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Heavy fighting outside Tiger political HQ in Sri Lanka
afp, nov 23. COLOMBO (AFP) — Helicopter gunships attacked Tamil Tiger rebel positions in northern Sri Lanka as ground troops on Sunday moved closer to the rebels' political capital from three fronts, the defence ministry said.

Helicopters were deployed to pound rebel bunkers that make up the western defences of the town of Kilinochchi, the political headquarters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the ministry said.

"Sri Lanka army offensive divisions... are now marching towards the Kilinochchi built up in three frontiers," the ministry said. "Pitched battles are going on."

The ministry said the guerrillas had built an earth barrier around Kilinochchi to block the military advance. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Nov 23 04:19:10 EST 2008

Jaffna land route being restored: Lanka, Nov 24. Close on the heels of capturing LTTE stronghold of Pooneryn that opened the land-route to Jaffna, which was blocked for over 20 years, Sri Lanka has ordered a renovation of the highway on a war footing. "Army engineers have already moved in to open the land route to Jaffna after carrying out repairs on the highway following the capture of the last LTTE west coast belt of Pooneryn," Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Fonseka, who flew into the Security Forces Headquarters of Wanni (SFHQ-W) on Saturday, said. According to the defence ministry, Fonseka visited the headquarters "to offer his profuse thanks and commendation to the heroic troops, responsible for successive military achievements" in Pooneryn, Mankulam, Kokavil and other places in the Wanni theater of humanitarian operations. Fonseka congratulated commanders of respective divisions on their achievements, particularly the one made in Pooneryn, which enabled the re-opening of the A-32 land route to the Jaffna peninsula, which was closed to civilians for over 20 years. More...
Published: Sun Nov 23 20:09:06 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka war reaches crucial phase; troops zero in on Kilinochchi
IANS, nov 23. Colombo, Nov 23 (IANS) The long drawn out civil war in Sri Lanka has reached a crucial phase with reports of the fighting spirit of the Tamil Tigers said to be at an “all time low” after the fall of two of their strongholds even as government troops march in on the rebels’ political capital Kilinochchi.The troops last week captured the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) bastions of Pooneryn and Mankulam which they had held for a decade.

Retired navy commander and chief of defence staff (CDS) Admiral Daya Sandagiri said the capture of Pooneryn “has virtually neutralized the LTTE threat to the troops stationed in the Jaffna peninsula while the capture of Mankulam has mounted pressure on the LTTE.

“The capture of Pooneryn has now given the military the necessary land route access to Jaffna. Such a land route is vital for ongoing military operation in terms of logistic supply and casualty evacuation,” Admiral Sandagiri told IANS.

Citing battlefront reports, he said the fighting spirit among the LTTE cadres after the fall of Pooneryn and Mankulam “was at an all-time low, affecting their fighting morale and efficiency”. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Nov 23 04:25:28 EST 2008 Back to the top

Government forces advance as rebels mark day of heroes
Associated Press, Sun November 23, 2008 07:31 EST . - - Colombo (dpa) - Government troops were advancing from three fronts to a strategic town in northern Sri Lanka - Sunday as Tamil rebels were set to mark two anniversaries... Back to the top

Pro-LTTE stand: Denied visa, Vaiko cancels trip to London
toi, nov 23. CHENNAI: MDMK leader Vaiko was on Sunday denied visa to travel to London apparently for his pro-LTTE stand, forcing him to cancel his air ticket for Monday... Back to the top

Banned Terrorist Group Plans Event Honouring Suicide Missions at the London ExCeL Centre
ITNEWS, Nov 23. LONDON, November 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Heroes' Day, an event glorifying Tamil Tiger terrorist tactics, is due to take place later this month at the London ExCeL Centre in defiance of UK laws prohibiting the glorification of and support for terrorism... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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