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Sri Lanka resumes offensive against Tigers as rains subside+
Associated Press, Sun November 30, 2008 08:02 EST . COLOMBO, Nov. 30 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka's military on Sunday resumed a major offensive aimed at capturing the political capital of the Tamil Tiger rebels as monsoon rains showed signs of subsiding, Defense Ministry officials said.

They said helicopter gunships were deployed to attack defensive positions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and help ground troops make an advance on the town of Kilinochchi, the political headquarters of the rebels.

''MI-24 helicopter gunships conducted precision air assaults at identified LTTE resistance positions located at Murukandy, east of Akkarayankulama (on the western side of Kilinochchi),'' the ministry said.

It said the air campaign was in support of soldiers of the 57th division, who are approaching Kilinochchi from the western flank.

The military announced last week that it was about to capture Kilinochchi where the Tigers had received visiting foreign dignitaries, including Japan's special peace envoy Yasushi Akashi.

Heavy rains stalled the military campaign with most parts of the country's embattled north flooded by heavy monsoon rains and Cyclone Nisha, which lashed the area last week.

The country's disaster management center said nearly 300,000 people were driven out of their flooded homes in the troubled northern districts alone while seven deaths have been reported.Discuss this story
Published: Sun Nov 30 10:10:28 EST 2008

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Sri Lankan helicopters bomb rebels
Associated Press, Sun November 30, 2008 06:06 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force helicopters on Sunday bombed Tamil Tiger rebels who were trying to block troops from capturing their de facto capital, the government said.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement that the helicopters attacked rebel positions in Murikandy village, south of the rebel headquarters, Kilinochchi. It did not give casualty details.

Meanwhile, the military said it recovered the bodies of four rebels believed to have been killed in fighting Saturday in Otiyamalai village in the northeastern Mullaitivu district. Soldiers took control of the village after the clash.

Rebel officials could not be reached for comment. It is difficult to verify battlefield reports because most journalists are barred from the war zone.

The government has vowed to crush the rebels to end their separatist war. It says its forces are closing in on Kilinochchi, while other troops are advancing toward the rebel stronghold of Mullaitivu on the northeastern coast.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for the country's 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: Sun Nov 30 10:08:48 EST 2008 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka : 7 killed, 98,000 displaced by floods
Associated Press, Sat November 29, 2008 08:56 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Floods caused by days of heavy rains killed at least seven people, left four soldiers missing and displaced tens of thousands in insurgency-ravaged northern Sri Lanka - , officials said Saturday. An additional 10,000 people have become homeless because of the floods in the rest of Sri Lanka - , Ekanayake said.

The government plans to send emergency aid and shelter materials, Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said.

Aid agencies were evicted from rebel-held territory in September by the government, which said it could not guarantee their security amid the fighting.
Published: Sat Nov 29 09:16:11 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka sweeps series 5-0 after 19-run win
Associated Press, Sun November 30, 2008 12:23 EST . - - HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) Muttiah Muralitharan took five wickets Sunday to lead Sri Lanka to a 19-run win over Zimbabwe and a 5-0 sweep in the limited-overs series... Back to the top

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Sri Lanka : air force bombs rebel positions
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