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Troops near Mullathivu suburbs: Colombo, Sunday, Dec 14, 2008. COLOMBO: The Air Force on Saturday claimed to have launched a “string of air strikes targeting LTTE battlefield fortifications” south of Kilinochchi and west of Paranthan.

Air Force spokesperson Janaka Nanayakkara said six missions had been completed and these attacks were being carried out to support the Army’s 57 Division and Task Force 1.

The military said soldiers were approaching Kilinochchi from the west and south.

“The town has been treated with a great symbolic importance by the terrorists who had their administrative hub until recently.

Heavy clashes prevailed in the area during last couple of days as the terrorists gave heavy resistance to the soldiers marching in,” it said.

The Defence Ministry said the troops, after successfully clearing LTTE from the Naganchola forest reserve, were now entering Mullathivu’s suburbs.

“Daylong offensives were carried out by the 3 Brigades of the Division, closing in on the LTTE’s main military bastion in Mullathivu, taking three different approaches,” it said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Dec 14 10:27:30 EST 2008

Lankan jets pound LTTE stronghold, 12 rebels killed: army, 13 december. Colombo, Dec 13 (PTI) Sri Lankan fighter jets pounded LTTE political capital Kilinochchi amid fierce clashes between the military and Tamil Tigers that left at least 12 rebels killed in the embattled northern part of the Island nation, officials said today.

Lankan jets launched a string of air strikes targeting LTTE battlefield fortifications located in the south Kilinochchi, 330 kilometres north of Colombo, and the West of Paranthan areas since early this morning.

"The attacks are being carried out in support of the Army 57 Division and the Task Force-1," Air Force spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said.

Fighter jets bombed six locations to the west and northwest Kilinochchi, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. According to military sources, LTTE radio transmissions have confirmed serious damages to the rebel fighters during the clashes.

Reports of fighting have increased in recent months amid government's efforts to crush the Tamil separatists. Fighting has flared after the government in January pulled out of the 2002 cease-fire pact with the rebels.

Advancing troops of the Task Force 3 forged into LTTE positions in general area Karuppaddamurippu, East of Olumadu, leading to injuries to over a dozen LTTE cadres yesterday at the western Mullaitticu battle front, the military said. More...
Published: Sat Dec 13 15:09:33 EST 2008 Back to the top

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LTTE suicide boat recovered after fierce gun-battle: Sri Lanka, December 14. Colombo (IANS): Sri Lankan ground troops operating in the coastal forest district of Mullaitivu fought fierce gunbattles with Tamil Tiger rebels and recovered a "suicide boat" during a subsequent search, the military said here on Sunday. The military authorities said that a fierce gunbattle broke at Kumulamunai in the rebel heartland of Mullaitivu Saturday and lasted nearly two hours, and the rebels suffered "heavy damages" during the confrontation. "Troops sustained minor damages. Troops recovered a boat, to be used in a suicide attack, during a search operation conducted in the same area," the military said Sunday, adding that similar confrontations also took place in the adjoining areas Saturday. More...
Published: Sun Dec 14 12:23:24 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lankan military: Battle kills 2 Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Sun December 14, 2008 07:17 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan police commandoes attacked and killed two Tamil Tiger rebels on Sunday in the country's east, an area captured by government forces a year ago, the military said... Back to the top

Lankan army's success against LTTE unparalleled: Rajapaksa, 14 december. Colombo, Dec 14 (PTI) With the Sri Lankan forces zeroing in on the Kilinochchi, the political capital of LTTE, President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said the ongoing military operation in the north had no parallels in the world... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gains GSP+ extension from EU
China V iew, 13 Dec 2008. COLOMBO, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka will continue to enjoy the GSP+ (Generalized System of Preferences Plus) duty-free access to the European Union (EU) market for around 6,400 tariff lines, from January 1, 2009 to the end of 2011, a leading English newspaper reported Friday.

According to the Sri Lankan government's official newspaper Daily News, the EU has decided to extend this facility for another three years to Sri Lanka and 15 other developing countries, under the EU's special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance... Back to the top

3 policemen arrested for aiding rebels in Sri Lankan capital, 2008-12-14 18:35:25. COLOMBO, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan police said Sunday that three policemen have been arrested for aiding Tamil Tiger rebels who are in war with government troops. "They have extorted money and terrorized people in order to embarrass the government," Police spokesman Ranjith Gunasekere told reporters... Back to the top

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