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LTTE focusing on the east, says Sri Lanka, Nov 10, 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Air Force claimed on Sunday that it bombed two LTTE positions in Kilinochchi. Spokesperson Janaka Nanayakkara said jets launched simultaneous airstrikes targeting a Sea Tiger command centre west of Paranthan Junction and an LTTE artillery gun position southeast of Pooneryn.

Also, the Navy claimed to have recovered an arms cache from Kumburupiddi, north of Trincomalee, on Saturday. The recovery of the weapons comes amid reports of increased LTTE presence in the east. The military had cleared the east in 2007 and in May this year, elections were held to the Eastern Provincial Council. The military said the weapons had been brought to sabotage activities in the Eastern Province. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Nov 9 16:32:59 EST 2008

LTTE ready for truce
com, Sunday, 09 November , 2008, 19:25 . 'LTTE ready for truce with Lanka'

Colombo: The Tamil Tiger rebels, facing a fierce military thrust in the borders of their 'administrative capital' of Kilinochchi in the north, have reiterated their consent for a cessation of hostilities with the Sri Lankan government, a pro-rebel website reported on Sunday.

According the pro-LTTE Tamilnet website, political wing head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) B Nadesan made these remarks on Saturday, following reports of Tamil Nadu leaders seeking clarification on LTTE's stand on ceasefire.

"There is no hesitation on our side to reiterate our position that we have always wanted a ceasefire. It is the government of Sri Lanka that unilaterally abrogated the ceasefire," Nadesan has been quoted as sayin More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Nov 9 10:32:08 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka steps up air strikes on Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Sun November 9, 2008 04:16 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force stepped up its strikes against the Tamil Tigers' de facto state in the north Sunday, pounding two rebel positions, the military said.

Fighter jets hit a rebel artillery gun position and a command center in the guerrillas' northern stronghold of Kilinochchi, said air force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara.

He said the pilots had confirmed they hit their targets, but that damage and casualty details were not immediately available.

It was not possible to contact rebel officials for comment because most communication lines to guerrilla-held areas have been severed. Independent accounts are difficult to obtain from the battlefield because most journalists are barred from the war zone.

The military says army troops are closing in on Kilinochchi, the rebels' administrative capital, in a campaign aimed at routing the guerrillas and ending their 25-year-old war, which has killed more than 70,000 people.

Officials have pledged to crush the guerrillas by the end of the year.

Government troops have made dramatic progress on the northern fronts in recent months, seizing a series of rebel bases and chunks of land, but the guerrillas have offered stiff resistance.

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.
Published: Sun Nov 9 06:53:27 EST 2008 Back to the top

Military says bombs rebels in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat November 8, 2008 01:29 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force bombers attacked a gathering of Tamil Tiger rebels who were preparing to fight government troops in northern Sri Lanka - , the military said Saturday... Back to the top

Coastal stretches being cleared: Sri Lanka, Nov., 09, 2008. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Air Force on Saturday claimed it continued providing air support to infantry and armoured battalions with assaults on “identified LTTE strong-points and reinforcement gatherings” in the battle-scarred north... Back to the top

'1987 Indo-Lanka pact only solution to Tamil problem'
The Times of India, 9 Nov 2008,. CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Congress president K V Thangkabalu on Sunday said that the Tamil minority's problems in the neighbouring island can only be resolved by applying the terms of an accord signed between India and Sri Lanka in 1987... Back to the top

'Beware of LTTE suicide bombers in guise of pregnant women'
The Hindu News, Sunday, November 9. Colombo (PTI): A wary Sri Lankan police has cautioned the public against LTTE female suicide bombers disguised as harmless looking pregnant women, beggars or old people in the Island country... Back to the top

CPI asks Centre to change policy towards Sri Lanka
The Economic Times, 9 Nov 2008. NEW DELHI: The CPI asked the Centre to change its policy towards Sri Lanka and demanded that India intervene and stop the "war" in the island nation and insist for a political solution to the over 25-year-old ethnic crisis in that country... Back to the top

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