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Al-Qaida learnt from LTTE: Sri Lanka, Tuesday, September 23, 2008, (London). The latest devastating suicide bombing in Pakistan shows that Al-Qaida has learnt bomb making from the Liberation of Tamil Tigers Eelam (LTTE), says a visiting Sri Lankan minister.

"The Pakistani bomb is very similar in style to Colombo's Central Bank truck bomb (of 1996)," said Foreign Employment Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, who is also Sri Lanka's military spokesperson.

Rambukwella told a press conference on Monday that the massive bomb that killed 53 people at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad on Saturday showed Al-Qaida learnt the technology from the LTTE. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Sep 23 14:54:24 EDT 2008

Inside Sri Lanka: Worship in war
National Post, Sep 24. MAHDU, Sri Lanka -- The one-lane road through the thick Mannar jungle passes a "Dangerous Area Do Not Enter" sign and the remains of a Tamil Tigers camp with twisted metal and collapsed trenches. Beyond that, an improbable sight appears in a clearing: a large Catholic Church with bright stained glass windows, marble floors, Roman columns, arches and a rooftop cross that rises above the palm tree jungle.

Madhu Church is the site of Sri Lanka's holiest Catholic shrine, and it lies right in the heart of the country's northern war zone - so close to the shifting front lines it has changed hands several times. The war has been hard on the church. The roof and walls are patched where they were blasted by artillery shells, and the statue of Jesus with outstretched arms is cracked, having smashed on the floor during fighting. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Sep 23 22:32:52 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Inside Sri Lanka: Part 3 of our invesigative series, Monday, September 22, 2008. Hundreds of thousands have fled Sri Lanka's civil war, many of them to Canada. While the war zone has been off limits to journalists, the National Post's Stewart Bell recently toured the front lines just as the conflict appears headed for a decisive showdown. This is the third of a six-part series.

TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka -- Supreme Commander Pillaiyan has spent most of his life wearing the jungle camouflage uniform of the Tamil Tigers.

He joined the guerrillas at age 16, angry at the hardships faced by Sri Lanka's Tamil minority and the rough way they were treated by the country's armed forces.

But four years ago, disillusioned with the Tamil Tigers' More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Sep 22 23:43:09 EDT 2008 Back to the top

37,037 Tamil citizens registered, says Sri Lanka
The Hindu, Monday, Sept 22, 2008. COLOMBO: The number of people who have migrated from Sri Lanka’s five warn-torn districts to Colombo and its suburbs, which constitute the Western Province, since 2003 stands at 37,037, said the police on Monday... Back to the top

Rebels make rare attack in Sri Lanka s south, 2008-09-24 01:23 AM . Sri Lankan troops fought Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday in rare clash in a national park in the nation's south, far from the northern battlefront where at least 28 were killed in a raging offensive, the military said... Back to the top

Aid monies used for arms in Sri Lanka: Former Tiger, Sept 22, 2008. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - A former commander of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers has admitted the guerrillas used money meant for humanitarian aid to buy weapons... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says fighting kills 25 rebels
Associated Press, Tue September 23, 2008 03:51 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scattered battles across the northern front lines of Sri Lanka - 's civil war killed 25 ethnic Tamil rebels, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

Pain of Sri Lanka aid pullout, Tue, Sept. 23, 2008. Fears of a humanitarian crisis are mounting in northern Sri Lanka as troops press ahead with an offensive to capture territory from Tamil rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says fighting kills 65
Associated Press, Mon September 22, 2008 02:39 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan forces pushed deep into the northern heartland of ethnic Tamil rebels, killing 56 of them in ferocious fighting that also killed seven soldiers, while police killed two rebels in the east, the military said Monday... Back to the top

Inside Sri Lanka: There is no freedom in Jaffna, September 22, 2008. Hundreds of thousands have fled Sri Lanka's civil war, many of them to Canada... Back to the top

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