The ongoing offensive to capture last major rebel base in the eastern province entered a new phase during last week as the army deployed the commando regiment to carry out pre emptive strikes on strategic tiger gathering points. The deployment comes as Special Forces units of the 1st and 2nd Special Forces regiments successfully infiltrated rebel held territory inside dense Thoppigala jungle.
The LTTE lost 25 of its eastern cadres to army's ground and aerial assaults during last week. Bodies of 7 LTTE cadres who were killed in a direct confrontation with army Commandos were handed over to the ICRC. One of the few remaining LTTE leaders, Nagesh, was also reported to have received non fatal injuries in this firefight. 4 more LTTE cadres who were spying on Black Bridge and Monkey Bridge army camps were sniped by army Snipers. In addition to the ground attacks, the Air Force carried out several airstrikes on pre identified locations in Thoppigala area. Damages caused by these airstrikes are not yet verifiable.
LTTE's much feared Jeyanthan Brigade has not been able to prevent the army Special Forces operations inside rebel held area so far.