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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

Sri Lanka Advances on Capital of Rebels
The New York Times, October 4, 2008. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) — The Sri Lankan military battled within a mile of the town that is considered the headquarters of the Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday and allowed civilians to flee, the army said.

Battles raged just outside the northern town of Kilinochchi, the seat of the quasi government of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The military said Saturday that Mi-24 attack helicopters were firing on a bunker line, while ground troops were fighting insurgents.

A military spokesman, Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, said that troops were about a mile away from Kilinochchi’s town limits.

Soldiers have moved closer and closer to Kilinochchi over the past month with the goal of wiping out the Tamil Tigers and ending a quarter-century of ethnic conflict. More...
Published: Sat Oct 4 16:21:48 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka's civil war rages in the shadows
AP News, Sat Oct 4, 2008. By RAVI NESSMAN

MADHU, Sri Lanka (AP) — There are no worshippers at Sri Lanka's holiest Christian shrine.

The cherished statue of the Virgin Mary in the pale yellow church gazes out onto emptiness. The two villages nearby are abandoned. Everyone has fled for safety deep into rebel territory, disappearing into the black hole of Sri Lanka's civil war.

The conflict — deadlier this year than the fighting in Afghanistan — has grown increasingly ferocious as a new government offensive pushes deep into the rebels' power base in the northern jungles.

Yet it is taking place mostly in the shadows. The government has barred independent observers and foreign journalists from the war zone. Last month it banned foreign aid groups as well, promising to make up for their absence by providing aid itself.

That leaves the military and rebel-linked Web sites as the only source of information on the course of the war, the growing number of casualties, and the plight of some 220,000 displaced civilians trapped in the shrinking territory controlled by the Tamil More...
Published: Sat Oct 4 10:12:19 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Karunanidhi, Jayalalitha harden stand on Sri Lanka, Sat Oct 04, 2008. Chennai, Oct 4 (IANS) Tamil Nadu’s ire against the Sri Lankan Navy’s alleged attacks on Indian fishermen became more pronounced Saturday as both the ruling DMK and the opposition AIADMK hardened their stand on the issue... Back to the top

‘No fire zones’ for war displaced Sri Lankan civilians
Thaindian News, Sat Oct 04 2008. Colombo, Oct 4 (IANS) The Sri Lankan Army has earmarked two “no fire zones” in the restive north for the safe assembly of thousands of civilians fleeing amidst fierce fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, a top military official here said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : Fighting kills 20 rebels, 3 soldiers
Associated Press, Sat October 4, 2008 04:27 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A new round of fighting between government forces and Tamil separatists across Sri Lanka - 's embattled northern region killed 20 rebels and three soldiers, the military said Saturday... 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

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