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Sri Lanka : Troops capture rebel training camp
Associated Press, Sat November 22, 2008 03:07 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers captured a Tamil Tiger rebel training camp, while air force helicopters bombed two rebel groups in the north, the military said Saturday.

Troops seized the training camp in Andankulam village in the rebel stronghold of Mullaitivu on Friday, the military said in a statement.

Military helicopters also bombed two rebel groups in Kilinochchi district on the same day, the statement said without giving casualty details.

Separately, the decomposed bodies of three rebels were found after recent fierce fighting along the northern Jaffna and Kilinochchi fronts, the military said. It was not clear when they died, it said.

It was not possible to contact rebel officials for comment because most communication lines to the north have been cut. Independent verification of the battlefield accounts is not possible because most reporters are banned from the war zone.

According to military reports, Sri Lankan troops have made rapid progress on the battlefield in recent months, clearing the island's entire west of rebels and forcing them to retreat into a shrinking territory in the northeast.

Authorities have vowed to crush the guerrillas and end their decades-old separatist campaign. The Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils who have suffered marginalization by successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.Discuss this story
Published: Sat Nov 22 13:19:43 EST 2008

A fearful end to Sri Lanka s war?, Saturday, 22 November 2008. Sri Lanka's government says it is nearing victory in its 25-year conflict with the Tamil Tigers, but as Roland Buerk explains the war will leave a bitter legacy.The Sri Lanka Air Force helicopter flew fast and low out of Anuradhapura, heading north.

The white domes of the ancient city's Buddhist temples stood high over the green canopy of the treetops.

Flares thumped out of tubes on the helicopter's side, bright red sparks trailed thick white smoke into the jungle just below, a defence against being shot down.

We were being flown to meet soldiers taking part in the military's offensive against the Tamil Tigers. Not too close to the battlefields though: Sri Lanka's government carefully controls access by journalists. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Nov 22 13:20:44 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka may win LTTE, not the Tamils' problem: India
pti, nov 22. Even as Sri Lankan army is close to LTTE headquarters Killinochi, India feels a military "victory" would not solve the problem being faced by the island nation and the side-effects in the form of terrorism could be "dangerous".

New Delhi believes that the Sri Lankan government would have to address the problem politically by giving enough space to all sections of the society there to feel comfortable.

"There is no military solution to the problem. Even if they (Lankan military) take control of Killinochi, the Tamil tigers may spread out to other parts of the country and continue terrorism," sources said here.

"Even if Killonichi is seized, it does not solve the problem. It will be a victory but not the solution. The side effects could be dangerous," they said.

The Indian government wants Colombo to implement the power devolution package as part of settling the issue politically. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Nov 21 19:48:25 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka troops say taking more Tiger defences, Nov 21, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) Security forces fought pitched battles with the Tamil Tigers and seized control of more rebel defences near their political capital in northern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said on Friday... Back to the top

2 Sri Lankan soldiers killed and 13 injured in accidental shooting
Associated Press, Fri November 21, 2008 06:37 EST . Colombo (dpa) - Two soldiers were killed and 13 others were injured in an accidental shooting at a military training camp in north-central Sri Lanka - on Friday, military officials said... Back to the top

Aid distribution: Red Cross, India differ with Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov 21, 2008. B. Muralidhar Reddy COLOMBO: India on Thursday formally handed over 1,680 tonnes of relief material to the International Red Cross Committee (ICRC) for distribution to civilians in northern Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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