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Sri Lankan army seems poised to overrun rebels, Oct 3. NEW DELHI -- The Sri Lankan military appeared close to making its final push on rebel territory on Thursday, as its air force's jets pounded the headquarters of the country's guerrilla group.

For once, both sides, who routinely provide conflicting accounts of clashes, agreed roughly on what happened. It signaled turning point in the prolonged conflict.The guerrilla group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, said in a statement that its peace secretariat, which was its main political office used to meet with foreign journalists and diplomats, was bombed around midday. The Sri Lankan military confirmed the strike as well, with the defense secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, reporting that ground troops were three miles from the rebel headquarters, in the northern town of Kilinochhi.

"It is the beginning of the end of LTTE terrorists," said Rajapaksa. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Oct 2 21:38:18 EDT 2008

Air force bombs Tamil rebel headquarters in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu October 2, 2008 06:13 EDT . Colombo (dpa) - Air force fighter jets bombed the Tamil rebel political headquarters and their peace secretariat in northern Sri Lanka - on Thursday, as government troops were poised to enter the area, military officials and a pro-rebel website said. Both buildings have been the venue for talks with visiting foreign delegates including Norwegian envoys involved in Sri Lanka - 's peace process.

The Sri Lankan government officially withdrew from a Norwegian backed truce on January 16. The truce agreement was signed in February 2002.

Government troops launched their military operations in mid-2006 and have so far captured the rebel-controlled areas in the eastern province, and parts of the northern province.

Rebels are now confined to two of the districts - Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu - and troops have been confronting rebels on at least four fronts. Government troops have reached the outskirts of Kilinochchi town.

Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka said troops were 3.5 kilometres south of the town.

Almost all civilians have withdrawn from Kilinochchi town and the main hospital and main administrative office have moved towards the coastal town of Mullaitivu.

Some 200,000 people have been displaced by the fresh fighting.

Earlier the government directed all local and foreign staff working for international non-governmental organisations and UN agencies to pull out from the rebel-held areas.

However, the government on Thursday permitted the UN to escort 50 food lorries to the rebel-held areas. dpa ad jhDiscuss this story
Published: Thu Oct 2 12:51:25 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Explosives found on Sri Lanka aid truck, war kills 30, Wed Oct 1, 2008 5:58pm IST. By C. Bryson Hull

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops seized explosives aboard a truck due to join a U.N. convoy to carry food into the war zone, where fighting killed 30 people, the military said on Wednesday.

Troops found 2.5 kg of C-4 explosives in a truck carrying food into two strongholds of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) separatists on Tuesday. Police arrested the driver and five other assistants, the military said.

Pictures posted on the government-run Media Centre for National Security,, showed what it said were 10 plastic-wrapped packets of the explosives in a suitcase. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Oct 1 10:19:08 EDT 2008 Back to the top

UN aid enters Sri Lanka war zone, Tiger HQ hit, Thursday, Oct 02, 2008, 07:25 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - A U.N. convoy carrying food for 200,000 people trapped by fighting entered Sri Lanka's war zone on Thursday, and the air force said it bombed the headquarters of the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Beginning of LTTE end: Colombo, Thursday, Oct 02, 2008, 07:30 EDT. B. Muralidhar Reddy

COLOMBO: The Air Force on Wednesday bombed six “identified targets” of the LTTE in the north amid charges by the pro-LTTE TamilNet that at least two civilians were killed and 13 injured in one of the raids... Back to the top

Sri Lanka hikes war budget, Thursday, Oct 02, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka plans to raise its defence spending in 2009 by seven percent to maintain a massive ground, sea and air offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels, official data showed Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : Rebel bases bombed; clashes kill 30
Associated Press, Wed October 1, 2008 04:59 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Air force fighter jets bombed two Tamil Tiger rebel bases in northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday while infantry clashes across the region killed 26 rebels and four soldiers, the military said... Back to the top

5 rebel bases bombed by Sri Lankan air force
Associated Press, Wed October 1, 2008 11:46 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force fighter jets bombed five Tamil Tiger rebel positions in northern Sri Lanka - on Wednesday while infantry clashes across the region killed 26 rebels and four soldiers, the military said... Back to the top

Parties observe fast against Army offensive in Sri Lanka
The Hindu News, Thursday, Oct 02 2008, . Chennai (PT1): Various political outfits in Tamil Nadu on Thursday observed a day-long fast to protest the Sri Lankan army's offensive in the northern part of the island and to express solidarity with the Lankan Tamils... Back to the top

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