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DECEMBER 27, 2008 EST, USA
 
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Sri Lanka says jets bomb rebel leader s known hideouts
reuters.com, 27 Dec 2008. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan jets bombed hideouts of the leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday as heavy fighting continued around the self-proclaimed rebel capital.

Air raids on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakara's known hideouts in the far north of the island nation came as fighting around the town of Kilinochchi intensified, an air force official said.

Air Force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said the "targets were taken accurately" but gave no details of casualties or damage.

The LTTE had no immediate comment Sri Lanka' military has been closing in on Kilinochchi since More...

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Published: Sat Dec 27 05:17:22 EST 2008


Karunanidhi asks Centre to depute Pranab to Sri Lanka
hindu.com, 27 Dec 2008. Chennai (PTI): Upping the ante on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, DMK President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Saturday made a "tearful appeal" to the Centre to immediately depute External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee to Colombo to make efforts to ensure a ceasefire there.

"We are ready to even sacrifice our lives for the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils. Every minute wasted by the Centre (in ensuring ceasefire) is a Tamil life lost...We make a tearful appeal to the Centre to immediately send Mukherjee to Sri Lanka, as promised by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh," Karunanidhi said at the DMK general council after being elected President for the tenth time.

"We are waiting for him to go to Sri Lanka and are hopeful of a solution," he said.

The DMK's biggest challenge lay in saving the lives of Sri Lankan Tamils...this effort should be in line with the policies of the government of India, he said. More...

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Published: Sat Dec 27 10:01:36 EST 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lankan military: Army seizes rebel-held town
Associated Press, Sat December 27, 2008 07:44 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers seized a town in a Tamil rebel stronghold after a 36-hour battle while air force jets bombed a hideout believed to have been visited by the Tamil Tigers' top leader, defense officials said Saturday.

Fighting has escalated in recent months in the 25-year-old civil war, and troops have captured a series of rebel bases and large chunks of territory in the north.

Troops took control of Mulliawalai town in Mullaittivu district on Friday after the gunbattle, the defense ministry said in a statement. It provided no casualty figures.

The military says its ground forces, backed by artillery, armored vehicles, fighter jets and helicopter gunships, have forced the rebels to retreat from much of Mullaittivu on the northeast coast in recent weeks.

As part of that campaign, air force jets bombed a hideout deep in the jungle in Mullaittivu on Saturday, said air force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara. Rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran has reportedly visited the place several times.

He did not give details of casualties or damage, but said the pilots confirmed that ``they hit the target.''

Helicopter gunships also attacked Tamil positions in the rebel's de facto capital of Kilinochchi on Saturday, said Nanayakkara. Soldiers captured Nalanawakulam, a small rebel-held village near the city, said a military statement.

In recent weeks government forces have been locked in intense battles with Tamil guerillas on the edge of Kilinochchi and have made little progress.

Rebel spokesmen could not be contacted for comment because communications to much of the north have been severed. Reporters are banned from the war zone, so media 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.
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