Saturday, February 2, 2008

Security in Colombo tightened ahead of independence day

With only three more days to go for the Independence day, security in Colombo has been beefed up significantly. A large number of troops from the Army, Air Force, Police and the Police Special Task Force (STF) have been deployed in the City of Colombo fearing LTTE attacks to disrupt the proceedings of the independence day. Military Intelligence had previously warned about possible LTTE attacks during this period targeting both military and civilian targets in the south.

Meanwhile a team of 94 commandos from the Police Special Task Force (STF) passed out yesterday after completing a 3 month long training exercise. Their specialized training was centered around combating terrorism in civilian populated areas. STF has been assigned a major role in security of Colombo after the recent bombings. It currently employs around 8000 highly trained commandos recruited both from within and externally from the police.

Despite security concerns, Sri Lanka is set to celebrate independence day with a show of military might. The Army, Navy, Air Force, Civil Defence Force and the Police are to take part in the independence day parade. SLN is set to show off it's warships SLNS Suranimala, SLNS Sayura, SLNS Sagara and SLNS Samudura along with a range of other Fast Attack Crafts. Air Force will have its own display of Kfirs, Mig27s, F-7s, Mi-24s and various other transport aircraft during the ceremony. According to our information, army's newly formed mechanized infantry brigade too is set to take part in the parade. 

In other news the "Dayata Kirula" exhibition is set to feature a lot of weapons, vehicles and utilities used by the tri forces of Sri Lanka. In addition to these, arms captured from LTTE including their 30 feet long sea tiger vessel "Indumathi" will also be shown in the exhibition. 

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  2. apparently there are a lot of questions raised in the last two threads which we havent answered. Since we are short on time we'll answer some of those generally.

    Regarding casualty figures:

    Casualty figures released by MCNS are not always correct. The main reason for faulty figures is because they publish without waiting for verification. So in the end only 50-75% of the claimed figures are the actual damage done to LTTE (note that this is not always the case).
    This is the same, if not worse, with Tamilnet. Tamilnet too inflates SLA casualties while downplaying their own. In addition to this Tamilnet is well known for writing completely fabricated stories (ex- Story regarding SLA burying the dead in some delta). This is an art they have perfected so it's difficult to tell which real and which is not.

    Regarding the operation in Nagarkovil:

    Well as we said before the main idea was to disrupt LTTE FDL not to capture it. The strategy is part of a much larger operation spanned across multiple phases and involving 5 fronts. 53rd and 55th division will keep the pressure from Northern front while 57,58 and 59 will advance into Wanni from Vavuniya, Mannar and Weli-Oya respectively. This is the basic plan for this phase.
    Capturing the northern FDL is not important as of this moment. LTTE cannot mount a successful offensive to capture Jaffna without a proper FDL. So in a sense they will be trapped in Wanni as long as their FDL is broken. If we go for a land grab here, fail (we have failed twice so far in Eelam War 4 so it’s possible once more) and LTTE does mount a successful attack on Jaffna on top of it, it would jeopardize the whole mission. Besides if the army is to achieve anything from capturing those lines, they will have to march till Elephant Pass and connect Jaffna through land route. Rushing something like that could endanger the lives of 50000 troops in the peninsula.

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  3. There are some rumours that more than 40 LTTE suicide cadres in Colombo or south area. Therefore security forces have to be extremely careful about whole celebration.
    Also on the other had we should celebrate 60th independence day without fear of LTTE..this is for all of us Sinhala, Tamil & Muslims

    Let's hope suicide cadres could be controled .how about the other types of methods they could use such as sing a motor attack or sniper etc….? are there any precautions have been laid down to prevent those ?

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  4. "how about the other types of methods they could use such as sing a motor attack or sniper etc….? are there any precautions have been laid down to prevent those ?"

    As for snipers, all high buildings in and around gall face will be monitored and the VIPs will most likely use the bullet proof screen during their speeches.
    Another thing we have to worry about is a Kamikaze style attack by air tigers. MI has warned that the next air tiger strike could be a suicide attack.

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  5. Scores of LTTE bunkers destroyed: Colombo

    LINK

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  6. if tamilnet keeps on lieing like this no one take notice them like the boy who cried wolf when they would eventually say a truth one day (unlickly as it may sound) no one would believe them

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  7. me personnaly only defence sites i trust are defencewire and defencenet

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  8. I dont think taht february the 4th is an independence day, in reality we never gained independence and solidarity, neo colonialists still try to rules us not by the redcoat with musket but by the diplomat with a cheque book.
    True independence can only be gained if we destroy all our foes and say to the world that we are untouchable.

    No matter how much I admire D.S Senanayake for helping our dear country, I cannot get over the fact that he had to lick the Englishman's boot to gain our independance. if only veera puran appu, Gongolegoda Banda, Konkubure Rate Rala, veera Keppitapola were successful they were only defeated due to traitors like moligoda and don juan dharmapala.

    Ranil should be renamed Don Juan Ranilpala

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  9. DefenceNet..when you have the time..what is the feasibility of tigers attacking colombo harbour on the 4th.?..Also what is to stop the tigers from launching a suicide boat attack on naval assets in and around gallface?..because the problem here is to get tiger arms ships through..

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  10. Sri Lankan patriots must boycott this ceremony as a protest to the government as since the independence the man in the street has gradually lost his liberty to the thugs, bent coppers, rough politicians. There's no freedom for us, so don’t bother1 So let the crooked politicians enjoy their freedom and for a short measure enjoy the wroth of the terrorists that will be lurking in those areas. One good idea to celebrate is to ask Mervin aiya to collect his goons to breakdown the media officers, because it may enhance their freedom. Just forget it! I will stay at home and watch Independence day,a bit of a fancy…

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  11. @ Defencenet & guys

    who are these guys wearing red & who is the soldier wearing green ?
    (if it is ok to tell)
    LINK

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  12. some one show us expatriates a way to see this celebration

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  13. Please people look out for bomb attack by people dress as utility, telephone providers, ice cream vendors, other vendors, and even VIP vehicles. Likelihood of a Bus bombing a very likely. People keep a eye on bomb parcels. If you see a suspicious parcel let the bomb squared of the police handle it--not anybody else. Please immediately evacuate ALL the people before defusing. LTTE will try to prove on Independence day that our country is not safe and try to scare the public into submission of terrorism. Remember plastic explosives cannot be detected by metal detectors. I suggest general public keep a very safe distance from the VIPs. Remember very recent Benari Butto's assassination shooting coincide with bombing. VIP should be also careful of Snipers as well as remote controlled Bombing. VIPs should be careful of terrorist impersonating police, STF, Commandos, Army, and AirForce personals to conduct attacks.

    Hope we enjoy a safe Independence Day!

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  14. red are commandos and green soldier is sf
    The black beret is for SF
    the red one for COmmando

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  15. http://www.nation.lk/2008/01/27/news4.htm-commander karuna tortured in prison..a sad read.now if he is charged with war crimes..does it mean that vp will get a KBE?

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  16. HOW TAMILE MEDIA FOOL TAMIL DIASPORA

    VERY GOOD EXAMPLE...

    Please Compare These Two Photos & Then Decide...


    Photo 1:
    Tamil Editors .Com

    Photo 2:
    World Prout Assembly .Org

    Please explane me how it's possible.
    A man died in Iraq in 2006 becomes a Sri Lankan soldier in 2008 ???

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  17. lol i thin that the ltte has invented a teleportation device

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  18. @sadun

    maybe that person came back to life & join SLA

    LOL !

    sandun great find :)

    Note:

    Sri lanka has no Immigration system

    Iraq citizen can't become Sri lankan citizen

    Foreigners can't join the SLA

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  19. the person in the picture may rest in peace

    i will pray today :)

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  20. There is a possibility that LTTE will launch a massive attack..Even an attack on Fighter jets cannot be ruled out..
    Since LTTE knows that , VVIP's will attend this, they might even consider a suicide Air mission in the area..
    February 3 that is Sunday and day prior to the actual event will be even more crusual..The LTTE might choose this day to lanuch an attck on GOSL assets in and around GALLE FACE..This will be more surprising than an attack on the Independance Day( since people will be more relaxed prior to the Independance day).

    Please be very vigilent..

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  21. http://www.asiantribune.com/?q=node/9409

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  22. Patriot akka
    I beg to differ about old DS,Rate rala and Keppetipola.
    I wonder where rate Rale and the likes of Kappetipola were when the humble people of Sri lanka was terrorised by Rajasinghe and his nayakeyas from SIndia,?Do you know why the Kandyan Convention was signed? Who ruled Kandy since 1815,Was he a tyrant, a criminal or a suppressor? Did he not speak fluent Sinhalese,ate our food, lived like a native,lovingly fed by the natives? Did you know if he was responsible for our schools,hospitals,our courts of law, our administration, our roads and rails, tea estates, and he is buried there in Kandy, where another tyrant in the making is now settled in his beautiful house. I wonder what rate Rala or Keppetipola(before lost his useless head) done for us, prior to colonials came? They were more like invited. So if Prabakaran has ruled from Kandy, you expect the likes of Raterala to save him from anyone who has come to help us?
    By the way DS is was respected by the colonials and the so called independence is given to us on a plate and we never fought for it and now we never valued it and he has never licked any boots..It seems you live abroad, perhaps enjoying the values of the affluent countries like UK,US.Canada and US, and dream about this none existing dream about our inependance.Half my life is spend in SL and live among the humble people and I know their pain and sufferings. So stuff this Independence, bring back what we lost in 1948. This happened to be my birthday, so it means lot to me.
    Just look at Iraq and the mad war lords and they are no different to our Kappitepolas and Magugalles who showed no pity to our people, learnt their wicked ways from the tyrants who ruled our humble island, mostly imported from South India. Might as well ask prabakaran to takeover, if we want to repeat our dark history.

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  23. One person who abandoned the tiger organization told me few years ago, that they trained pilots to handle sea planes and helicopters in various training schools, perhaps may be working with the Maldives tourist industry, as a sleeper, then strike at the right moment, flying from the unexpected direction, the sea on the West. If the air craft that they used may have floating facilities to land on water off Kalpitiya,the reason for their sudden disappearance without a trace. There was a belief that they used them to land and take their VIPs out of vanni by these sea plane. Some one else also told the MI in one of the Embassies that they have imported a few micro lites are sheltered in the south. They might come into action, as TC uttered about destroying the infrastructure. Some things he(this ex) had said has happened, people concerned was informed ahead of…, Perhaps this is all nonsense I honestly don’t know. It would be advisable for government to save much needed money and abandon this extravaganza and ritual.

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  24. thank you DN for the answer; however, the success or otherwise of this strategy can be best seen in the coming weeks.

    i personally think that the independance day celebrations must be cut down this time.
    1. if blooody tigers attack it many childredn, civilians, politicians, VIPs may suffer
    2. it may allow tigers to target elsewhere
    3. it takes a colosal amount of money
    4. all our weapons that we display are foreign ones purchased from the money earned by our house maids going through hell.
    5. we need not show to the world that we boast about a military campaign too much as it can anger our donors.

    however there may be VALID reasons for the extravaganza that i can't see.

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  25. Casualty figures released by MCNS are not always correct. The main reason for faulty figures is because they publish without waiting for verification. So in the end only 50-75% of the claimed figures are the actual damage done to LTTE (note that this is not always the case).

    in another place it said the SLA casualties were only 10% of that of the LTTE. i guess this is the pre-adjusted figure?

    ex. if MCNS reported 100 LTTE deaths the actual damage would be 50-75 and SLA casualties are 10.
    or is it 5-8?

    it may be 10 because the MCNS KNOWS the SLA casualties by then although they don't know about LTTE figuers.

    it may well be 5-8

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  27. @Sandun...!
    THAT WAS AWSOME FINDING..!
    thanx mate..
    just check ..they didnt even change the name of the jpeg... :)
    fools..!!!

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  28. Why is it called 'tiger unit' of STF? Any one knows? (dailymirror photo)

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  29. One billion barrels of oil / gas in mannar..

    http://www.dailynews.lk/2008/02/02/news22.asp

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  30. kevin tell me know are you white man or a sri lankan, Swear if said that shit in my face I would beat the fuck out of you piece of shit, only two guys tried to teach me this kind of neo colonialist and NGO propaganda and one them's got a fake tooth and the other one cannot see properly with his left eye.

    How dare you disgrace the heroism of our ancestors. so were not the British empire murderers, tyrants and warlords, so you say the uwa wellasa massacres when all men over the age of 15 was killed and women and girls raped were mere pieces of statistical data in one small island full of savages (who surprisingly created some of the greatest architectural and mechanical wonders of the world) the British raped, pillaged and massacred where ever they went. Queen Victoria and here battalion of politicians and aristocrats are no different from Prabhakaran and and his cohorts of murderers.

    The only reason they built tea plantations was for economic income to there empire, they used slaves from india (tamils who still cause us problems) to work in these plantations and provide her majesty with tea. The road and railways were built so that redcoats would be easier to transport to kill our patriots and schools were set up to create a social elite of Anglicans that were given the power over the sinhalese buddhist majority

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  32. Do not try to talk to me about the history of my dear country I am half your age yet I have balls and the brains twice as great

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  33. @sandun
    Brilliant finding…this all about LTTE ..they use Iraqi dead body for their propaganda…this pathetic inhuman ..everyone should understand who they are…
    So noq we can we can understand why they kill Tamil children for the cause?

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  35. yes rajasingha was tyrant and and a warlord he was a nayakkar king that means that he was a tamil king thats why ehelepola the great rebelled against him.

    Do not dishonour the name of keppitipola and gongolegoda banda the latter was my ancestor and if you say that the British hunting down and killing half of my family is good then come and talk to me this friday, the venue would be your choice

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  36. patriot aka Senkadagala Sinhaya aka Dush

    You sounds almost like World Famous Asithri...lol.

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  37. (out of topic)

    Kevin,

    patriot aka... contrasted between DS and earlier sinhala leaders and gave his view. It is just a comparision and doesn't say any one was perfect. It doesn't suggest going back to any age either. It doesn't refer about the king either rather british rule.

    So your reply is mostly unreleted to patriot aka..'s comments. Besides that I don't agree with you on your comments. You questioned Keppetipola etc, living in year 2000 cyber world. This is not fair. You should 'go back' to kandian kindom to judge some one's acts at that time. Means evaluate him within the context at that time, not today's one. This is what I think.

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  38. if there are any real lankan patriots here they would answer my call and read the comment by Kevin
    I beg to differ about old DS,Rate rala and Keppetipola.
    I wonder where rate Rale and the likes of Kappetipola were when the humble people of Sri lanka was terrorised by Rajasinghe and his nayakeyas from SIndia,?Do you know why the Kandyan Convention was signed? Who ruled Kandy since 1815,Was he a tyrant, a criminal or a suppressor? Did he not speak fluent Sinhalese,ate our food, lived like a native,lovingly fed by the natives? Did you know if he was responsible for our schools,hospitals,our courts of law, our administration, our roads and rails, tea estates, and he is buried there in Kandy, where another tyrant in the making is now settled in his beautiful house. I wonder what rate Rala or Keppetipola(before lost his useless head) done for us, prior to colonials came? They were more like invited. So if Prabakaran has ruled from Kandy, you expect the likes of Raterala to save him from anyone who has come to help us?
    By the way DS is was respected by the colonials and the so called independence is given to us on a plate and we never fought for it and now we never valued it and he has never licked any boots..It seems you live abroad, perhaps enjoying the values of the affluent countries like UK,US.Canada and US, and dream about this none existing dream about our inependance.Half my life is spend in SL and live among the humble people and I know their pain and sufferings. So stuff this Independence, bring back what we lost in 1948. This happened to be my birthday, so it means lot to me.
    Just look at Iraq and the mad war lords and they are no different to our Kappitepolas and Magugalles who showed no pity to our people, learnt their wicked ways from the tyrants who ruled our humble island, mostly imported from South India. Might as well ask prabakaran to takeover, if we want to repeat our dark history.

    and show him the error of his ways

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  39. "It seems you live abroad, perhaps enjoying the values of the affluent countries like UK,US.Canada and US, and dream about this none existing dream about our inependance.Half my life is spend in SL and live among the humble people and I know their pain and sufferings"

    my friend I am more tahn familier with humble sri lankans, my family suddenly crashed down and went tumbling down the drain before i was born my parents were two poor to buy milk we lived in Colombo suburb of thalapathpitiya in a small rented room, my father couldn't get a job becuase he was accused of being JVP (his brother who was already killed even though he did not even believe in communism- the uncle who I never saw) and my mother worked as a nurse in sri JayawardanaPura Hospital as a staff nurse her wage was barley enough for all of us our uncles and aunties also lived with us since all our land was lost. and my parent didn't even eat on some days at all just so that I can eat get the proper nutrition a baby needs. when the facist bastard was killed we finally moved to our family home in kandy where we rose from the ashes, my mother had to work in oman as a staff nurse to get our family back on track she left me at the age of 4 for about 5 more years, My father knowing the importance of me laerning a foreign language taught me english with help from grandad and sent me to international school with my mom sending money for school fees. When my mother returned life seemed to suddenly click back my father got a good job as a tour guide and now here I am enjoying the fruits of a lifetime of hardwork and suffering.

    Dont you dare say my life was all fun and luxurious.

    now tell me what have you gone through in your life

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  40. @patriot aka Senkadagala

    very nice story :)

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  41. man these ltte are smart they can create time machine shit now we are going to loose the war

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  42. @patriot aka Senkadagala

    it was a complement !!

    why would i make fun of you ???

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  47. It is defencent's policy to delete delete not only racist comments but also comments with personal attacks. Isn't it?

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  51. Please do not engage in personal attacks here. It diverts the attention out of main topic

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  53. Man how many casualties in Dhambulla Blast ...7 or 13 ...? anyway its real sad man.....

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  54. OMG

    such language makes this blog ugly

    always swearing ! YUK !

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  55. @Shyam

    Dhambulla Blast ?

    what are u talking about

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  56. OMG ! :(

    Blast at Dambulla bus stand
    More than a dozen civilians are believed to have been killed in a bomb blast at the Dambulla bus stand a short while ago.

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  58. Patriot Akka
    I am from Kandy too,tuely sad to hear your story and I didn’t come from the same background,nevertherless I liked my friends and the country, forced to leave due to politicians and racist people in the north, having power in their hand, in 1960s threw my employee out of the country, putting all my friends out of jobs and before I left,2 of my good friends took their lives, out of shame without jobs etc.Mind set of our family never helped us to continue what this gentle men started. He was an industrialist and a scientist, we the young were very much fascinated by his theories to the future of the world and we did our part to create our own industry, well appreciated by Phillip Gunawardene and even JR and Dudly,but there were others who were in the north did not like what we were doing, when we expanded to that place and my friend was deported, a true friend of the country, not a peodophile,but a family man, who wants to help the poor.
    Came to UK,got myself educated, working and doing a business as well, but never forgot my country and my people,visting there, having a business there as well,primerley to support my country and give employment, with expecting no personal gain whatsoever. I like the good work of the past colonials, who has left a legacy that we are destroying,daily,needless to say as you can see for your self how advanced they are and I need that for my people too. Our leaders who talk like patriots and nationalist, talk rubbish about our history but indulge in all the western things in the west, but hypocritical enough to make offensive remark on these people, whose shelter they seek. I too had my bad share of the inserection in 1989 and I knew the situation in Kandy and the outer areas. I was there to sort things out 7 times in one year, just to cheer the unfortunate frightened people. I will do what I want without fear. I have met these pseudo patriots here much of the time, when it come to helping our people or go there to be with them, they take a back seat. Ours is the only country that talk and boast about our past, no other country does that, but we are bankrupt, right down corrupt, even lazy. we have to change our mindsets, follow the winners, that’s what you and I have done, and we must not be ashamed of it and be grateful to the freedom and other things we enjoy in the Western world and try and give our good fortunes to our people back home.4th is my birthday and my sons and my mum today and yesterday and we have sacrificed the big party we planned to send our patriotic brothers to Swiss to demonstrate in a few days. Good luck to you, no offence meant and god bless.

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  59. Kevin, you said:

    [Sri Lankan patriots must boycott this ceremony as a protest to the government as since the independence the man in the street has gradually lost his liberty to the thugs, bent coppers, rough politicians. There's no freedom for us, so don’t bother1]

    Man, this is bloody petty minded party-politics you are playing here! This is OUR national Independence Day…not bloody politicians’ and we will celebrate it without thinking of PARTY POLITICS! I have observed your posts in the past and seen a distinct anti-MR GOSL slant to it and that tells me you are nothing but a cheap, misguided RW pansy supporter…almost one could say an outright traitor…damn bloody shame that you take your partisan politics into something as important as our Independence Day and then denigrate our national heroes too!

    As for your knowledge of history about what individuals like Gongolegoda Banda, Konkubure Rate Rala, veera Keppitapola, etc. that “patriot aka Senkadagala…” said, I see you have some serious gaps in your SL history education! “patriot aka Senkadagala..” is bang-on in what he says and it is pathetic to see you denigrating our national heroes that ALL political parties (well, not the bloody Tamil “eelamists”) have now come to recognize and pay tribute to!

    Shame…damn bloody shame! When I see a bloody dog-tick like of you, I actually have more respect for the LTTE filthy lepers (as at least they are proud of their Tamil “national heros” like Elalan)!!!

    Now this is all a moot point if you are really not a true Sinhela patriot, but only masquerading here as one – as then none of this applies to you – as then to me, you are just another bloody Sankaraya! LMSSAO!!!

    OaO Asithri

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  60. patriot aka Senkadagala Sinhaya aka Dush

    [tangara, whos asthiri man]

    I am right here! Who else, moi! LMSSAO!

    Mate, I just responded to Kevin vis-à-vis the little “difference in pov” he had with you…in this instance, OaO Asithri agrees with you…not because he like to suck up to you (no, OaO Asithri never sucks up to anyone…rather he loves to suck the living-blood out of misbehaving SL un-patriots! LMSSAO!)

    By the way, Patriot aka Senkadagla… please do us all a favor and shorten your bloody name man…it drives me crazy to refer to your handle….lol!

    Cheers man,

    OaO Asithri

    p.s. Tangara: "World Famous Asithri" man, you are hilarious! I am not Famous, but rather Infamous! LMSSAO!!!

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  61. Good luck to you all and let’s hope that we could be united and look to the future,ther’s no other way. Bye my friends! I wouldn’t bother you again and I am sorry.

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  62. Looks like we just invited the most dangerous terrorist group to the most tempting target of all times.

    Would be interesting to see if Velu's people are incapable of at least disturbing this high profile party.

    When you go asking for trouble, it is bound to come half way to meet you.

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  63. Moshe / Blacker:

    I saw some earlier exchanges between you two (somewhat "animated" one could say...but hey, disagreement can be healthy as it makes us do more "realty checks" than we would do otherwise!).

    Pardon my encroaching on that old debate, but I thought I would just leave my humble opinion (that OaO Asithri is famous for!) for whatever it's worth as follows:

    In this instance, I wholeheartedly agree with Blacker as the concerted strategy currently employed by SLDF is to reduce LTTE numbers through steady attrition, but not necessarily to hold onto “real estate” at least not at this point in time.

    Moshe, believe me bro, this is a well thought out strategy on the part of our military strategists and it is paying steady dividends as we speak, with minimum KIA on our side and substantial KIA’s on LTTE’s side. Let me explain…the indisputable mathematical notion here that is actually quite simple (for example): why have the dwindling number of LTTE cadres be compelled to secure 500 sq-km (where they can be stronger due to the sheer strength in number for that area) when we can compel them to secure 1000 sq-km (where they are spread thinly and vulnerable to our “cherry picking”)? As the saying goes today in SLDF: “we will not die for our motherland, but we will make you die for yours” embodies the essence of this strategy.

    I have vehemently disagreed with Blacker on many occasions (as many of you know), but in this case, the man is right on the dime! Blacker: Kudos to you man!

    Moshe, I value your pov’s here bro very much and this opinion expression on my part in no way diminishes that assessment!

    Cheers,

    OaO Asithri

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  64. Kevin

    Come on man...be a sport!

    OaO Asithri sincerely asks you not to leave this forum as, notwithstanding what I said, you are still a valued contributor here…and I am sure DefenseNet will agree.

    My apologies bro...perhaps, I was a tad too impulsive in my response.

    I agree...we are all in this together bro...as at the end of the day, WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK!

    Cheers,

    OaO Asithri

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  65. @LKDOOD and Dush

    LKDOOD those two boys wareing maroon berets are from CDO. Dush, the guy who is waring the black beret and holding a MP5 is not from SF. He's from naval SBS.

    CDO cap badge
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:SLCR.png
    SF cap badge
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:SLASF.png

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  66. DefenceNet,

    The Mobile Radar/E-Optical mast unit @ the Navy display @ BMICH...is it the new one gifted by the US?? I mean the coastal radar.

    The Navies major surface vessels all together off galleface green would be a great target for the Sea tigers, especially if they have Light weight torpedoes. I’m sure all security arrangements are been made to counter any 3D attack possibilities.

    About the new STF unit: will they go after Urban terrorists cells like the Irish constabulary or the FBI tac teams in states other than carrying out guard duties?

    About the MID, the Type-89 APC is armed with only a 12.7mm HMG, don’t you think a 12.7mm/40mm AGL combination turret would suit their role better? They can have a 12.7mm W85 or Browning M2 with a 40mm AGL in coax. Just a thought.

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  67. Friends
    We wont get our country back, if we disunited and use bad words,etc.losing temper and abusive is negative. We must now look beyond the battles of the north and there’s no doubt that our heroic forces of a democratic country will win, as long as the politicians will let them. I am no UNPer,they drove me out in 60s and their thugs created this in83.I supported MR,only my friends and their party people knows how much of a risk I took to promote him in the EP.I can’t tell much more than that as I will be venerable very much. I had the good fortune to meet Denzil when he was here, met almost every weekend, thoughts mentioned here, we grew with it and that gives us strength, to what we do without fear, but might be very controversal.He helped me a lot during the problems we had at dodangaslanda estate. Those were dark days that we turned on our selves and he was sad. But he said that given the right opportunity and freedom, fighting this terrorists were nothing and he lead from the front and I am so happy to know him, from our very young days in Trincomalee street, Kandy where we were neighbours and even related. If we had him,W.Wijeratne(Brig) from galle and Rajan Wijeratne,we wouldn’t be loosing so much of our brave young. May those RIP.I am sorry I hate history, which we are not sure, wouldn’t look beyond what we knew. we are all children of the same race, the mankind, colonials and all. They had their bad moments inSL but good as well. If we are true Buddhist or Christians we must honour those who sincerely did things for the good of everyone. People here have a lot of charity and compassion, which should be in all of us. When we see so many charity shops, jumble sales, street parties, we see how good that it is. I am no colonial boot lickers, as I have terrible disagreements with them, perhaps daily, about the plight of the third world, and where ever and whenever I meet the politicians I bring to their attention about the problems we are having with the terrorist support they are getting in UK...We are at fault to not to get to them first. Once when these politicians are trapped, then it’s difficult to get out or to support us, specially if they have a solid vote bank in their backyard. To change things it take time and much effort, and to blame the colonials,devide and rule,impirialisam is counter productive,proberbly the only country in the world who do that, the only country in the world, where the elected people instead of running the country, indulging in poojas and rituals’ must grow up to the new world we are in. we have a paradise made into a hell, and in the West, a cold gloomy place is turned into a paradise, where every one wants to get into. In am very critical of our President for only two thing, the Mervin affair and the Srilankan affair, which we can’t defend in places where these events are brought out by the terrorist lobby.It’sv 4.15AM and I have 2 hours to sleep and my job and the business take the test of my time,can’t correct the grammar.

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  68. A great post there kevin..lots of food for thought..keep up the great work!!

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  69. asthiri just call me dush thats wat everyone calles me anyways

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  70. Kevin

    These forums are not about real conflict. THis is make believe, a cowards' theatre of war.

    Nothing we do here will affect the war the brave are fighting. That is as long as those who have sensitive info keep their mouths shut.

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  71. Fellow Countrymen,
    We need to detailedly look at how poor and highly unemployed and corrupt East Germany merge into West Germany to become modern day prosperous Germany. We should learn from this to create a united Srilanka after this terrorist are defeated.

    Please let's discuss about this!

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  72. "who are these guys wearing red & who is the soldier wearing green ?"

    The guys in red berets are Commandos. The guy with the beard and the blue (looks like black) beret is Navy -- probably SBS.

    Patriot aka Senkadagala etc, yes, the SF wears black berets, but so do the Armoured Corps and the Vijayabahus. Look at the cap badge. It's Navy.

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