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SEPTEMBER 27, 2008 EST, USA
 
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81 rebels killed as fighter jets target LTTE stronghold: army
Press Trust of India, Sat., Sept. 27, 2008, 9:50 EDT. T V Sriram

Colombo, Sept 27 (PTI) At least 81 LTTE cadres were killed as Sri Lankan armed forces using fighters and artilleries pounded Tigers' stronghold, with troops reported to be on the outskirts of the key Kilinochchi town.

The fighter jets targeted female 'Black Tigers' training facility at Rathnapuram, Kilinochchi, as well as LTTE logistic centres and vehicles storage areas in a major escalation of the country's ongoing civil strife.

The Defence Ministry said that at least 81 Tamil Tigers were killed as jets pounded Black Tiger' training facility in the embattled northern Lanka.

The rise in the heat of the battle comes amidst reports that Sri Lankan forces are within sights of the town, considered to be administrative and military headquarters of the LTTE. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Sep 27 09:49:57 EDT 2008


Sri Lanka military says fighting kills 63
Associated Press, Sat September 27, 2008 03:21 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan military says heavy battles in the country's raging civil war have killed 60 rebels and 3 soldiers in the north.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara says the fiercest fighting Friday erupted in the Kilinochchi district where 46 rebels and one soldier were killed in a wave of battles. Fighting in the Jaffna, Vavuniya and Welioya fronts killed another 14 rebels and two soldiers.

The military says it also launched a series of airstrikes against rebel gathering points, logistics centers and a vehicle storage yard.

Rebel spokesman were not available for comment.
Published: Sat Sep 27 08:06:01 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka to launch new offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels
telegraph.co.uk, 27 Sep 2008. "Kilinochchi is within the firing range of our troops and we will fire the first shot on (it) next week" Sri Lanka's army chief, Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka declared triumphantly in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.

"Our campaign will not stop until we liberate our motherland from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)" he stated, adding that their elusive leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was "struggling" to cope with the military's successful advance on Kilinochchi, 220 miles north of Colombo.

Air force jets and helicopter gunships continued to bomb rebel locations and ground forces pressed their advantage on the outskirts Kilinochchi. More...
Published: Sat Sep 27 00:21:47 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Arjuna Ranatunga looked like he had swallowed a sheep
The Times, Sep 27. Well, I hope this choice ends that criticism once and for all, because everybody knows that I donít like Ranatunga... Back to the top

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... 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... Back to the top

Clashes near Sri Lankan rebel HQ kill 66 - army
reuters.com, Sat., Sept 27, 2008. By Ranga Sirilal

COLOMBO, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military killed at least 66 Tamil Tiger insurgents during a siege of the rebel capital and in air and ground assaults along the northern battlefront, the military said on Saturday... 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) ó 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

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

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