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Sri Lankan Forces Push Toward Tamil Tiger Headquarters in North
bloomberg, sep 18. Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan security forces backed by jets and helicopter gun ships pressed toward the rebel headquarters in the north, the Defense Ministry said, as the military tries to destroy the last bases of the Tamil Tigers.

Mi-24 helicopters attacked bunkers near Akkarayankulam, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Kilinochchi, late yesterday, Air Force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said. ``Heavy fighting'' throughout the day killed 25 members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and four soldiers.

Sri Lanka's army blocked 15 lorries from delivering humanitarian supplies to internally displaced people in Kilinochchi district yesterday, TamilNet reported. The delay will affect thousands of civilians as intensified fighting forces people from their homes, according to the report.

Troops are driving into Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu, the last districts held by the Tamil Tigers in the northern Wanni region, as President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government moves to end the LTTE's 25-year campaign for a separate Tamil homeland.

Helicopter gun ships targeted LTTE fighters withdrawing northeast of Akkarayankulam, the scene of fighting all week, the Defense Ministry said on its Web site. Air force jets attacked an LTTE artillery post west of Vannarikkulam and another northwest of Akkarayankulam, it said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Sep 17 22:30:14 EDT 2008

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Sri Lanka s push to take rebel HQ  - bbc.co.uk

Sri Lankan Forces Push Toward Tamil Tiger Headquarters in North
Bloomburg.com India, Wed, Sept 17, 2008, 22:41 EDT. By Michael Heath

Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan security forces backed by jets and helicopter gun ships pressed toward the rebel headquarters in the north, the Defense Ministry said, as the military tries to destroy the last bases of the Tamil Tigers.

Mi-24 helicopters attacked bunkers near Akkarayankulam, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Kilinochchi, late yesterday, Air Force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said. ``Heavy fighting'' throughout the day killed 25 members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and four soldiers.

Sri Lanka's army blocked 15 lorries from delivering humanitarian supplies to internally displaced people in Kilinochchi district yesterday, TamilNet reported. The delay will affect thousands of civilians as intensified fighting forces people from their homes, according to the report.

Troops are driving into Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu, the last More...
Published: Wed Sep 17 22:42:33 EDT 2008 Back to the top


‘Give Katchatheevu to India’
Express, sep 18. CHENNAI: At a time when the demand for retrieving Katchatheevu from Sri Lanka is growing high in Tamil Nadu, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) party from the island nation has also extended its support for the cause.

At a media gathering in Chennai on Wednesday, TNA MP Sivajilingam said that the move would be a final solution to save Indian fishermen from being killed by the Sri Lankan Navy.

He said, “We (the Sri Lankan Tamil leaders) have expressed our solidarity to the suffering fishermen from Tamil Nadu. However, we are unable to help them more than this, as far as the Katchatheevu issue is concerned.’’ But, in case India gets back Katchatheevu, the Sri Lankan Tamils will be very happy, he added. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Sep 17 22:36:30 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka jets bombs house visited by top rebel
Associated Press, Wed September 17, 2008 02:54 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force jets bombed a house in the northern jungles believed to be frequented by the leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels on Wednesday, while infantry clashes killed 23 rebels and one soldier, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka jets bomb house to target rebel leader
Associated Press, Wed September 17, 2008 11:31 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force jets bombed a house in the northern jungles believed to be frequented by the leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels, while separate infantry clashes Wednesday killed 40 rebels and four soldiers, the military said... Back to the top

Timely detection averts bus bomb tragedy in Sri Lanka +
Associated Press, Tue September 16, 2008 05:48 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sept. 16 (Kyodo) A passenger bus blew up in a residential area of Colombo on Tuesday within minutes of the conductor evacuating the vehicle after noticing an unattended parcel in the back of his bus, police said. ''Nobody was killed... Back to the top

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