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Kilinochchi to be captured soon: Sri Lanka
hindu, sep 29. COLOMBO: The Air Force claimed it bombed LTTE targets in the north in the past 24 hours amid indications from the military that troops are in the vicinity of Kilinochchi, the LTTE’s administrative headquarters.

“It is a matter of a few more days at the most before the troops descend on Kilinochchi town. As per our intelligence reports, the Tigers have virtually vacated their administrative headquarters and it has been reduced to a ghost town,” said an Army spokesperson on Sunday.

If the military indeed wrests control of Kilinochchi, it would be for the second time since 1997 the town would be under government control. The military believes that unlike in the past, the soldiers have now encircled the LTTE to inflict maximum damage to its military assets. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Sep 28 19:56:11 EDT 2008


Sri Lanka military says 30 killed in new fighting
Associated Press, Sun September 28, 2008 01:48 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A wave of fighting in Sri Lanka - 's civil war killed 25 Tamil Tiger rebels and five soldiers, the military said Sunday.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said the worst fighting Saturday broke out when troops pushing toward the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi battled with guerrillas in Akkarayankulam village. The fighting killed 12 insurgents and five soldiers, Nanayakkara said.

Separate clashes in Jaffna, Vavuniya and Welioya killed another 13 rebels and wounded several soldiers, he said.

Rebel officials could not be reached for comment because most communication lines to the north have been cut.

It is difficult to verify military reports because journalists are barred from the northern war zone.

The government has vowed to retake all rebel areas by the end of this year and says its troops are just 3 miles (4.5 kilometers) from Kilinochchi.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought for more than 25 years to create an independent homeland for the country's ethnic minority Tamils after a history of discrimination by governments controlled by majority ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.Discuss this story
Published: Sun Sep 28 02:15:37 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Suicide bomb kills civilian, wounds 8 in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun September 28, 2008 07:47 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A suspected Tamil Tiger rebel suicide bomber blew up near a vehicle carrying police in a northern Sri Lankan town Sunday, killing a civilian and wounding eight others, the military said. The blast came a day after a wave of fighting in Sri Lanka - 's civil war killed 25 Tamil Tiger rebels and five soldiers, according to the military.

Nanayakkara said the worst fighting Saturday broke out when troops pushing toward the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi battled with guerrillas in Akkarayankulam village. The fighting killed 12 insurgents and five soldiers, he said.

Separate clashes in Jaffna, Vavuniya and Welioya killed another 13 rebels and wounded several soldiers, he said.

Rebel officials could not be reached for comment because most communication lines to the north have been cut.

It is difficult to verify military reports because journalists are barred from the northern war zone.

The government has vowed to retake all rebel areas by the end of this year and says its troops are just three miles (4.5 kilometers) from Kilinochchi.

The conflict stems from allegations that ethnic Tamils have been systematically marginalized by governments controlled by majority ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.Discuss this story
Published: Sun Sep 28 08:28:12 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Lanka allows UN to go with food supplies to LTTE areas
hindu.com, Sept 28, 2008. Colombo (PTI): In an apparent shift in stand, Sri Lanka has allowed UN officials to accompany the food convoy to the LTTE held areas barely two weeks after asking the world body to pull out of the rebel controlled regions in the North... Back to the top

Fighting in Sri Lanka claims 17: military
google.com, Sept 28, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — Fresh fighting around Sri Lanka's embattled northern region left 17 combatants dead on both sides, the defence ministry said Sunday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top


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... 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... 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 don’t like Ranatunga... 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


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