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Sri Lankan military repels Tamil counterattack
Associated Press, Thu December 25, 2008 10:43 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers thwarted a Tamil Tiger rebel counterattack in the embattled north, killing at least 18 guerrillas while air force fighter jets bombed militants building fortifications to protect their de facto capital, the military said Thursday. With reporters banned from the war zone, Sri Lanka's media must rely largely on government and rebel statements for information about the war.

Officials have pledged to crush the guerrillas by the end of the year.

The Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils, who have suffered decades of marginalization at the hands of governments controlled by the Sinhalese majority. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.
Published: Thu Dec 25 11:15:40 EST 2008


Sri Lankan military: Heavy fighting rages in north
Associated Press, Thu December 25, 2008 03:42 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers found the bodies of three Tamil Tiger rebels killed in the latest fighting in the embattled northern region as air force fighter jets bombed militants building fortifications to protect their de facto capital, the military said Thursday. With reporters banned from the war zone, Sri Lanka - 's media must rely largely on government and rebel statements for information about the war.

Officials have pledged to crush the guerrillas by the end of the year.

The Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils, who have suffered decades of marginalization at the hands of governments controlled by the Sinhalese majority. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.Discuss this story
Published: Thu Dec 25 05:39:02 EST 2008 Back to the top

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ptinews.com, dec 26. Colombo, Dec 25 (PTI) Sri Lankan military has repulsed a counter-attack by the Tamil Tigers in the island's embattled north killing at least 18 rebels, days after turning down a request from the country's bishops for a Christmas ceasefire.

Fourteen LTTE cadres were killed in Chinnaparanthan area in the rebels' de facto capital of Kilinochchi from where the guerrillas had launched a counter-offensive, the army said today.

The troops later recovered bodies of another four rebels from the restive region, officials said.

The bodies of three LTTE cadres along with two T-56 weapons and one T-81 weapon were recovered during a search operation by security forces from the area east and north of Adampan in Kilinochchi, the army said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Dec 25 08:26:38 EST 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lankan fighter jets pound rebels
Associated Press, Wed December 24, 2008 04:22 EST . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan fighter jets bombed rebel positions along the front lines in the north Wednesday as ground forces captured a hidden runway used by the Tamil Tiger air wing, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan troops find third LTTE air strip in Mullaitivu
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Furor grows in Sri Lanka over move to publish child-porn photos+
Associated Press, Wed December 24, 2008 01:42 EST . COLOMBO, Dec. 24 (Kyodo) An attempt by the Sri Lanka police to publish photographs of girls, some of them minors, appearing in seized pornographic films has drawn angry protests with a newspaper saying Wednesday the girls will be ''branded for life.'' The head of Sri Lanka's National Child Protection Authority, Sarath Amunugama, was quoted in the news report as saying there should be further discussion with various state authorities dealing with women and children before a final course of action is decided. ''We don't usually publish photos or names of those less than 18 years because it could lead to physical and mental stress on victims or suspects,'' he said... Back to the top

PCB to meet Sri Lankan officials to save tour
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