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Troops capture fresh LTTE-held town in north: Sri Lanka, 1/12/2008. Sri Lankan troops backed by artillery and mortar bombardment Monday captured yet another Tamil Tiger rebel stronghold amid fierce resistance, defence authorities said here. The defence ministry announced that the troops launching a pre-dawn operation captured the strategic town of Kokkavil in the north on the Jaffna-Kandy main highway. More...
Published: Mon Dec 1 07:52:21 EST 2008
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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 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka s white van syndrome, Monday, 1 December 2008. The Sri Lankan government claims to be on the verge of delivering a knockout blow to the Tamil Tigers. But in its pursuit of victory, has the government lost the chance of lasting peace?In 2006, an internationally brokered ceasefire between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) broke down. Since then the government has been determined to win the civil war that began 25 years ago and has cost well over 70,000 lives. On the battlefield, the Sri Lankan army has been remarkably successful. The Tamil Tigers have been pushed out of their traditional strongholds in the Eastern province and are now fighting for survival in the remote north. More...
Published: Mon Dec 1 20:25:07 EST 2008 Back to the top

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... 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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