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Military: Sri Lanka fighting kills 21
Associated Press, Mon September 15, 2008 06:33 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A series of battles between the Sri Lankan military and the Tamil Tigers along the front lines of their civil war killed 20 rebel fighters and one government soldier, the military said Monday.

The violence occurred amid a resurgent government offensive that has captured large sections of the rebels' de facto state in the north in recent weeks.

In the heaviest fighting Sunday, troops along the Welioya front killed eight rebels in scattered battles, while one soldier was killed by a bomb blast, the military said in a statement.

A further 12 rebels were killed in fighting in the Vavuniya, Kilinochchi and Jaffna regions, the military said.

With most of the lines of communication to the north cut, it was not possible to reach rebel officials for comments. It is difficult to verify reports released by either side because journalists are banned from the war zone.

Analysts accuse both sides of exaggerating enemy casualties and underreporting their own.

The Tamil Tiger rebels have fought for an independent state in the north and east of the Indian ocean island 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.
Published: Mon Sep 15 07:26:21 EDT 2008

Colombo asked to ensure safety of Tamil civilians, Mondya, Sept 15, 2008, 06:45 EDT. NEW DELHI: India has asked Colombo to ensure the safety and security of Tamil civilians caught in the conflict between the Sri Lankan Army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militants, Defence Minister A. K. Antony said here on Monday.

“We have already expressed our concern to the Lankan authorities. While taking action against the LTTE, steps should also be taken to protect the Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka and ensure their safety and security,” Mr. Antony told journalists after a seminar by a defence think tank, the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies.

Following the abrogation of the 2002 ceasefire, the Sri Lankan Army has taken the offensive into LTTE-controlled areas. More...
Published: Mon Sep 15 18:44:02 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Living in fear
BBC Sinhala News, Monday, September 15, 2008 - 08:35 EDT. Civilians living in Sri Lanka's rebel-held territory say they are under increasing pressure by both parties as fighting intensifies. Residents in Kilinochchi told BBC Sandeshaya that the Tamil Tigers are increasing pressure on families with two children to hand over one child to the movement to fight against the government forces. "The Tigers come and take the children by force. Forcible recruitment of children has been worsened since about a year ago. It wasn't that bad until recently," the resident said. The LTTE are desperately More...
Published: Mon Sep 15 08:36:55 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Protestors stop UN leaving north Sri Lanka
ABC, sep 15. The United Nations in Sri Lanka says hundreds of protesters are continuing to block UN offices inside rebel-held territory in the north, preventing them from leaving the area... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military: Fighting kills 21 Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Sun September 14, 2008 02:52 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fighting between government forces and separatist Tamil Tigers across Sri Lanka - 's embattled northern region killed 21 rebels, the military said Sunday... Back to the top

Heavy fighting in Sri Lanka as troops move in on Tiger capital, Monday, Sept 15, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — Fresh fighting broke out across Sri Lanka's tense north, leaving 20 Tamil Tiger rebels and one soldier dead, the defence ministry said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka condemns bomb attacks in New Delhi
Associated Press, Sun September 14, 2008 05:34 EDT . ``Sri Lanka - unequivocally condemns such barbaric acts of terrorism, which can never be justified under any circumstance for whatever reason,'' the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said in a statement... Back to the top

UN says unable to leave Sri Lanka s war-torn north, Sept., 14, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — The United Nations said Sunday its aid staff were unable to comply with a Sri Lankan government order to quit the war-torn north of the island because of protests by local civilians... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Says It Can Aid Refugees After UN Withdraws (Update1), Sept 14, 2008. Sept. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka said it's ready to assist displaced Tamils in the country's north, where the army has intensified attacks on rebel bases, after ordering the United Nations last week to withdraw aid workers in the region.

A ``well-organized government mechanism'' operates in the region and humanitarian activities won't be hindered, Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said in a statement on the Ministry of Defense Web site... Back to the top

Sri Lanka pushes back on rebel forces, Sept 14, 2008. (09-14) 04:00 PDT Colombo, Sri Lanka -- For the first time in more than a decade, government forces are making inroads into rebel strongholds and are within striking distance of their capital, according to military officials who insist an end to Asia's longest civil war is near... Back to the top

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