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Scores killed in heavy fighting in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue December 16, 2008 13:12 EST . - - Colombo (dpa) - Heavy fighting in northern Sri Lanka - has left at least 120 rebels and 25 soldiers dead and 10 more soldiers missing, the Sri Lankan military reported Tuesday night.

The casualties were from fighting on several fronts in the Kilinochchi and Jaffna districts, more than 300 kilometres north of the capital on Tuesday, military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said.

Government troops have launched a series of operations to recapture rebel held areas in the northern part of the country, after vowing to crush the Tamil rebels, who have fought for 3 decades to create a sovereign Tamil state in the north-east of the country, before the end of the year.

The military spokesman said that at least 250 rebels and 160 soldiers have also been injured in Tuesday's fighting in the north.

The pro-rebel Tamilnet website said that the Tamil forces had killed at least 40 soldiers, a claim denied by the military spokesman.

In a separate incident late Tuesday evening Tamil rebels launched a counter attack from a lagoon on the army forward defence lines at Kilaly, 380 kilometres north of the capital, but the military claimed they repulsed the attack destroying at least one rebel boat.

No details of the casualties were available immediately.

The recent fighting in the north has left over 300,000 persons displaced and adverse weather has made conditions more difficult. dpa ad jbl
Published: Tue Dec 16 16:15:28 EST 2008

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Radio: Sri Lankan troops capture rebels command hub
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Sri Lankan troops take more Tiger territory in new push: military+
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Sri Lanka Economic Growth Slows to 6.3% on Exports
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Minister accuses DIG of illegal acts
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rttnews.com, 16 december. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger Rebels Accused Of Rights Abuses 12/15/2008 5:49 PM ET (RTTNews) - A report released by the Human Rights Watch on Monday accused the Tamil Tiger rebels of carrying out human rights abuses in Sri Lanka by increasing their forced recruitment of youth and by forcing civilians to do labor work near the frontlines... Back to the top

Government troops capture rebel-held village in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon December 15, 2008 05:31 EST . Colombo (dpa) - Government troops took control of a rebel-held village in northern Sri Lanka as they pressed the offensive into the the last strongholds of Tamil insurgents, the Defence Ministry said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Credit Rating Cut to B by Standard Poorís
bloomberg.com, Dec 15, 2008. Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankaís credit rating was cut to five levels below investment grade by Standard & Poorís, citing mounting public debt and political and security concerns. The nationís long-term foreign currency rating was lowered by one notch to B from B+, S&P said in a statement today... Back to the top

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