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DECEMBER 6, 2008 EST, USA
 
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Sri Lanka : Part of rebel-held highway seized
Associated Press, Sat December 6, 2008 08:10 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military captured a rebel-held village Saturday, bringing half of a main highway leading to the rebels' de facto capital of Kilinochchi under government control, the military said.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said soldiers took control of Kanagarayankulam village, creating a link with other government-captured villages and putting 30 miles (48 kilometers) of rebel-held highway under military control.

About 30 miles of the highway remain in rebel hands.

The road linking the northern Jaffna peninsula to the rest of the country had been under rebel control for the past 10 years, and except for a few years under a cease-fire it has been closed for civilian use.

Nanayakkara said casualty details from the battle were not available.

Meanwhile, air force jets bombed two rebel locations in the island's north, where government troops are trying to capture Kilinochchi, the military said in a statement.

Fighter jets targeted a rebel stronghold and a mortar-launching position in the Paranthan area, 2 1/2 miles (four kilometers) north of the rebel headquarters, it said.

Pilots confirmed the raids were successful, the military said, without giving casualty details.

Rebel officials could not be contacted for comment because most communication lines to rebel territory have been severed.

The military has increased its air strikes on northern targets in recent weeks in a bid to soften rebel resistance to soldiers trying to enter Kilinochchi.

Authorities have vowed to crush the rebels and end their 25-year separatist campaign for an independent state for ethnic minority Tamils. Government troops have moved deep into rebel territory and captured a number of key bases and towns but are still locked in heavy battles at the edge of Kilinochchi.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the civil war.
Published: Sat Dec 6 08:44:54 EST 2008


Sri Lanka moves to take key highway inside rebel territory: military
google.com, Nov 5, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lankan troops leading a heavy offensive against Tamil separatists have secured parts of a key highway running through rebel-held territory, the defence ministry said on Friday.

Security forces cleared a stretch of 21 kilometres (13 miles) of the main A-9 highway in an area that had been in no-man's land after the latest military thrust, defence officials said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Dec 5 09:00:47 EST 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lankan military jets bomb rebel positions
Associated Press, Sat December 6, 2008 04:18 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force jets bombed two Tamil Tiger rebel locations Saturday in the island's north, where government troops are trying to capture the insurgents' de facto capital, the military said.

Fighter jets targeted a rebel stronghold and a mortar launching position in the Paranthan area north of the rebel headquarters at Kilinochchi, the military said in a statement.

Pilots confirmed that the raids were successful, it said, without giving casualty details.

Rebel officials could not be contacted for comment because most communication lines to rebel territory have been severed.

The military has increased its air strikes on northern targets in recent weeks in a bid to soften rebel resistance to soldiers trying to enter Kilinochchi.

Government troops have been able to move deep into rebel territory and capture a number of key bases and towns but are still locked in heavy battles at the edge of Kilinochchi.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent state for ethnic minority Tamils. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.
Published: Sat Dec 6 08:44:33 EST 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka jets hit Tiger positions as ground battles rage: military
google.com, 6 Dec 08. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka's airforce staged a series of bombing raids against suspected Tamil Tiger targets as ground troops fought fierce battles on several fronts, the defence ministry said on Saturday... Back to the top

Rebuking Pakistan will not solve India’s dilemma
merinews, 6 Dec 2008. The answer to this was not hard to find. India has always treated its neighbours in a step-brotherly fashion... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says captures 100 rebel boats
reuters.com, Fri Dec 5. COLOMBO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military said on Friday it had captured more than 100 small boats used by the separatist Tamil Tigers, after soldiers seized a coastal village while marching toward the last big port held by the rebels... Back to the top

EU allocates extra aid for displaced in Sri Lanka , laments killing
Associated Press, Fri December 5, 2008 05:58 EST . - - Brussels (dpa) - The European Commission said Friday it was increasing its aid to Sri Lanka - by 2 million euros (2.5 million dollars) to help more than 300,000 people displaced by floods... Back to the top

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