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Sri Lankan air force attacks rebel camps
Associated Press, Sun September 7, 2008 04:59 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force launched attacks on two Tamil separatist camps in the embattled north Sunday, and infantry clashes elsewhere in the region killed eight rebels and three soldiers, the military said.

Helicopter gunships attacked a Sea Tigers camp in Kavitaramunai in the rebel stronghold of Pooneryn before dawn, said air force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara. The Sea Tigers are the rebels' naval wing.

Hours later, fighter jets bombed a rebel training camp deep in guerrilla-held territory in Mankulam, Nanayakkara said.

Pilots said both attacks were successful but details of casualties were not immediately available, he said.

Meanwhile, ground battles Saturday along the front lines separating government-controlled areas from rebel-held territory left eight rebels and three soldiers dead, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara.

Clashes in Vavuniya killed five rebels and three soldiers, while fighting in Welioya and Kilinochchi killed three rebels and wounded eight soldiers, he said.

With communication all but cut with the northern areas, rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not be reached for comment.

Fighting has escalated on the Indian Ocean island in recent weeks with the government intensifying its campaign against the rebels' de facto state in the north, promising to crush them by the end of the year.

Independent verification of the fighting and casualties is difficult to obtain because most journalists are banned 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.Discuss this story
Published: Sun Sep 7 06:56:20 EDT 2008

Sri Lanka army hits rebels, but victory won t end war, Sept 7, 2008, 09:00EDT. OLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's advance into Tamil rebels' heartland has unleashed the bloodiest combat in a decade and opened a new phase of the 25-year-old conflict, but conventional military success won't mean an end to war.

Over the past three weeks, the army has thrust into territory held by the separatist guerrillas and are within artillery range of Kilinochchi, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) administrative headquarters and symbolic prize for the government.

The advance has provoked some critics to warn things could turn out like 1999, when the army pushed itself deep into Tiger territory only to be shoved back More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Sep 7 09:09:44 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka fighting at critical stage, Monday, Sep 08, 2008. B. Muralidhar Reddy COLOMBO: The Air Force on Sunday claimed to have bombed several LTTE targets in the north. Further, the military said at least 17 LTTE cadre were killed and five injured in the fighting. There is consensus among military analysts and diplomats here that with the military closing in on LTTE-held areas, the next few weeks would be critical for both sides. The LTTE appears to be cornered and left with no option but to defend itself as the military has captured considerable territory in the north in the recent past. The Defence Ministry is convinced that with the capture of the LTTE’s “strategic bases,” its supply lines have been hard-hit. The military has assessed the LTTE is also faced with a serious shortage of fighters. The Air Force said jets continued “pounding multiple LTTE targets with precision.” Among the raids included an air-strike at a “terrorist gathering position” near Kilinochchi. The strikes were made to support the advancing 58 Division troops. The Air Force claimed it launched precision strikes at an LTTE recruitment training centre in Mullathivu. The LTTE has so far not acknowledged the air-strikes. More...
Published: Sun Sep 7 16:32:34 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Change in strategy to counter LTTE paying dividends: Official, Sept 7, 2008. Colombo, Sept 07: The change in the strategy of the Sri Lankan Army along with accurate Intelligence inputs have led the island nation to advance into the LTTE's stronghold in northern areas, a senior official said here... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says 24 rebels killed in new fighting
Associated Press, Sat September 6, 2008 05:09 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan soldiers captured three Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers and killed 24 guerrillas in fighting across the island's restive north, the military said Saturday... Back to the top

BBC apologise for error
BBC News, Spet 06 2008. The office of the Ministry of Export Development and International Trade say the BBC Sinhala... Back to the top

Sri Lanka steels for bloodier battles as monsoon rains set in, Sep 7, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lankan troops have moved closer to dismantling the Tamil Tigers' de facto state after months of heavy clashes, but the battles ahead could be even bloodier, officials and analysts say... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s chief justice raps noisy monks
afp, sept 5. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice Sarath Silva Friday refused bail for a Buddhist monk and slammed fellow clergymen for not showing respect to the judiciary... Back to the top

Sponsor arrested for maid's alleged murder
Arabnews, sep 6. RIYADH: The Aziziyah District police have arrested the Saudi sponsor and his wife for the alleged murder of a Sri Lankan housemaid... Back to the top

Between IPL and England tour, Lanka cricket crisis deepens
sify, sep 5. Colombo: Sri Lanka cricket’s crisis over the timing of the England tour which clashes with the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) next year deepened on Saturday with the interim administration and several key players in the team refusing to budge an inch from their positions... Back to the top

Most British Newspapers praise the Sri Lankan young man, The only one who could surf standing on his head
onlanka, Sept 06, 2008. A dark skinned 22 year old Sri Lankan young man virtually unknown in his home country, Sri Lanka is hitting headlines in almost every newspaper in England as the one who has achieved no Briton could succeed in doing... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's tour of England still undecided
Associated Press, Fri September 5, 2008 08:03 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's tour of England next year remains in doubt, with administrators yet to negotiate a deal with disgruntled Sri Lanka players for whom the tour will clash with the lucrative Indian Premier League competition... Back to the top

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