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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


Inside Sri Lanka: An end to violence in sight
nationalpost.com, September 26, 2008. COLOMBO -- At the bustling Fort Railway Station, the walls have been patched and the bloodstains scrubbed away, but everyone still remembers what happened.

A woman stepped off a commuter train onto Platform 3 and detonated a suicide bomb in a crowd of D.S. Senanayake College students. A dozen died, eight of them kids.

"This is very ridiculous because only schoolchildren were dead," says Kumar Jayartha, a tour guide who was waiting for customers outside the station last February when the blast occurred.

Though far from the front lines of the civil war, Sri Lanka's seaside capital has been steadily rocked by bombings, the work of Tamil Tigers guerrillas making their case for independence. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Sep 26 21:52:15 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka 'on verge of victory'
BBC news, Friday, September 26, 2008. Sri Lanka's powerful Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said the government is on the verge of victory in the war against Tamil Tiger rebels.

"In all fronts we are very superior, on the ground, the sea and air," said Mr Rajapaksa in an interview with the BBC.

"Our numbers are very much greater than theirs, our firepower is much greater. We are very confident we can win and we want to finish this very soon."

About 70,000 people have been More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Sep 26 11:53:52 EDT 2008 Back to the top


CPI asks Centre to press Lanka to resume peace talks
hindu.com, September 27, 2008 . Chennai (PTI): CPI on Friday asked the Centre to impress upon the Sri Lankan government to stop the war and return back to negotiations with the LTTE to work out a solution to end the ethnic conflict in the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lankan troops close in on rebel capital, 15 killed: ministry
google.com, 2008/09/26. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lankan troops have engaged Tamil Tiger forces on the outskirts of the northern rebel capital Kilinochchi, killing at least 13, according to the defence ministry... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says air force bombs rebel sailors
Associated Press, Fri September 26, 2008 03:58 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan military helicopters attacked Tamil Tiger sea fighters in the country's north, while ground fighting across the region killed 20 insurgents, the military said Friday... Back to the top

Lanka destroys Tigers’ radars
hindustantimes.com, 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... Back to the top

LTTE radar point targeted in night air raid
hindustantimes.com, 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

CPI asks Centre to press Sri Lanka to resume peace talks
hindu.com, Friday, Sept., 2008. Chennai (PTI): CPI on Friday asked the Centre to impress upon the Sri Lankan government to stop the war and return back to negotiations with the LTTE to work out a solution to end the ethnic conflict in the island nation... Back to the top

LTTE not issuing travel passes to humanitarian workers: Report
ptinews.com, 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

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

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