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Military: Clashes in Sri Lanka kill 30 combatants
Associated Press, Mon October 13, 2008 05:09 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers attacked Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers along the northern front lines triggering gunbattles that killed 27 guerrillas and three soldiers, the military said Monday.

Fighting has escalated in recent months on the Indian Ocean island with the military capturing a series of rebel bases and large chunks of territory. Officials have pledged to crush the guerrillas by the end of the year.

In the latest fighting, soldiers destroyed three bunkers and captured four others Sunday after battles that killed 15 rebels near their administrative capital of Kilinochchi, the military said in a statement.

Separate clashes in the same area killed four rebels and one soldier, it said.

The military has said it is closing in on Kilinochchi and its forces are about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from the outskirts of the town.

In the northern Jaffna peninsula, troops killed four rebels along the front lines while a rebel mortar attack killed two soldiers, the statement said.

Clashes in Mullaitivu killed four rebels and wounded one soldier, it said.

With nearly all communications to the north severed, a rebel spokesman could not be contacted for comment.

Independent verification of the military's claims is nearly impossible because most journalists are banned from the war zone. Both sides routinely exaggerate enemy losses and underreport their own.

The rebels have been fighting since 1983 to create an independent homeland for the country's ethnic minority Tamils, who have faced marginalization by successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, who is visiting Australia, said the global economic turmoil would not cripple the government's ability to fund the war, which he said was in the ``final stages.''

``We are quite confident our financial resources will sustain current engagement with'' the rebels, Bogollagama told reporters at a joint press conference with his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith in Canberra Monday.

Last week, the government presented budget proposals for 2009 seeking a 20 percent increase in defense spending to a record 177 billion rupees ($1.6 billion).
Published: Mon Oct 13 08:06:44 EDT 2008

Sri Lanka says can fund offensive against rebels
ALertNet, oct 13. CANBERRA, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's war on separatist rebels will not be slowed by international financial turmoil placing pressure on the government's military budget, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said on Monday.

Bogollagama, speaking in Australia where he was urged to seek a political end to the 25-year conflict, said Sri Lanka's military would continue to press its latest bloody offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE.

"We are coming to the final stages of taking on the LTTE. We are quite confident our financial resources can sustain the current engagement," Bogollagama told journalists.

Sri Lanka's army last week pushed to within 2 kilometres (1 mile) of outer Kilinochchi, the strategic headquarters town of the Tigers, located 330 kilometres (205 miles) north of the capital Colombo. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Oct 12 22:29:50 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Lanka says it will address justifiable concerns of India, Oct 12. Colombo, Oct 12 (PTI) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has assured India that his government will try to address all "justifiable concerns" of India in the wake of the fallout of the on-going military offensive against LTTE. Rajapaksa gave this assurance to Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Alok Prasad when he met him last week. "The President during his meeting with Prasad made it clear that his government will endeavour to address all justifiable concerns of India," Senior Presidential advisor Basil Rajapaksa said. India had last week conveyed its concerns to Sri Lanka over the offensive of the security forces in the Tamil areas and the killing of innocent people there. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Oct 12 12:46:22 EDT 2008 Back to the top

HL:Sri Lanka captures Al Barakah trophy, Canadians get blown out by Zimbabwe
Associated Press, Mon October 13, 2008 17:57 EDT . Ron Fanfair - - KING CITY, Ont. Sri Lanka - defeated last year's World Cup runner-up Pakistan to capture the Al Barakah Twenty/20 International series on Monday, while Canada was blown out by Zimbabwe... Back to the top

Swiss find melamine in Thai, Sri Lankan biscuits
Associated Press, Mon October 13, 2008 06:34 EDT . - - GENEVA (AP) Swiss authorities say they have found high concentrations of melamine in biscuits from Thailand and Sri Lanka - and have called on other European countries to withdraw the products... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers may be listed as terrorists, October 13, 2008 - 11:11AM. The federal government is considering listing Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebel separatist movement as a terrorist organisation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fighting kills 30 rebels, 2 soldiers
Associated Press, Sun October 12, 2008 03:38 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Separate battles between government forces and Tamil separatists across Sri Lanka - 's volatile northern region killed 30 rebels and two soldiers, the military said Sunday... Back to the top

HL:Sri Lanka downs Canada, will meet Pakistan in Twenty/20 International final
Associated Press, Sun October 12, 2008 18:22 EDT . Ron Fanfair - - KING CITY, Ont. Sri Lanka - rebounded from an earlier loss to Pakistan Sunday to defeat Canada and secure a re-match against the inaugural World Cup Twenty/20 runner-up in Monday's Al Barakah final... Back to the top

Political party activists killed in eastern Sri Lanka, 2008-10-12. COLOMBO, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- At least two activists of a political party based in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka have been killed in a shoot-out on Saturday, police officials said on Sunday. An unidentified gunman fired at the activists in a social club run by the Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (Tamil People's Liberation Tigers, TMVP) in the eastern town Batticaloa, 310 km east of the capital Colombo on Saturday evening... Back to the top

If India agrees, Tamil party ready to ask LTTE to go for talks, October 12th, 2008. New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) Sri Lanka’s leading Tamil party in parliament says it is willing to persuade the Tamil Tigers to go for talks with Colombo if New Delhi agrees to act as the peace maker... Back to the top

We got maximum support from India to crush LTTE: Sri Lanka, Sunday, October 12, 2008. Colombo, Oct 12 (IANS) Charging that “some foreign elements” were trying to disrupt the ongoing development activities in Sri Lanka, a senior advisor to President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that the island nation has “got maximum support from India to crush” the Tamil Tiger rebels, a media report here said... Back to the top

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