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OCTOBER 30, 2008 EST, USA
 
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Sri Lankan jets hit rebel suicide bombers' base
Associated Press, Thu October 30, 2008 03:47 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force jets pounded a Tamil Tiger suicide fighters' base deep in the country's embattled north Thursday, and ground troops seized a major rebel defense line on the northwestern coast, the military said.

The airstrike on the base of the Tamil Tiger suicide fighters, known as Black Tigers, in the rebel stronghold of Mullaitivu came during an intensified government offensive against the guerrillas' de facto state in the north. Officials have pledged to crush the rebels by the end of the year.

Air force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said pilots confirmed the attack was successful, but details of damage and casualties were not immediately available.

In the infantry clashes, soldiers fought intense gunbattles for nearly two weeks before capturing the rebel fortifications in Nachchikuda, a rebel coastal stronghold, on Wednesday evening, the Defense Ministry said.

Troops ``launched a multi-pronged offensive and marched toward Nachchikuda from three directions, destroying and capturing vital'' rebel positions, the ministry said in a statement.

The rebels ``have withdrawn from the area as the security forces intensified their military thrust,'' it said.

The military did not provide casualty details, in line with a new government policy, but said its troops inflicted ``heavy casualties'' on the rebels.

Fighting has escalated in recent months in the 25-year-old civil war as the military has captured a series of rebel bases and large chunks of territory in the north.

Also Wednesday, soldiers took control of Jayapuram, a rebel-held village in Kilinochchi.

The latest military successes came a day after the rebels' rudimentary air force bombed a power station on the outskirts of the capital and an army base in the north, injuring three soldiers.

The bombings, which showed that the rebels retain the ability to carry out startling attacks on the government, were a huge morale boost for the reeling guerrillas and an embarrassment for the military.

With reporters banned from the war zone, the media must depend on government and rebel statements for most information about the war.

It is difficult to contact rebel officials for comment because most communication lines to their territory have been severed.

The Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils, who have suffered marginalization at the hands of successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.Discuss this story
Published: Thu Oct 30 06:41:42 EDT 2008


Sri Lanka military seizes coastal rebel stronghold
Associated Press, Thu October 30, 2008 12:39 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers on Thursday captured a key Tamil Tiger coastal base through which the rebels have been smuggling weapons, the military said.

Troops took control of Nachchikuda village on the northwestern coast after several weeks of fierce fighting, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

The military has in recent months intensified its offensive against the guerrillas' de facto state in the north. Officials have pledged to crush the rebels and their 25-year separatist war by the end of the year.

Nanayakkara said the rebels have been able to unload weapons undetected at the base and transport them to several fronts using the three major roads that converge there.

The military said in a statement earlier that the rebels withdrew from Nachchikuda as the security forces closed in, but that its troops nonetheless inflicted ``heavy casualties'' on the rebels.

The defense ministry announced last week that it would not release specific casualty figures to the media because such reporting could hamper the campaign against the rebels.

Sri Lankan air force jets, meanwhile, pounded a Tamil Tiger suicide fighters' base deep in the country's embattled north, air force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said.

The military has recently captured a series of rebel bases and large chunks of territory in the north.

On Wednesday, soldiers took control of a rebel-held village near the guerrillas' headquarters of Kilinochchi, according to the military.

Rebel officials could not be reached for comment because most communication lines to their territory have been severed.

The Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils, who have suffered marginalization at the hands of successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.Discuss this story
Published: Thu Oct 30 16:44:03 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka : Soldiers seize major rebel defense line
Associated Press, Thu October 30, 2008 02:57 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops seized a major Tamil Tiger rebel defense line on the northwestern coast after nearly two weeks of intense fighting, the military said Thursday.

Soldiers fought intense gunbattles before capturing the rebel fortifications in Nachchikuda, a rebel coastal stronghold, on Wednesday evening, the Defense Ministry said.

Fighting has escalated in recent months in the 25-year-old civil war as the military has captured a series of rebel bases and large chunks of territory in the north. Officials have pledged to crush the guerrillas by the end of the year.

The military says it has closed in on the rebels' de facto capital of Kilinochchi.

In the latest battle, army troops ``launched a multi-pronged offensive and marched toward Nachchikuda from three directions, destroying and capturing vital'' rebel positions, the ministry said in a statement.

The rebels ``have withdrawn from the area as the security forces intensified their military thrust,'' it said.

The military did not provide casualty details, in line with a new government policy, but said its troops inflicted ``heavy casualties'' on the rebels.

Also Wednesday, soldiers took control of Jayapuram, a rebel-held village in Kilinochchi.

The military successes came a day after the rebels' rudimentary air force bombed a power station on the outskirts of the capital and an army base in the north, injuring three soldiers.

The bombings, which showed that the rebels retain the ability to carry out startling attacks on the government, were a huge morale boost for the reeling guerrillas and an embarrassment for the military.

With reporters banned from the war zone, the media must depend on government and rebel statements for most information about the war.

It is difficult to contact rebel officials for comment because most communication lines to their territory have been severed.

The Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils, who have suffered marginalization at the hands of successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.
Published: Thu Oct 30 06:45:27 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lankan troops capture rebel town
Associated Press, Wed October 29, 2008 06:03 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Troops captured a small village in northern Sri Lanka - on Wednesday, pushing ahead with their offensive against the Tamil Tigers hours after the rebel group launched a brazen airstrike on the capital, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan jets hit rebel suicide bombers' base
Associated Press, Thu October 30, 2008 03:47 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force jets pounded a Tamil Tiger suicide fighters' base deep in the country's embattled north Thursday, and ground troops seized a major rebel defense line on the northwestern coast, the military said... Back to the top

LTTE breaches Colombo security
hindu.com, Oct 29, 2008. COLOMBO: An LTTE light-wing aircraft dropped two improvised bombs on the Kelanitissa power station, on the outskirts of Colombo, after dropping three bombs on a military camp in Mannar district, on Tuesday night... Back to the top

Jayalalithaa permitted to move court with regard to threat letter
hindu, Oct 30. CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Wednesday permitted counsel for the AIADMK general secretary, Jayalalithaa, to move the court on Thursday with regard to a letter, which issued a “final warning to her not to interfere in the Tamil Eelam LTTE issue”... Back to the top

Sri Lanka women stars 'jobless'
bbc, oct 30. Five members of Sri Lanka's women's cricket team claim to have lost their day jobs because they refused to give up their cricket careers... Back to the top

Tamil rebels bomb power station in Sri Lankan capital+
Associated Press, Wed October 29, 2008 04:27 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Oct. 29 (Kyodo) A key power station in the Sri Lankan capital was damaged by a Tamil Tiger air raid on Tuesday night, with officials of the state-owned power utility confirming Wednesday a steam power plant was damaged and the oil cooling unit of a second plant was set ablaze. The power station control room had also been damaged, an official said on condition of anonymity... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebel aircraft attack near Colombo
Associated Press, Wed October 29, 2008 00:57 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan rebels launched a brazen airstrike on a power station on the outskirts of Colombo, plunging the capital into darkness as the military fought back with a wave of anti-aircraft fire... Back to the top

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