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Where does Sri Lanka's war go if rebel capital falls?
reuters, oct 4. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan soldiers on Friday were within 3.5 km (2 miles) of Kilinochchi, the headquarters town of the Tamil Tiger separatist rebels they have fought since 1983 in one of Asia's longest-running wars.

Here are some possible scenarios for what happens if the army takes Kilinochchi, a symbolic target:

MORALE, MARKET BOOST: Taking Kilinochchi would by no means mean an end to the war, but it would be a major political boost to President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government and also to the armed forces' morale. Most financial analysts expect a very short-term rally on the Colombo Stock Exchange. But it has generally moved on its own fundamentals since the war has been running so long and players are used to it. The rupee currency is unlikely to be affected, since the Central Bank routinely intervenes to prevent any rapid movement. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Oct 3 22:56:06 EDT 2008

59 Tamil Tigers, two soldiers killed in Lanka clashes
PTI, October 3. Colombo, Oct 3 (PTI) At least 59 Tamil Tigers and two soldiers were killed in fierce clashes in Sri Lanka's embattled north, where the Air Force fighters jets targeted key LTTE bases, including a building once used by the outfit's political head B Nadesan as his office, officials said today.

The building in the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi, which was among those bombed by the Sri Lankan security forces this morning, used to be occupied by Nadesan when he was the police head of the outfit. Nadesan succeeded S P Tamilchelvan as the LTTE's political wing chief after the latter was killed in a raid by the Air Force in November last year.

"The main office complex of LTTE leader Nadesan was located at 500m West of Driyarukulam and it was engaged around 9.20 am today," Air Force spokesperson, Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara, said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Oct 3 10:55:38 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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 Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bombs rebel political chief's office
Associated Press, Fri October 3, 2008 03:08 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force jets bombed the offices of the Tamil Tigers' political chief Friday as the military pressed forward with its resurgent offensive against the separatist guerrillas, the military said... 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

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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