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DECEMBER 18, 2008 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 9, NO. 257

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Sri Lanka says Tiger defences captured
google.com, 17 december. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lankan troops have captured Tamil Tiger defences near the rebels' political headquarters after heavy fighting, the government said Thursday.

Soldiers were conducting "counter-terrorist operations" along the northern and northwestern defences of Kilinochchi, the political capital of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the defence ministry said.

It said the military carried out at least 10 bombing sorties against Tamil Tiger positions on Wednesday as ground troops faced stiff rebel resistance.

The LTTE said it repelled the multi-pronged offensive by government forces, killing 170 soldiers and wounding 420 on Tuesday and Wednesday. More...
Published: Thu Dec 18 15:25:39 EST 2008

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Sri Lanka steps up air strikes after heavy ground battles
google.com, 17 december. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lanka stepped up air attacks in the north Wednesday, a day after troops and Tamil Tigers fought intense ground battles around the rebels' stronghold that left hundreds dead and wounded.

Military officials said the air force was called in to bomb suspected Tiger "strong points" around Kilinochchi.

Security forces carried out simultaneous ground attacks against Tamil Tiger defences around Kilinochchi and on the Jaffna peninsula on Tuesday, the defence ministry said.

In a rare statement announcing casualty figures, the ministry said 25 troops had been killed, with another 10 missing and 160 wounded, while an estimated 120 Tigers were killed and 250 wounded. More...
Published: Wed Dec 17 09:00:36 EST 2008 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan troops press into rebel strongholds
Associated Press, Wed December 17, 2008 01:19 EST . - - Colombo (dpa) Fighting between government troops and Tamil separatist rebels intensified in northern Sri Lanka - as troops pressed into rebel strongholds, military officials said Wednesday. y in majority-Sinhalese Sri Lanka - .

Government troops have captured parts of the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts during the past three months, but recent rains and rebel resistance has slowed down the army offensive.

The operations to recapture rebel-held areas in the Northern and Eastern provinces were launched in August 2006. The entire Eastern Province and parts of the Northern Province have since been retaken, the government said.

According to military estimates, more than 12,000 rebels and 2,500 soldiers have been killed in combat since August 2006, but there is no independent confirmation of those figures. dpa ad tl ls
Published: Wed Dec 17 20:03:00 EST 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka , rebels locked in battle
Associated Press, Wed December 17, 2008 08:06 EST . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan fighter jets and attack helicopters pummeled rebel fortifications across the north Wednesday, the government said, a day after a series of raging battles killed scores of fighters... Back to the top

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