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Military within kissing distance of Kilinochchi: Lanka army, Dec 7. Colombo, Dec 7 (PTI) Sri Lankan troops have inflicted heavy casualties on the LTTE as the army moved within "kissing distances" of the rebels' political capital Kilinochchi in the embattled northern part of the country, officials said today.

In fierce clashes between government troops and the Tamil Tigers for control of Kilinochchi, 330 kilometres north of Colombo, at least 14 rebels were killed, officials said.

"According to battlefield reports, TF1 and 57 Div troops are now positioned in kissing distances to the outer defence lines of the LTTE's administrative heartland and main garrison township at Kilinochchi," the defence ministry said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Dec 7 13:09:05 EST 2008

Colombo reports advances into LTTE areas, Dec 07, 2008. OLOMBO: The military on Sunday claimed to be advancing on multi-fronts into parts under LTTE control in Kilinochchi and Mullathivu districts. In the most upbeat statement on the status of the current phase of hostilities the Defence Ministry said here, “Pushing an end to the 30-year-odd terrorist cause and the most prolonged, single handed counter terrorist campaign in South Asia, Sri Lankan security forces are advancing in multi-fronts with 7 offensive divisions.” It claimed that troops were now positioned in “kissing distances” to the outer defence lines of the LTTE’s administrative heartland and main garrison township at Kilinochchi. “Kilinochchi is considered to be a vital battle terrain and the More...
Published: Sun Dec 7 23:40:07 EST 2008 Back to the top

India will not listen to jokers in Tamil Nadu: SLA chief
HT, Dec 7. Sri Lankan army (SLA) chief Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka is not known to mince his opinions; some say the opinions sometimes border on indiscretion. On Sunday, he called Tamil Nadu politicians “jokers’’ and said the Indian government would not listen to their demands for a ceasefire in Sri Lanka.

Fonseka further alleged the politicians were “bribed’’ by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to make allegations that Tamil civilians were being killed by the SLA.

Fonseka said the LTTE separatist ideology would damage India’s sovereignty. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Dec 7 13:09:08 EST 2008 Back to the top

Lanka seeks India help to "finish" LTTE faster
TOI, December 7. COLOMBO: Assuring India that innocent Tamils are not being harmed in the ongoing conflict with the LTTE, Sri Lankan Army Chief Sarath Fonseka has sought help from New Delhi in island nation's bid to "finish" the Tiger rebels faster... Back to the top

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... 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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka jets hit Tiger positions as ground battles rage: military, 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

CMs 'agree' to dissolving PCs
BBC Sinhala News, 7 Dec 2008. Chief Ministers (CMs) in Sri Lanka have given their consent to dissolve some Provincial Councils (PCs), a Chief Minister said... Back to the top

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