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Sri Lanka military says northern fighting kills 25
Associated Press, Thu September 25, 2008 03:54 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A wave of heavy fighting along the northern front lines of Sri Lanka - 's civil war killed 24 rebels and one government soldier, the military said Thursday.

As the battles raged Wednesday, air force helicopters attacked a rebel radar position near the turbulent Jaffna peninsula, the military said in a statement.

The new fighting was part of a resurgent government offensive that has captured large swaths of territory from the rebels in recent weeks amid a government pledge to crush the Tamil Tigers and end the 25-year-old civil war this year.

Speaking to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, President Mahinda Rajapaksa ruled out talks with the Tamil Tigers unless the rebel group commits to disarm, a demand the group has repeatedly rejected.

He also accused the rebels of holding the Tamil community in the north hostage and promised a major development push in the impoverished area after the fighting ends.

``The government's objective is to enable the people to enjoy the benefits of the democratic processes and to speed the development activities in those areas where there is a heavy presence of terrorists,'' he said.

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 conflict has killed more than 70,000 people.

The fighting continued Wednesday with battles in the Vavuniya region killing seven rebels, the military said in a statement. Fighting in the Kilinochchi and Welioya regions killed another nine rebels, while a soldier died in a bomb blast in the Jaffna peninsula. Other violence in Jaffna killed eight rebels, the military said.

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

Independent verification of the fighting and casualties was not possible because most journalists are banned from the war zone. Both sides have been accused of exaggerating enemy casualties and underreporting their own.Discuss this story
Published: Thu Sep 25 06:43:04 EDT 2008

Prabhakaran a 'caged animal' now: Lankan army chief
Press Trust of India, Thursday, Sept 25, 2008. Colombo, Sept 25 (PTI) The Sri Lankan forces have reached the outskirts of Kilinochchi town, a stronghold of Tamil rebels, and the LTTE supremo is now a "caged animal", the army chief said here today even as fierce clashes left 38 dead.

"Our forces are around four to five kilometres from Kilinochchi town. In fact we can see some of the buildings," Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka said.

He asserted that the leader of the LTTE, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was "now a caged animal".

Stating that the operations were reaching a decisive phase, Fonseka told a book release function here that the military campaign won't stop "until we liberate our motherland from the LTTE".

While refusing to give a time period for capture of the LTTE More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Sep 25 13:24:27 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Lanka destroys Tigers’ radars, 23:57 IST(25/9/2008). Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times

The Sri Lankan air force (SLAF) claimed on Thursday to have destroyed radar operated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the north of the country.

The claim by the SLAF also confirmed, for the first time, that the Tamil Tigers besides operating light-wing aircraft also had radars in its non-lethal armoury.

In another development, SLAF chief Air Marshall Roshan Goonetileke told the local media that the LTTE supreme V Prabhakaran had been forced to confine his movement within a much reduced territory. He said Prabhakaran was confined to a territory, which was under constant attack from the SLAF. Goonetileke, however, did not give details. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Sep 25 17:24:19 EDT 2008 Back to the top

LTTE radar point targeted in night air raid, 25/9/2008. A radar installation of the Tamil Tiger rebels was attacked in a night air attack by Russian-built MI-24 gunship helicopters, the Sri Lankan Air Force said on Thursday... Back to the top

LTTE not issuing travel passes to humanitarian workers: Report, Thu Sep 25 16:07:31 CEST 2008. Colombo, Sept 25 (PTI) Humanitarian workers, including those from the United Nations, are unable to move out of the LTTE-controlled Wanni region in Sri Lanka's embattled north as the Tamil Tigers have refused to issue them 'travel passes', a media report said here today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka for political solution, Sep 25, 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said his government is ready to implement “political and constitutional solutions” to redress the grievances of all communities and would not, and could not, let the LTTE hold the Tamils of the north hostage to terror... Back to the top

Look after civilians, Ferrero-Waldner urges Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu September 25, 2008 12:29 EDT . Brussels/New York (dpa) - All sides in Sri Lanka - 's long-running conflict should do more to protect civilians and uphold human rights, European Union foreign affairs commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said Thursday... Back to the top

Inside Sri Lanka: A life given over to war Part 5 of our investigative series
National Post, Wed, Sept 24, 2008. WELIOYA, Sri Lanka -- Brigadier Mohan K. Jayawardena is sitting at his wooden desk, a framed portrait of the President on the wall behind him, when a loud boom rattles his office... Back to the top

Sri Lankan President Percy Mahendra Rajapaksa Delivers Remarks To The U.N. General Assembly
Associated Press, Wed September 24, 2008 12:34 EDT . (JOINED IN PROGRESS) RAJAPAKSA (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): ... without being cowed by many pressures through the last three years and thus did not face any situation where our people had to face hunger or starvation... Back to the top

Diplomats urge protection in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed September 24, 2008 16:06 EDT . - - NEW YORK (AP) A senior U.S. diplomat says the international community wants Sri Lanka - 's government and Tamil Tiger separatists to protect civilians caught in the crossfire of increasingly heavy fighting... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says fighting kills 16
Associated Press, Wed September 24, 2008 08:09 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Gunbattles and mortar attacks that erupted along the front lines of Sri Lanka - 's civil war killed 13 ethnic Tamil rebels and three soldiers, the military said Wednesday... Back to the top

Hate is found in the heart, not in texts
Express Buzz, Wed., Sept., 24, 2008. ROLLOVER Archimedes and you, too, Isaac Newton! Here comes S Gurumurthy, with his Mother of All Discoveries! Mercifully, he wasn’t in his bathtub when in a blinding flash he got it, his simple-as-can-be universal laws on terrorism... Back to the top

Sri Lanka tells UN won t be hostage to terrorism, Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:58pm IST. By Claudia Parsons UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has launched a fierce offensive against rebel Tamil Tigers, told the United Nations on Wednesday he would not allow Tamils to be held hostage to terrorism... Back to the top

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