The Sri Lanka Army plans to increase the manpower of it's elite special forces (SF) regiments to 8000. Majority of the new recruits will be drawn from recent and ongoing recruitment campaigns and the rest from existing formations of the army. Currently there are 4 operational Special Forces regiments with around 3000 personnel on active duty.
Meanwhile LTTE casualties from recent fighting in Mallavi are much higher than the initially claimed figures. The army has recovered 38 bodies as well as remains of at least 20 more. However the actual LTTE deaths are exceed 100 according to ground based intelligence sources. The number of LTTE cadres injured is not known. SLA casualties stand at 18 killed and 24 wounded. LTTE's claims of 26 SLA Special Forces units being killed in battle are false. Majority of SLA casualties are from the 57 division.
The army has recovered a haul of weapons during recent fighting in Mallavi region and these include a 120mm mortar launcher and two 81mm mortar launchers.