT 2008


Military: Fighting in northern Sri Lanka kills 25
Associated Press, Sat August 16, 2008 10:47 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force jets pounded Tamil Tiger fortifications in northern Sri Lanka - on Saturday, destroying a rebel bunker line as fighting intensified in the country's civil war, the military said.

Heavy battles Friday and Saturday across the front lines surrounding the dwindling area controlled by the rebels killed 23 guerrilla fighters and two soldiers, the military said.

In recent weeks, troops have broken through the rebels' defenses and seized a series of key towns and bases. Government officials have reiterated their pledge to route the Tamil Tigers by the end of the year and end the nation's 25-year-old civil war.

Raging battles in the Kilinochchi region killed nine rebel fighters, the military said. Fighting in Vavuniya, Welioya, Mullaittivu and Jaffna killed another 14, the military said.

As the troops advanced on the rebels' main power base in Kilinochchi on Saturday morning, air force jets supported them by striking and destroying a line of rebel bunkers east of the town of Nachchikuda, said air force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara.

The rebels also struck, exploding a bomb Saturday morning near a bus filled with soldiers in Vavuniya district as they prepared to go on leave, the military said. Two soldiers were killed in the attack, it said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan did not answer calls 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.

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.

The government has vowed to crush the group by the end of the year and win the war that has already killed more than 70,000 people.

International aid groups have said the recent fighting forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee their homes and warned that their basic needs and safety needed to be heeded.

Ministers and other top government officials met Friday to discuss plans to provide the displaced with food and shelter, the state-owned Daily News reported Saturday.
Published: Sat Aug 16 14:09:19 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Military: Fighting in northern Sri Lanka kills 22
Associated Press, Sat August 16, 2008 02:44 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force jets pounded Tamil Tiger fortifications in northern Sri Lanka - on Saturday, destroying a rebel bunker line as fighting intensified in the country's civil war, the military said.

Heavy battles Friday across the front lines surrounding the dwindling area controlled by the rebels killed 22 guerrilla fighters, the military said in a statement Saturday.

In recent weeks, troops have broken through the rebels' defenses and seized a series of key towns and bases. Government officials have reiterated their pledge to route the Tamil Tigers by the end of the year and end the nation's 25-year-old civil war.

Raging battles in the Kilinochchi region killed nine rebel fighters, the military said. Fighting in Vavuniya, Welioya, Mullaittivu and Jaffna killed another 13, the military said.

As the troops advanced on the rebels' main power base in Kilinochchi on Saturday morning, air force jets supported them by striking and destroying a line of rebel bunkers east of the town of Nachchikuda, said air force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan did not answer calls 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.

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.

The government has vowed to crush the group by the end of the year and win the war that has already killed more than 70,000 people.

International aid groups have said the recent fighting forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee their homes and warned that their basic needs and safety needed to be heeded.

Ministers and other top government officials met Friday to discuss plans to provide the displaced with food and shelter, the state-owned Daily News reported Saturday.
Published: Sat Aug 16 03:27:17 EDT 2008 Back to the top


S Lankan army 'takes rebel base'
BBC News, Sunday, 17 August 2008. Sri Lanka's military say they have captured a training complex of the Tamil Tiger rebel group, complete with 100 underground bunkers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka may be close to peace
thestatesman.net, Aug 16, 2008. Ravi Velloor Sri Lankans have just completed another month of introspection, as they have every July for so long now... Back to the top

rock kingdom: sri lanka’s rock monuments are a bedrock of culture
Al bawaba, Aug 16, 2008. rock kingdom: sri lanka’s rock monuments are a bedrock of culture Posted: 16-08-2008 , 18:50 GMT Few places on earth match Sri Lanka for the pervasive sense of an ancient culture... Back to the top

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