Monday, August 11, 2008

15 LTTE cadres killed in Kilali fighting

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are facing increased pressure from the army as Wanni is now surrounded by 6 SLA divisions. Of these 57, 58, 59 and 61 divisions have seen the bulk of the action and have made much progress in the past several months. Although not given much publicity, small squads from the 53 and 55 divisions of the army have been launching attacks on LTTE defenses in Muhamalai, Kilali and Nagarkovil on a daily basis, in an attempt to prevent the LTTE from launching a massive attack on Jaffna peninsula.

On yesterday (10th) dawn, units from the army's 53 division stormed the LTTE FDL in Kiali, killing at least 15 LTTE cadres and overrunning several bunkers in the process. SLA units returned to their original position after razing the captured bunkers to the ground. Military Intelligence has warned of a possible LTTE thrust upwards as the pressure on LTTE strongholds such as Mullaithiv and Kilinochchi is increased. LTTE has a 1000 strong troop concentration in Mahamalai/Nagarkovil/Kilali axis, majority of them being experienced and battled hardened cadres.

284 comments:

  1. DN,

    thanks for the update.

    aparently LTTE has not retaliated yesterday when SLA had fired arti. to poonaryn (amidst other provokations).

    what might be the reason?

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  2. MD can you tel me or post me a good map pls.. i am in no ware now. about the progress at the moment

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  3. crimewatch,

    the map in MCNS is a good indication. nothing MUCH has heppened since the latest map.

    a small correction to the map is required as we discussed. the southernmost LTTE position is STILL OMANTHAI. as you know OMANTHAi was the entry/exit point for the last 8 years and it has been kept as it was.

    SLA is 23km away from poonaryn from the south. 59 div is moving slowly in the welioya front.

    another MAJOR breakthrough is expected this week.

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  4. Thanks defencenet for the update :)

    In previous threads the bloggers were discussing about 'is it possible LTTE to attack the Jaffna?'. Most said 'it cannot expect at this stage due to insufficient carders they have'.

    but defencenet here said '..an attempt to prevent the LTTE from launching a massive attack on Jaffna peninsula.'

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  5. + the humanitarian crisis in vanni is getting worse by the day.

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  6. I've got the feeling that we are left in the dark for some time now about the actual situvation in the north. DN and DW both has cut down on the info they release.
    Maybe something big his on the board and SLAF does not want any info to be leaked. because I cannot imagine that we are doing bad in such way that need to hide information from the public.

    If that is the case.. then i am ok with it, Thx for the update DN.. even though i was hoping for something more...

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  7. mistake in the above post.. SLAF --- SLDF

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  8. "'is it possible LTTE to attack the Jaffna?'. Most said 'it cannot expect at this stage due to insufficient carders they have'."

    That is always a possibility. LTTE never stopped forcible recruitment and they still have sufficient number of cadres to launch such a strike (although the success of such is debatable, considering the current SLA morale and RM-70s).

    malin,
    "I've got the feeling that we are left in the dark for some time now about the actual situvation in the north."

    No. DefenceNet has not received any threats from anyone (SLA or LTTE) apart from the usual childish comments which cannot be taken seriously. What we lack is time and accessibility to internet. Even this post is 1 day late.

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  9. Thanks defencenet for reply.

    And i hope presently SLDF has the capacity to retaliate if any kind of such offensive from LTTE.

    Theruwan Saranai for our Brave Hearts!

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  11. Ping Godai MD.

    thanx

    Kuttu's, Shiyam's & Bahiraws screwing up the situation discussion.. redirecting us all over..

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  13. DN U may not gone through what i made for u..

    http://www.files.to/get/352446/4lpmr65goz

    Download this

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  14. SLDF still atacking poonagari from yesterday.. still LTTE not replied/attacked back it seems whats really going on there..

    Arty may be flying over the lagoon ne.. also kilaly also nest to poonahari/punarin i have a doubt both the place can be attacked from jaffna region simply but how can they capture the area? this area is surrounded by sea ya whats the possibility?

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  17. Thanks for the replay defencenet..

    Well, I appriciate the trouble you go through to update us. Hope you find ways to keep up with this good work.

    Thanks Again

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  18. Well said qrious. Bishop Rayappu does not represent the church but his own selfish personal agenda. It's hilarious how he is so accepting of dead Tamilchelvam's 'assurance,' but wants a WRITTEN one from the government.

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  19. this ananda singari is a cunning bastard. he has again called on the govt to restrict SLDF activity. this time he has called to stop air raids.

    "The Government for its part also should act with restraint and stop forthwith the air-raids atleast now to avoid civilian causalities."

    http://www.asiantribune.com/?q=node/12683

    the govt to totally disregad his demands TO THE EXTENT THEY CLASH WITH SLDF OPERATIONS.

    SLAF didn't kill innocent ppl in material numbers. TF asking them to stop air raids is TOTAL BULLSHIT. now is the time for the SLAf to go for the kill. MiG29s will ALSO be here soon.

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  20. Bishop's case shows that Tigers cannot change stripes.

    Going back to Topic, what is happening on the battle front, defence.lk is pretty queit today, are they all wathching the match?

    Where are my friends Kuttu and Shyam. Kuttu (real one?) briefly popped up yesterday.

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  21. Moshe,
    I think the SLAF will launch attacks only as the ground situation permits or on vital intelligence.Nothing will change. Mr Sangaree's comments may have to be read in a more "political" light.I sincerely wish Mr Sangaree had made some comments that reflect his attitude now say 30 yrs ago which would have made him a really great leader on par with Hon Kadir.
    unrelated..
    Oh dear.. the russians have threatened a military assault on Georgia unless they disarm which is against the "stern warnings" made by some human rights pussie against the soviet union.She made this warning to President Putin in person!!.She had apparently flown all the way from the U.K..I mean the U.K!! and issued this warning to him while munching a packet of "british" crips!!.Anyway President Putin by his actions has told her to Foff..it seems.

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  22. On her return the British Govt called upon the Russian govt to halt any attack ever sooo gently.

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  23. If civilians are dying in the north it may be because the LTTE have moved their guns into "civilian areas" which is also very convenient since some civilians become LTTE cadres from time to time either forcibly or with their consent.

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  24. General Fonseka is in the news:

    http://www.groundviews.org/2008/08/09/lt-general-sarath-fonseka-military-dictator-saviour-or-both/

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  25. Qrius,

    Man, man man you have put the nail on the head.

    Do not keep much hope about the Rev Oswald Gomis either..!

    A man who disengaged from the church sometime back and now lives in the US told me that he was very close to him and was in Kelaniya for a long time, following instructions of Gomis mainly being deployed at Kelaniya Temple observing what is taking in the temple and reporting daily back to the church.

    Also he mentioned that there is a dispute to the name of the road that Rev Gomis lives, and people have named is as "Goomis" and not "Gomis" because of his uncanny work, and this man had been deployed to report anything negative happening relating to that road too. According to him, this road is next to the Kelaniya temple itself.

    He said he was fed up with all the activities and decided to call it a day.

    A comment made by him; "Gomis is another LTTE sympathizing Tamil and I have no respect for him at all!"

    What he mentioned may be true or may be not.

    BTW, you have missed this Rayappu's original photo

    [URL=http://wikisend.com/download/533876/Rayappu Original.jpg]Rayappu Original.jpg[/URL]

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  26. http://wikisend.com/download/533876/Rayappu Original.jpg

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  27. Sri Lanka Navy Expansion
    Source: Jane’s Defense Week

    Sri Lanka purchased several powerful warships from China, Pakistan and
    Serbia, the Jane’s Defense Week reported. From China, the Sri Lanka Navy is
    keen to buy warships to support major attacks on coastal
    targets. The Sri Lanka Navy also purchased two nearly 100-metre long Russian built missile frigates from Serbia and six fast Patrol Boats from Pakistan.

    The three large vessels - one from China and two from Serbia and
    Six Fast Patrol Boats from Pakistan on the way to Sri Lanka.
    Next week Vessels and Boats will arrive in Sri Lanka.

    The Jane’s Defense Week learnt the Sri Lanka Navy has shown interest in procuring Logistic Landing Ships (LSL) from China's Chinese Auxiliary Fleet, a
    civilian manned flotilla owned by the China Ministry of Defense. The
    Auxiliary Fleet supplies the China Navy at sea, with food, fuel,
    ammunition and spares to conduct operations away from their home ports.

    The Sri Lanka Navy has shown interest in procuring at least Two LSL
    The Jane’s Defense Week said.
    The Sri Lanka Navy has also shown interest in an Off Shore Patrol Vessel from
    China Jane’s Defense Week said.
    The Sri Lanka Navy purchased two 100-metre long Russian
    built missile frigates from Serbia and These are
    fitted with Surface-to-Surface and Surface-to-Air missiles and
    Anti-submarine rockets Jane’s Defense Week said.
    Each LSL is more than one and half the size of a football field in
    length. Two LSL’S capable of carrying 16 battle tanks or 33
    eight-ton vehicles and 62 Land Rovers on one deck. It can carry 33
    eight-ton vehicles and 74 Land Rovers and 40 twenty-foot containers on
    another deck. The warship also has provision to be able to carry
    another carry 27 eight ton vehicles, 59 Land Rovers and 30 twenty-foot
    containers.
    The principal role of the Landing Ship Logistic is to support
    amphibious operations by landing troops, tanks, vehicles and other
    heavy equipment in port or to any suitable shore," Jane’s Defense Week
    reported. "To accomplish this task the ships can discharge their
    cargo by a variety of methods including Helicopter, Mexiflote Pontoons
    and Landing Craft. It can also discharge vehicles and personnel
    directly to a suitable beach through the bow doors besides carrying
    Main Battle Tanks, Land Rovers and containers on board. They are also
    equipped to conduct helicopter operations."
    Reported by Jane’s Defense Week.

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  28. Sri Lanka Air force will receive
    MIG 29 Jets Soon.
    MIG 29 Jets on the way to Sri Lanka.

    More SLA & STF Deployed in
    Jaffna Peninsula.
    SLA & STF High alert 24\7.

    Sri Lanka Navy Providing 24\7
    Security Cover from the Sea
    To Jaffna Peninsula.

    Sri Lanka Air force monitoring 24\7
    All activity’s around Jaffna Peninsula
    By Satellites.

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  29. Sri Lanka Air force monitoring 24\7
    All activity’s around Jaffna Peninsula
    By Satellites.

    August 11, 2008 5:31 PM

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    never heard about that before

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  30. NoLTTE=Peace,

    Mate, it is very interesting what you have said. The photo is real Rayappu. I wish someone wound the tail up around his d*** and chopped it off with a razor blade, in the name of Christ, while reciting the Lord's Prayer.

    It certainly is not a sin in the eyes of the Almighty.

    Thank you casius and tharnaga too.

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  31. I'm not sure if Sri Lanka can directly access images from satellites. It's highly unlikely that foreign countries, even close allies, would let us directly access their spy satellites. But we do take assistance from friendly countries, or those countries voluntarily provide information to us that they feel we should have (at least this is what I have heard). Our own aerial recon is done mostly with UAV's. A few other aircraft are also used (like the Beechcraft)

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  32. Two articles to compare,

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=26603

    http://defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20080811_01
    (and the photo)

    Tamilnut acts like a baby who does not know anything.

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  33. In the article that noltte=peace referred to, Tamilnut says:

    "The two killed were LTTE female combatants of the LTTE Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) who had tried to enter SLA FDL areas in Ki’laali, residents in Thenmaraadchi said."

    I guess the LTTE 'DPU' doesn't act under orders from LTTE commanders. They just cross the lines when they feel like it.

    "Large scale clashes were heard Sunday around 4:00 a.m in Ki’laali SLA FDL positions and the two female combatants must have been killed while trying to penetrate into SLA area, they further said."

    The residents of Thenmaraadchi seem to be the new defence analysts of the LTTE.

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  34. Qrious, no worries. I thought Archbishop Oswald Gomis was Sinhala, first time I heard that he is Tamil, Wikipedia (which is never 100% accurate), implies he is Sinhala. Although I am a practising Sinhala Buddhist (part of my family is Catholic), I must say that all our Catholic Sinhala brethren are 100% behind the fight againts the LTTE. Race comes before religion in this case. Most Mulims are againts LTTE too.

    Chamal: The High Tech Beechcraft is indefinitely out of action (damaged in AAB attack). So aerial surveillance has stifled a bit (apart from the UAVs). There is a low tech auxillary one in operation though. SLAF has made arrangements to purchase the equipment to be high tech again.

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  35. Forgot to add that this is not a war about race. Its a war about annhilating pigs.

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  36. Tharanga,

    Thanks, and yes you're right. One was damaged (more like destroyed) in the AAB attack, but I thought the other one was still operational? We had two Beechcraft 200's with different capabilities if I remember right...

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  37. thanks ilham the boss for the update.

    2 (more) of my dreams come true.

    1. "The Sri Lanka Navy purchased two 100-metre long Russian
    built missile frigates from Serbia"

    2. "The principal role of the Landing Ship Logistic is to support amphibious operations by landing troops, tanks, vehicles and other heavy equipment in port or to any suitable shore"

    so there is no need for my low cost suggestion (mounting MBRLs on OPVs!) anymore!!

    very good planning by MoD.

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  38. srilankan,

    yes mate. he has failed to display ON MANY occassions his 30+ years old experience BY TRYING TO POKE HIS FINGERS INTO DEFENCE MATTERS.

    i have no problem with his politics.

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  39. Chamal, yes that's what I said. One was completely destroyed. The one destroyed had all the high tech equipment for marine surveillance (hence the reason for SLN's earlier successes in destroying the LTTE's supply floatilla). The one that is flying only has normal equipment. SLAF has planned to acquire the high tech equipment from the US again(although the US has sanctions on weapon sales, it makes the exemption for surveillance equipment). Also note that the Beechcraft is not a special aircraft. It is simply a short haul / business turboprop adapted for surveillance by the SLAF.

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  40. That FT article quotes Iqbal Atthaygahanna. He keeps his job in Jane's by constantly critising the SLDF. I guess he is bent on survival and keeping his lucrative job. If he doesn't critisize, he won't have a job with Janes, its back to writing for Sunday Observer for RS 10 per article then.

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  41. georgia has again started shelling south ossetia.

    have the georgians gone mad?

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  42. Tharanga, thanks mate.

    I didn't know the ethnicity of Owald Gomis. But I do know he is fluent in Sinhala. The issue is not his ethnicity but the principle. But if his ethnicity turns out to be Tamil, he muddies the religious water. It is already opaque, he must understand.

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  43. I think a fully fledged assault by the tigers against Jaffna peninsular at this time is something beyond their capacity to sustain, at least from the logistics and man power perspectives. That is unless they are capable of acquiring massive scale resources from the SLDF.
    In case of a determined landing by the tigers, the SLA is capable of allowing them into a trap and then decimating the entire lot systematically.
    Also given the fact that the Pooneryn fire power has been shifted deeper into the Wanni, any such venture would be very much dependent on arms they can carry.
    Unlikely scenario, but never say never. THese guys are known to do the unimaginable and do it well.

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  44. Moshe,

    The Battle of Two Equals

    GEORGIA

    . Total personnel: 26,900

    . Main battle tanks (T-72): 82

    .Armoured personnel carriers: 139

    .Combat aircraft (Su-25): Seven

    .Heavy artillery pieces (including Grad rocket launchers): 95

    RUSSIA

    . Total personnel: 641,000

    .Main battle tanks (various): 6,717

    .Armoured personnel carriers: 6,388

    .Combat aircraft (various): 1,206

    .Heavy artillery pieces (various): 7,550

    You are right; this guy, the President of Georgia, has gone mad to take on this super power. If it goes on for another week, his armed forces will have been fully decimated.

    He went too far by emulating the West. His life is also under threat now. The Russians talked about the regime change as well; they are no strangers to brute force.

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  45. Anyways Iqbal athas will be loosing his job in near future, with the end of LTTE..

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  46. After capturing few more LTTE strong holds, MI needs to step up its psychological operations to get the LTTE front line fighters to surrender, offering them amnesty. I have not seen this happening yet.
    This needs to be done before any large scale offensives are carried out.
    May be MI can drop leaflets or talk to them over their radio sets.

    Btw, a major military push has to come down from Jaffna. The pressure is too much for our forces to march right up to Pooneryn or Elephantpass. One possible strategy is to attack Pooneryn while using Kilaly, Nagarkovil & Muhamalai as a diversion!
    May the Triple Gem Bless Our Soldiers!!!

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  47. Puffy, psy-ops, the type you mentioned do happen on a daily basis. The success has not been great as the cadres are hesitant to surrender. Its one thing to surrender, but its another thing to risk the lives of your family as a result. Vezapillai demands total devotion, POWs, desertions, surrenders are not an option in the LTTE. The choices open to the cadres are:
    1) Die in battle and be mareevared.
    2) Swallow cyanide
    3) Surrender and have your family executed.

    Only cadres with nothing to lose surrender, i.e, child soldiers who have forgotten their families and orphaned child soldiers.

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  48. Tharanga,

    You missed a point.

    There are considerable number of carders whose families are lived in cleared areas. eg. Jaffna, eastern provice, mannar, central province, etc.

    Such an amnesty may attract those carders.

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  49. Interesting point heard from one of my friends..

    "Number of LTTE cadres with Walkie-Talkies" dead equals to number of Team Leads killed.

    Now LTTE also has begun to operate in small 5-7 member teams, and our guys keep killing 5-7 in any given confrontation.

    With each team killed, our guys look whether they found the guy with the "Walkie Talkie"

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  50. Praba, thanks. But I believe there is always an amnesty for cadres to surrender. Is there a need to declare a special amnesty? Once in a while we do hear of surrenders (there were three who surrendered the week before last). What needs to realised is that this is not a war, its an internal rebellion. There is no concept of "POWs". Any cadre can surrender anytime and walk into government areas, even they are full citizens of Sri Lanka. It doesn't happen as often due to various threats to their families. Speak to the surrendered cadres, and see what they say, they were forcibly conscripted and there is always a looming threat to their families.

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  51. stf troopers suffering high casualties in the past 3 days, 23 killed in claymore ambush the first day, 11 killed the second day in another claymore attack, 2 killed yesterday while stepping on a pressure mine, 4 killed after a raid on a bunker fdl line in Kanchikudicharu, Vepaiyadi area. And a homeguard was killed in the Amparai area today. There are going to be some interesting developments in the east in the coming weeks and months.

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  52. Did you spot the "Walkie Talkie"?

    http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20080811_03

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  53. All,

    Special Force at LNP says that,

    "top ltte leader among dead...more information as im able to post..."

    Any thoughts?

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  54. Special Force at LNP says that,

    "top ltte leader among dead...more information as im able to post..."

    Any thoughts?
    _________________________

    no info on this but lets hope its a big fish

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  55. Is it possible to get this special force to post on DN and DW? Or is he already doing so?

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  56. thambala,

    It is like his (Specialforce) own blog space at LNP. He may be here, but I can't see him posting anything in the same style.

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  57. ilham-the boss

    thankx mate for dat posting.just what i needed for relaxation of my weapon fantasies..oh ye!!


    By the way, are these vessels brand new or refurbished ones??

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  58. Can someone please give Renegade the manifest and the serial numbers of all the armaments that GOSL imported this year?

    Please make sure you include, the make, model, Supplier, QTY, and if possible the price too.

    Yes, he would like fries with that too!

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  59. noltte=peace

    make dat one large fries,2 double-cheese burgers!! .serial numbers wud be helpful!!..coz i gotta calculate my commis-ohye!!

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  60. Moshe Dyan repeated his prior drivel,

    "this ananda singari is a cunning bastard. he has again called on the govt to restrict SLDF activity. this time he has called to stop air raids.

    but later states with some hypocrisy,

    "georgia has again started shelling south ossetia. have the georgians gone mad?"

    I hope MD can provide an answer why Georgia cannot take measures to defeat an insurgency in its own country the same way SL is doing.

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  61. @wijayapala

    "I hope MD can provide an answer why Georgia cannot take measures to defeat an insurgency in its own country the same way SL is doing."

    because Georgians are fighting with a supper power.. We are not. Russia wants that area under thier control and Georgians have given them a reason to bring out the war machines.

    Just assume if india say they will deploy a peacekeeping force in the north and we go and attack what do you think india's response would be..

    Well Georgians are finding it out for them selfs

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  62. :-))

    I will put some cream on top too! ;-)

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  63. Mohammed,

    "Shan, my dad used to work in the police with Nimal Leuke (he was his sparring partner in the boxing ring in the YMCA as well). He said that this rogue in a robe hid and protected a bunch of tigers when they were fleeing after attacking a high profile govt/army/police target in the 70s."

    Horse manure. Nimal Lewke was in the STF since the unit's beginning, and in the 1980s the STF was probably the most effective anti-guerrilla force in Sri Lanka.

    Take a look at this:

    http://www.tamilweek.com/STF_DBSJ_Response_0001.html

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  64. Malin,

    "because Georgians are fighting with a supper power.. We are not. Russia wants that area under thier control and Georgians have given them a reason to bring out the war machines."

    The Georgians took action within their own territory, not against Russian territory or forces. Basically you are arguing that if India wanted N-E Sri Lanka, then we would be giving India an excuse to invade by purchasing weapons from China and fighting the LTTE within our own territory.

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  65. @wijayapala

    I am not talking about who is correct or wrong. I am talking about attacking someone who is 10 times stronger than you.

    ex.
    If India came to the north with a peacekeep force and we get to see that thier helping the LTTE more than helping us, then are we just going to go and attack them?

    If we are to handle this matter either one of the following 3 things should be there..

    1. Politically find a way to send indian's home
    2. get a another nation who is more powerful than india to come for our assiatance
    3. Convince the whole world that what indian's are doing is wrong

    at least then we have a chance.. but what Georgian president did was take on a supper power on his own. And specially russia..

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  66. BY SF in LNP

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    Folks on a last note...you don't get to read a good 90% of whats going on in the vanni battlefild... the govt silence i assume, is cos thats how India wants it to be...

    and the ltte's well...

    what you hear on defense is only a mere lets say 10% of the the unprecedented battle which rages in the north...

    why india wants this to be like this,is not a difficult aspect for one to understand...

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  67. it's not just sangaree who has asked to halt air strikes. pillayan also said tmvp hoped for a stop to air strikes when he was interviewed during saarc time. i dont think this is sympathy towards ltte, the civilians really are living scared when there are bombing raids are flying overhead on a daily basis.

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  68. lankadeepa caught up with karuna who was at welikanda campaining for the tmvp in the polonnaruwa. he says it was purely his leadership, not prabhakaran's, that won the battles that sealed elephant pass, kilinocchi and jayasikuru. karuna also reckons prabhakaran is willing to kill anyone to protect his fat ass and that ltte may use chemical weapons.

    http://www.lankadeepa.lk/2008/08/11/front_news/06.htm

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  69. LankaEnews talks abt SLAf taking out 3 nerve-centers; an intel joint, supplies and the list matches the one posted on def.lk for previous day.

    Did SLAF hit the same spot twice, or is my favorite sri lankan pussymag gone nuts?

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  70. malin,

    i consider it a DISGRACE to answer to an EXTREME ANTI-SINHALA RACIST. one of our senior bloggers CORRECTLY observed this.

    TF i will only answer to what you said.

    yes; we are NOW not against any superpower. all the superpowers are with us + the regional superpower (to a lesser extent though). our russian made planes carry american/chinese bombs; our russian copters are fitted with israeli weapons. our gun boats are fitted with british stuff and we have french/indian weapons too!!! our army had been trained on both sides of the indo-pak divide!!!!

    but there was a time when the regional superpower was bullying us and JRJ had little choice. had he gone mad like the georgian prez SL would have suffered a similar fate.

    georgia must understand that now it is NOT the time to use its military. if the georgian prez genuinely goes for a peace deal, he may get another chance in future to retake the provinces.

    eg. had he not created trouble now but waited till georgia gains NATO membership, he would have stood a MUCH better (to say the LEAST)chance.

    timing is important. SL had a GOLDEN opportunity in late 2001-2002 to launch a massive war on tigers. but thanks to PONNA RANIL, tigers turned a THREAT into an OPPORTUNITY!!

    as regards ananda singai's DEFENCE expertise.....the govt will not give a flying fart about it.

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  71. Malin

    I agree with you. India is in a balancing act and are going to bring SL into line with their own long term economic goals. That and the fact that it is curtains to teh LTTE were made quite clear by the Indian PM on this visit.

    It is a good thing to keep even an enforced silence over the action. SLG has a big mouth and that screwed up teh KP affair, if you guys remember. This must flow from that and if they've learnt a lesson that would be a good thing too.
    In fact when I spoke with a couple of friends who usually are liberal with info, they seemed very reluctant to talk since of late. It's all good stuff. Serious business always is.

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  72. WELL DONE QRIOUS!!

    http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items08/120808-2.html

    our very own QRIOUS's has written an article to lankaweb.

    Economic Migrants in the Priesthood
    By Qrious


    WOW!!! keep them coming.

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  73. SLAF fighter jets bomb Mullaiththeevu, 2 civilians wounded
    [TamilNet, Monday, 11 August 2008, 18:04 GMT]
    Two Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Kfir jets dropped sixteen bombs in four sorties Monday around 8:20 a.m. on Puthukkudiyiruppu civilian settlements in Mullaiththeevu district. Two women including a lady teacher were injured in the bombing while many houses and fruit trees were damaged.



    TN gives a photo where a number of women are hiding. their faces give away their TRUE EMOTION which is not FEAR!!!

    hope LTTE won't kill the girl who is smiling and the bold old lady!

    no time to choreograph now??

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  74. For all India watchers; India is going to have the opportunity to pull a masterly acto fo diplomacy in SL soon.

    Once the major fighting is over, they will obviously have the SLG much in need of their patronage, economically and otherwise. India would have the ability to buy Sri Lankan polity and also long term policy easily at that point.

    India's long term plan is to be the premier nation for the 'desi-people' or the south-asians of Indian sub-continent and who speak languages which have sangskrit as their origin. This included nations from pakistan extending far and wide into the east.

    The stepping stone in this direction always was Sri Lanka. It was known as the 'Greater India doctrine' and has its roots going back to the 1950s.

    The only deviation from the previous times would probably be that India will want to be the nation certain others look up to for all things.

    Given the future potential for teh region, it looks a promising arrangement for all, particularly SL.

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  75. Malin

    Re; India's role in SL, read the following article

    http://www.livemint.com/2008/03/13002201/Dragon-on-emerald-island.html?d=1

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  76. Couple of articles of interest to anyone watching the India scene in SL can be found here;
    http://srilankan-news.blogspot.com/

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  77. Hiya Moshey

    "i consider it a DISGRACE to answer to an EXTREME ANTI-SINHALA RACIST. one of our senior bloggers CORRECTLY observed this."

    Hmm, and who is our "EXTREME ANTI-SINHALA RACIST" who is giving you such a dreadful fright here? I suggest you spell out the great threat to the Sinhala Nation so that the Modaya Brigade can take due action.

    Also, who is the "senior blogger" you're referring to? Hopefully you're not putting your faith in a Modaya, are you dear boy?

    "timing is important. SL had a GOLDEN opportunity in late 2001-2002 to launch a massive war on tigers. but thanks to PONNA RANIL, tigers turned a THREAT into an OPPORTUNITY!!"

    The military had seriously deteriorated from 1995-2000 largely due to incompetent civilian and military leadership (do you have a Tamil name to use to insult Chandrika or Anurudda Ratwatte, dear Moshey??) and was in no condition to fight in late 2001/early 2002. Actually ***most of the soldiers supported the ceasefire at that time.*** If I'm wrong, I invite DN or any other informed source (Modayas need not apply) to correct me.

    "as regards ananda singai's DEFENCE expertise.....the govt will not give a flying fart about it."

    It is very well for Modayas (whose own "DEFENCE expertise"/whining should be held to scrutiny) not to heed the words of anti-LTTE Tamils but it is quite a different thing for a responsible govt. tasked with ending this war. A large chunk of those who joined the LTTE after 1990 had enlisted because a family member was killed, either as "collateral damage" or because the security forces were paranoid.

    A non-Modaya would observe that the security forces did not use a great deal of saturation firepower during the Eastern fighting from 2006-7. That is why it took so long to take Vakarai for example- the LTTE was using civilians as human shields and it took gradual attrition combined with infiltration missions to dislodge the terras.

    It is a military reality that firepower is a dangerous thing to use in counterinsurgency because it drives the people into the insurgents' arms. To put it simply for the Modayas, why didn't Premadasa use heavy firepower against the JVP?

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  78. Malin,

    "I am not talking about who is correct or wrong. I am talking about attacking someone who is 10 times stronger than you."

    I see your point and stand corrected.

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  79. The lying Tamilnut shows only the collatteral damage from the bombs. It does not show where actually the bombs felt.

    The bombs have actually hit the intended target.

    But for the naive Tamil die-ass-pora, Tamilnut is showing the peripherals (certainly something that we are not interested).

    And the last SLAF UAV footage shows how a so called paddy filed got massive fireballs when hit!

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  80. Wijeypala

    In your outburst aimed at Moshe, you claim that the large numbers who joined the LTTE did it to avenge the death of a loved one. Ain't so, brother.

    Bulk of those who joined were peace-time warriors who thought they were signing-up for a cushy 'govt' job. These guys genuinely thought the war was over, and there never will be a need for them to face flying bullets. And the fact that there is no other economic activity in a territory dominated by a moron who firmly believes that 'business is bad for war' made that less of a choice and more of an easy compulsion.

    It is these softies who are dying in droves. Though the army and the Sinhala readership gets an erection from the body count, quite obviously these guys who joined up to be pencil pushers must be already half paralyzed with fear when the SLA comes a calling. It obviously is a turkey shoot for that reason.

    These poor bastards now have no-where to run. Refuse to fight and die today or hang onto a gun and hope the Army never finds you.

    Quite a few of these have already been executed by senior cadres when they tried to surrender to the Army.

    The military has failed to take advantage of the situation too. What the SLA needs to do is to to tell them, perhaps via loud-speakers or air dropped leaflets is to turn the guns on the seniors who are there to keep them in line, if they are to be able to surrender without harm.

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  81. Pooneryn being softened for amphibious landing ???

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  82. Weshaballa,

    You are barking up the wrong tree.

    Balliyo biruwata kandu paathvenne ne mandabuddikayo.

    I waited for a stupid and firey response from Moshey. So far nothing. I hope he will show some maturity and totally disregard you without crapping here. He is a good contributor on defence matters. He should keep his standard.

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  83. [The military has failed to take advantage of the situation too. What the SLA needs to do is to to tell them, perhaps via loud-speakers or air dropped leaflets is to turn the guns on the seniors who are there to keep them in line, if they are to be able to surrender without harm.]

    was thinking on same lines... maybe slaf is not willing to risk their assets by a low flying drop off run..
    loud speakers and radio might be a goo way to slow eat into their heads and get them to surrender

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  84. Dropping leaflets from high above won't be that costly and aircraft should be able to get away.

    If they ask the carders to turn their guns on their seniors, the seniors might even get paranoid and end up doing their job that much less effectively. Hee hee.

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  85. TS,

    i think so too,...given the news that a new navy addition is in the works....my guess is either pooneryn or nargakovil

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  86. Sri Lanka Pakistan Military Partnership
    Sri Lanka is looking to Pakistan to significantly strengthen its military capabilities amid the increasing prospect of renewed civil war.
    Exclusively by Jane’s Defense Week.
    According to high-level Officials, Sri Lanka has asked Pakistan to facilitate the purchase of Defense equipment worth around USD60 million.
    The Jane’s Defense Week report says Sri Lanka has asked that their requests be given the ‘utmost priority’ amid a deteriorating security situation.
    The Army’s shopping list has a combined value of USD20 million, while the Air force’s requirements are worth a further USD38.1 million.
    Jane’s Defense Week says that Sri Lanka is clearly looking to build up its military capacity and has also issued a plea to Pakistan to provide swift technical assistance for its T-55 main battle tanks and C-130 transport aircraft.
    In one of the documents, Dated 1 June, Sri Lanka writes ‘It would be greatly appreciated if arrangement could be made to invite a technical team to Colombo to carry out an immediate survey of T-55 main battle tanks and C-130 (transport) aircraft’
    Adding, ‘Since a number of main battle tanks and C-130s are in need of urgent technical repairs it is earnestly requested that this be given utmost priority and a suitable technical repair team be arranged to carry out immediate inspection’
    The army’s extensive wish list includes Ten Bator Shaken anti-tank guided missile weapon systems, 300 standard/tandem warheads and two training simulators; respectively worth USD1.5 million, USD4.5 million and USD120,000.

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  87. Sri Lanka purchased MIG 29 Jets
    Source: Reuters

    A Russian web site announced that the five MIG 29 Jets Sri Lanka purchased belong to varieties of the MIG 29. Four of them were MIG 29 SM’s which are purely fighter jets and one was a MIG 29 UB which has both fighting as well as training capabilities.

    Sri Lanka bought the MIG 29 Aircrafts, Sri Lanka purchased recently are not only capable of carrying air to ground missiles but also air to air missiles that could destroy enemy aircraft flying. They could also do night flying.

    The five jet aircrafts will broaden the capabilities of the Sri Lanka military.

    The Mikoyan MiG-29 is a 4th generation jet fighter aircraft designed for the air superiority role in the former Soviet Union and remains in use by the Russian Air Force as well as in many other nations.

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  88. China Providing Satellite
    Images to Sri Lanka
    Chinese officials stationed
    At Colombo.
    China ready provide
    Satellite Images 24\7
    When Sri Lanka wants
    China will provide.

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  89. To Renegade!
    From ILHAM The Boss

    All Vessels & Boats Brand New.

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  90. ilham,

    thanks for the info. but i think i have read the first two articles before????

    can you add dates of these reports?

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  91. MD,

    Was thinking the same thing. I think I've read them too, I tried to look for them on google, no luck (habi didn't try hard).

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  92. Now this is good opportunity to use zeppelins. Run long banners attached to it in Tamil....

    "Surrender, for amazing amnesty!"

    "Good food, clean water and no body bags"

    care to add a few more?

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  93. "Free lollipops for the first 100 surrenders"

    That ought to convince the child soldiers amongst them. Hee hee.

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  94. "Free life insurance worth over 1million for over 50's, courtesy of Ceylinco Life."

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  95. wijeyapala,

    The End is near.

    You will see who were "Modhayas" real soon.

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  96. "ambul thiyal, thosai and no fat pig"

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  97. Tharanga,
    It's good to hear that this kind of Psy-Ops are carried out on a daily basis.
    But what I was referring to was a large scale Psy-Ops operation.
    That is why I said we need to capture few more LTTE strong points and make them feel that they are really trapped with nowehre to go, before doing this.

    One thing that keeps these LTTE cadres fighting is their morale...
    They are made to believe that the LTTE is in a winning streak and that these are the final battles they are fighting to achieve their ultimate goal.

    With no connections to the outside world what so ever (i.e. no tv, no newspapers, no radio etc), these poor souls go and fight with
    the SL Forces and die a horrible death, believing they are just days away from Eelam!

    That is why we need to call them to surrender... drop leaflets, talk to them over their radios, and like someone suggested,
    use loud speakers and make sure that the message goes through to them, whether the LTTE hierarchy likes it or not!

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  98. "Priority consideration for jobs at Shanti Vihar"

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  99. "A free cow for each person you convince to surrender"

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  100. "A hundred and one virgin (and in really really tiny letters the word "goats")" :)))

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  101. machang,

    the mig-29 story is 4 months old and the other 2 years & 2 months old.

    http://www.janes.com/media/releases/pc060608_2.shtml

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  102. MD,

    I knew it. Is ilham the boss a wolf in sheeps clothing checking if we would dance to any tune that is played, in effect in his mind he believes that we are indeed "modayas" and all news of LTTE defeats are punnaku?

    Sorry if I'm judging you too soon ilham the boss, if I am and you posted that without knowing the date, my apologies.

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  103. Gota confident of capturing Killinochchi by year’s end

    Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa insists that the army is on target to capture the Kilinochchi town, the Tigers' capital, in the next four months.

    “It's possible by the end of this year,” he told The Times newspaper in England.

    “You can't just push them into the jungles and wait. You have to search for them and completely eradicate them. Only then can peace come.”

    The army says it has shrunk the Tigers' territory from 6,500 to 5,000sqkm and reduced their forces from 13,000 to 5,000 “cadres”. Last month it captured one of the Tigers' main naval bases. Last week it entered Kilinochchi district.

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  105. Moshe

    Thanks for the information about my post being published in the Lankaweb page, regarding Rayappu - the agent of Satan on the earth.

    That means it has reached a wide audience and its purpsoe has been served.

    I also agree with your thoughts about the photographs that we see on the Tamilnet - three barefooted poor women under a wooden bridge.

    I am one among many who always feels strongly about the plight of Tamil civilians.

    However, on this occassion, it is blindingly obvious that it has all the hollmarks of a clear state-managed manipulation, on the part of the Tigers; the women don't show a trace of distress; they are, on the contrary, full of smiles, having been made fools of themselves, perhaps.

    I had the same feeling when I looked at some - I must insist some, not all - IDP's as well. They were full of smiles, despite the alleged ordeal instigated by the security forces.

    These women may either been paid for posing or given the luxury of a camera opportunity while cashing in on their deprivations, that seem to be many.

    Things of this kind are parts of a determined propaganda. As far as Tigers are concerned, it is of very bad taste. Resorting to these things only show how desperate the savages are for clinging on to what is left of their life-span.

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  106. Where is tangara? Please drop a line that you visit here, mate.

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  107. Ha ha ha, just my thoughts exactly guys. I first went to Tamilnut before coming here and the first thing I thought when I saw the pics of "victims" of the SLAF bombing, oh boy, these people are posing, one girl is smiling, the grandma seems amused, and the woman in pain is clearly putting it on. They think we are all "modayas" to be taken in by this BS. Also a certain Mr Tamilchelvan seems to have been bombed again (read the names of the "victims"), he can't seem to escape the wrath of the SLAF even in death!

    Puffy, Ranil et al: My sources tell me that they are indeed using loudspeakers and dropping leaflets to encourage surrenders. Earlier they used an aged Cessna to drop leaflets, I don't know what equipment they are using now.

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  108. Gota, "You can't just push them into the jungles and wait. You have to search for them and completely eradicate them. Only then can peace come."

    well, well, well!!

    thank you very much mr gotabhaya rajapaksha. harvest them.

    thanks B#1.

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  109. Only example in the world where members of a banned organisation are in the full pay of the government that banned them. This is a carefully orchestrated act by the LTTE.

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=26613

    Also, what about the TNA MPs. They openly support the LTTE, yet they are allowed to sit in Parliament and no charges levelled againts them. Imagine if a British MP or US Congressman openly supported Al Qaeda or Taleban??!!!

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  110. Moshe you always tell that LTTE is like a cancer for the Nation and we do the treatment for it.

    But what I feel now is, LTTE is like a cancer patient who knows that whose life is not longer than 4-5 months.

    So, please let them to publish anything in Tamilnet and to be happy.

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  111. Troops Capture Kalekuda LTTE Jetty

    www.army.lk

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  112. Qrious,
    So glad your articles are not restricted just to this blog. As we all say, you are really good at explaining this so called eelam war -especially to the west - so please keep it up (time permitting!)
    Great article, hope The Observer will pick it up too.

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  113. Moshe,
    Well said mate.
    Thiru,
    I dont agree that EELAM..what is it(infinity-1)? will start in the eastern province.Recently there has been a drastic reduction in comments made by you.Hope you are O.K.

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  114. Thiru,
    When i am depressed i always sing that wonderful song to cheer me up..
    "A spoonful of sugar makes depression go away..depression go away..."

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  115. Kuttu, Shyam and Thiru have been very quiet. It has been very quiet on the battle front too. Someone said that we hear only 10% of what is going on, I am inclined to believe that.

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  116. I like what Gota said about hunting Tigers in the jungle. Finally they have realised that its not enough to just capture roads and towns, harvesting is now a priority!

    Elo Elo gahapung, ohoma yung, ohoma yung!

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  117. Mohammed,
    The LTTE use times of relative calm to "smuggle" suicide bombers into the south.They are hellbent on killing Hon President or Gen Fonseka.I am praying they dont succeed.Take care.

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  118. I heard a group of armed men escaped into the Ratnapura jungles. Not sure if they are Tigers or political parties' henchmen. This was reported in DM.

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  119. wijayapala said...
    "I hope MD can provide an answer why Georgia cannot take measures to defeat an insurgency in its own country the same way SL is doing."

    The Russians were acting as a peacekeeping force in south ossetia. (just like the indian force in the past in SL). Then the Georgian government launches a massive surprise attack on south ossetia.(think what would have happened to us if we attacked the Indian Peace Keeping force??) . Russia is a country that is known as a superpower in the world!!then you can't expect anything less than what's happening!
    This is not a question about human rights for the Russians(America didn't talk about human rights when they attacked Iraq as well).This is about showing who the boss is.

    "georgia has again started shelling south ossetia. have the georgians gone mad?"

    they do not know about any of the positions of the red army. They just guess and attack. Their was a link showing a georgian UAV getting destroyed. On the other hand the SLA do have the ability to scout the LTTE held areas and has the ability to attack to a target without doubts. And again Wanni is not South Ossetia!!!

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  120. Blogger rayan says,
    Troops Capture Kalekuda LTTE Jetty

    www.army.lk

    Watch yesterday Wanni meheyuma. It also says SLA just away less than 1.5 KM to nachchikuda sea tiger base.

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  121. [[Rayan said...

    Troops Capture Kalekuda LTTE Jetty

    www.army.lk]]

    I think this is not a new news.

    It was announced in Live@8 yesterday with visuals.

    Interestingly, SLDF took more than 24 hours to report this. Why is that? Do the intentionally do that?

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  122. [SF, the attack that killed so many LTTE IP cadre was west of mallavi sector, many small group leaders were killed, but at least two high level leaders are dead also.

    LTTE used small group operations like they did back in Jayasikuru ops time, the SF and brigades of 57 held their own in smaller groups, i heard at times groups of 4-5 held 5 times that much.
    but LTTE eventually over ran a couple of defenses along the parangi aru river south of kallaveli, this created a pocket where LTTE decided to thrust. Their goal was to separate the FDL in two and then out flank hitting both sides. about 800 LTTE cadre participated, for this LTTE had w.d about 200 from National front and re allocated another 500 or so well trained Imran pandayan cadre.

    Well then came the surprise...
    RM 80 120s opened up, at least a four truck loads were shot at the whole LTTE group from an undisclosed location. Initially LTTE kept marching forward covering gaps, but then it was too much.

    at the end, lay LTTE about 80 bodies (counted) and another 125 gravely injured. LTTE has now requested mandatory blood donations in Vanni 1 pint each. The cost is i bet unbearable to LTTE. I hope LTTE keeps up the good work.

    We lost about 10 of our brave warriors! about another 10 injured.

    We are not sure if Banu perished, because now Theepan who was in charge of National front has been allocated to Mallavi sector now.

    This is perhaps the worst defeat of LTTE since Muhamali debacle.

    SF - dont mention operational details please.

    There have been also some very interesting Special forces ambushes. It seems that our boys are functioning in the deep battle space with multiple teams. abougt a week ago, DPU ambushed an IP truck, they asked for help, the second DPU team ambushed the reinforcement truck of 8, LTTE then sent a third group of 8 and to their horror a third Team of LRRP ambushed tat also. In the end lay a bloody battle field, with over 24 dead. Location classified

    Our boys are everywhere in Vanni now, many tamils are our friends, they want this to end, the misery of LTTEs rule and this eelam.

    eelam and LTTE are outdated as a rotting vegetable, no use to anyone and anyone besides a fly who messes with it gets sick! ]

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  123. Above is from LNP blogger, stopterror.

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  124. I am intrigued to know who Imran Pandyan was? Imran is a typically Muslim name, while Pandyan is a typical Tamil / Chola name. Was he a Muslim who fought for the LTTE? Who is this traitor? Can someone please educate me? Thanks.

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  125. Mohommad,
    As far as I know it is not one person, but two, Imran and Pandiyan.

    This Imran could have been a muslim.

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  127. Thambala, thanks. Never heard him discussed in our community. Although there has been the odd Muslim cadre or Muslims who lent support to the LTTE, first time I came across any Muslim LTTEr who would have had a whole brigade named after him! If he was indeed a Muslim, then I am ashamed.

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  128. How about a pizza hut in jaffna?

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  129. Imran was just his nom de guerre, I believe he was a hindu tamil.

    There are others who have muslim nom de guerre like Lt. Col Akbar, ( also hindu tamil ) who was in charge of RPG commando brigade.

    The only time a muslim was in charge of a big fighting team, he betrayed them and told them to consume cyanide I believe in Jaffna, after that no more muslims were allowed into mainstream LTTE.

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  130. kaati,
    How come a former ltte cadre is so fluent in the language of english?

    Don't run away, let's have some tea..

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  131. Thanks Kaati. What was the name of the Muslim who betrayed LTTE in Jaffna? Again, I have never heard of such a person discussed in our community. After the Eastern province massacres, no Muslims in their right mind would ever go and join the LTTE. Do bear in mind that in the days there were Muslims in LTTE, there was a grey area between Eastern Muslims and Eastern Tamils, most of the Eastern Muslims were in fact converts to Islam and were ethnic Tamil (with very very little or no Moor blood), hence the reason for Eastern Muslims supporting LTTE in the old days. But after the massacres and expulsions, all that support stopped and the LTTE is still regretting that.

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  132. Kaati,

    LOL :) Shyam may change his blogger name.

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  133. http://www.army.lk/morenews.php?id=15239

    Tiger Defence Line Shelled

    2008-08-12 16:52:54
    KILINOCHCHI: AN LTTE DEFENCE LINE at CHINNAKKOMALAI, about 9 km north of VELLANKULAM, was targeted by fighter jets of Sri Lanka Air Force this afternoon (12) around 3.30 p.m..

    The target was accurately taken, pilots confirmed.

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  134. Our Media Daily Mirror

    India warns SL it might not win war with LTTE

    India has warned Sri Lanka that it may not be able to win an ongoing war against separatist LTTE despite recent military gains, a report said today.

    Indian National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan told the Straits Times newspaper that Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had been weakened but retained the ability to stage terror strikes.

    actual report
    Sri Lanka doesn’t have Tamils on its side: India
    By Indo-Asian News Service on Tuesday, August 12, 2008
    Filed Under: Latest India News
    New Delhi, Aug 12 (IANS) Sri Lanka may win the battle against the Tamil Tigers but not the war as “they haven’t got the Tamil population on their side”, India’s National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan said in an interview published Tuesday.


    In comments that are bound to prove explosive in Sri Lanka, Narayanan told The Straits Times newspaper: “I know the Sri Lankan government will be unhappy (at this advice).”

    Narayanan was asked to give his assessment if the dragging war in Sri Lanka was nearing an end.

    He said: “The (Sri Lanka Army) has made a lot of progress in the last few weeks. But even if they win the battle I am not sure they will win the war. I think they haven’t got the Tamil population on their side.

    “I know the Sri Lankan government will be unhappy (at this advice) but we are not interested in preaching to them and that is the best advice they could get. India can give this advice better than the Norwegians or any other country. These are people that we know, we understand. Do they want a situation like many countries have faced?”

    Stating that Iraq was a good example, Narayanan said: “What we are telling them is, get the Tamils on your side by greater devolution of power. For them to be part of Sri Lankan state, they need the huge Tamil minority on their side.

    “Obviously the Tamil Tigers have been weakened, they have met with heavier casualties than previously.”

    He said recruitment had become difficult, so younger and younger elements were coming into it. “All signs are that they (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, LTTE) are having problems. They are also hurting because of the ban in many Western countries, so they have problems in fund collection, movement of arms.

    “What the Sri Lankans are not factoring in is the great deal of sullenness in the Tamil man. There are accusations of profiling even in Colombo.

    “Our argument is: unless you give Tamils a feeling they have the right to their own destiny in many matters you will not succeed. LTTE’s capacity to carry out terrorist attacks is not diminished.”

    this is all about Sri Lanka media they always talk about their freedom to publish any crap to gain their political obejective...
    god bless Sri Lankan media!

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  135. Qrious,

    Great work mate.. keep it up!

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  136. I like the shelling of Tiger defence lines. It keeps them extremely vulnerable and guessing all the time.

    Theoretically, there won't be civilians in LTTE defence lines.

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  137. noltte=peace, according to LTTE and Tamilnut there are only civilians in bunkers, trench lines, safehouses, camps etc. There are no cadres, only civilians.

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  138. Anuruddha Ratnayaka (Boxer) lost his gold Medal Dream at Olympics...

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  139. Didnt mind him loosing but, he could have given better fight... 3 - 12 is not good :(

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  140. 21 SLA killed by LTTE DPU - Tamilnut

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=26617

    Ha ha ha ha, LOL, so now they are speculating on offensives even before the LTTE issues details of the clashes. They are no longer even able to cite LTTE sources. It took them three days to release this news. Tamilnut does not even have a shred of credibility left.

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  141. "21 SLA killed by LTTE DPU - Tamilnut"

    I know 'some' people who'd be very happy to read this. Don't try to convince them the reality when they get hear and start hooting about it. It will result in some really unpleasant comments including clever battle plans, strategies, theories and heehee's...

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  142. Guys there’s less ambulance activity in the road from Vauniya to Anuradhapura road compared to what we saw during the Jayaskurini(pardon my spelling), seems the sldf is doing well, back in Kandy according to forces members deployed in for Kandy Perahara, the morale of the forces in the front is high and happy with the facilities given by the gosl.

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  143. Sri Lanka doesn't have Tamils on its side - India
    [TamilNet, Tuesday, 12 August 2008, 13:14 GMT]
    Sri Lanka may win the battle against the Tamil Tigers but not the war as 'they haven't got the Tamil population on their side', India's National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan said in an interview with the Straits Times newspaper published Tuesday. Saying India understands the Tamils, Mr. Narayanan asked of Sri Lanka, “Do they want a situation like many countries have faced?” His comments come after a survey in a leading Tamil Nadu weekly suggested the majority of people there support the LTTE and want Indian intervention in Sri Lanka.

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  144. Agree with Lankaputhra on Dailymirror reporting. Grossly mis-interpreting Mr. Narayanas interview

    Now Dailymirror has started to lie in their Breaking News. Dailymirror nowadays is increasingly assuming the responsibilities of TamilNet whose current credibility and reputation is nil

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  145. "this is all about Sri Lanka media they always talk about their freedom to publish any crap to gain their political obejective...
    god bless Sri Lankan media!"

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    Sorry just had to comment on this view, what does this have to do with Sri Lankan media, it was published in Indian and Singaporean media, Sri Lankan media just reported on what could be an important development. It would be foolish to bury your head in the sand, if India has something to say we must at least know what it is. What is done with that information is different.

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  146. Sri Lanka doesn't have Tamils on its side - India
    [TamilNut, Tuesday, 12 August 2008, 13:14 GMT]
    Sri Lanka may win the battle against the Tamil Tigers but not the war as 'they haven't got the Tamil population on their side', India's National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan said in an interview with the Straits Times newspaper published Tuesday. Saying India understands the Tamils, Mr. Narayanan asked of Sri Lanka, “Do they want a situation like many countries have faced?” His comments come after a survey in a leading Tamil Nadu weekly suggested the majority of people there support the LTTE and want Indian intervention in Sri Lanka.

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  147. Mohamed

    "Veza Pizza Hut"

    good one

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  148. kevin said...

    Guys there’s less ambulance activity in the road from Vauniya to Anuradhapura road compared to what we saw during the Jayaskurini(pardon my spelling),

    Yeahh You are correct.. the SLA burying the death SLPs in the FDLS

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  149. For short we can say Vizza Hut.

    Menu:
    Masala Vizza
    Ulundu Vizza

    Today's Special:
    Veza Vizza (comes with a pig meat topping and Cynide source)

    Free delivery on Today's Special by our SLDF boys. ;)

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  150. I quite agree with what Jack says.

    if India has something to say we must at least know what it is. What is done with that information is different.

    However I quite disagree with the saying that Sri Lankan Tamils are not on the side of their mother country – Sri Lanka. I personally know a lot of Tamil people, particularly the educated ones, who sincerely want to see the LTTE completely wiped out. Over 80% of the total Tamil population in Sri Lanka live side-by-side with other races with no qualms.

    It is indeed a ridiculous thing to say that Sri Lankan Tamils are not on the side of Sri Lanka. They may not be on the side of the Rajapaksa government. There are lots of non-Tamils too who are not on the side of the Rajapaksa government. It is quite acceptable in a democracy.

    If the Sri Lankan Tamils are not on the side of their mother country, which side are they on? On the side of a rapidly evaporating dreamland? No Tamil person (or anyone else) in their right mind would go against their motherland. It is like sawing of the branch you are sitting on.

    Those who make these bizarre claims must have some idea then as to which side the Sri Lankan Tamil people are on. If they are on the side of a banned Terrorist group, then they all must be gathered and sent to the land of their allegiance without further ado (where are those van keys?).

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  151. Mohamed

    Akbar, a Batticaloa Tamil, was the head of the Victor Unit. He joined the LTTE in 1990 got married in 2003. He was, from its inception, the chief of the Victor Unit, which was named after former Mannar Tiger Commander Victor.

    This unit, known generally among LTTE cadres as the ‘RPG Commando,’ had its roots in the ‘Col.’ Kittu Artillery Unit and had its baptism of fire during ‘Operation Sathjaya’ in Kilinochchi.

    It then became a sub-division of the Imran-Pandian Unit, named after two of Prabhakaran’s trusted bodyguards.


    read the full article on Camp Steel Wire - this was a good blog sadly not updated anymore. The article posted in March is titled Tigers prepare to face Army’s mechanised infantry

    try this link

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  153. here is the History of AKBAR but its in tamil try to get some translation from the tamil Known guys

    http://www.eelatamil.net/index.php?option=com_conten

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  154. Thanks Shan. Shyam, I guess you speak Tamil, can you translate?

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  155. Mo,

    Horagay ammagen peyna ahanna epa machan.

    Where's that email you were going to send me?

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  156. @ Pakka - Lanka: On its way mate.

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  157. Pakka-Lanka-

    "
    Horagay ammagen peyna ahanna epa machan."

    Okka tawath dalla keyayi dane...

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  158. Mohammed

    sounds more like red Bird....

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  159. watch this clip

    SLAF fighetr jet diving very low during a sortie, the announcer says a kfir.

    TS and Nemsis ae you around?, is the jet diving very low or is it the camera angle - starts at 0.43


    SLAF fighetr jet diving very low during a sortie, the announcer says a kfir.

    TS and Nemsis ae you around?, is the jet diving very low or is it the camera angle - starts at 0.43

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  160. on india...............(vs china)

    http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2008/08/chinas-influence-in-indias.html


    “China appears to have prioritised its relationship with Pakistan and Bangladesh occupying the top slot. These two nations have built symbiotic relations with China over the years resulting in the creation of infrastructural and military assets that would come in handy for China, when required. They are followed by Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Maldives in the Chinese order of priority.”

    so SL is the NEXT BIG THING for china in SA. but what is more interesting is the following…

    “Having gained a strong foothold in India’s neighbourhood, China is poised to increase its strategic clout enormously in this region. This is likely to haunt India’s strategic security planners in the coming years.”

    i’m 100% with the concluding statement. he is too soft on it I think. The china-india “competition” is much more SEVERE than col. hariharan puts it. SL will have to choose between either MORE of india or MORE of china as I read somewhere. if we don’t do it, THEY WILL sort it among themselves.


    if I were to choose between the two for military allegiance…………..
    1. india has MANY demands than china from SL. actually china has NONE!
    2. india has a stake in SL’s problem which will make it BIASED not china
    3. china is THE ASIAN superpower
    4. china has world’s second LARGEST defence spending
    5. china is ALREADY into defence-related projects beneficial to both. india-none.
    6. SL historically had ONLY good relations with china. UNFORTUNATELY not so with india.
    7. SL’s “respect” for india is based on Indian domination than anything else
    8. china is FRIENDLY with SL’s other SL’s FRIENDS INDEED in the region, not india
    9. china NEVER drags human rights and other BS into giving weapons to SL (and others)

    TF I will DEFINITELY go with china on military matters. economic matters are different. china and india are BEST OF FRIENDS when it comes to economic matters ANYAWY!!!!

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  161. tiger DPU attack? what crap?

    what happened last sunday was this (what i think):

    tigers moved beyond their FDLs and were "testing the waters". SLA in a lightning strike op "neutralised" this crap build-up.

    tiger advance was on "no-man's" land and therefore is not a "penetration" into SLDF areas. TN gives it away when it says SLA initiated the attacks. if SLA initaiated them, how the hell can it be a LTTE penetration attack?

    but this reveals many tiger secrets.

    1. tigers are SHIT scared of the DPU
    2. they WISH they could do the same
    3. SLDF has not RETREATED for the past 2 years. this worries the LTTE VERY BADLY.
    4. LTTE relys on foolish "psy op"s to keep SLA at bay in the jaffna peninsula. unfortunately they BACKFIRE!!!

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  162. tropicalstorm,

    "you claim that the large numbers who joined the LTTE did it to avenge the death of a loved one. Ain't so, brother.

    Bulk of those who joined were peace-time warriors who thought they were signing-up for a cushy 'govt' job. These guys genuinely thought the war was over, and there never will be a need for them to face flying bullets."

    Can you provide any sort of evidence to back up this total load of crap???

    Many of those (i.e. child soldiers) who joined the LTTE after the beginning of the CFA were forced by the LTTE. The kids would literally ask the recruiters coming to their schools why the LTTE was recruiting during a ceasefire. This became even more pronounced when fighting began in 2006.

    My previous statement applies to before the CFA in the 1990s, when the LTTE transformed from a guerrilla force to a semi-conventional army. The veteran Tigers of Eelam War II & III today comprise what the SL military terms "hardcore fighters," a good number of whom today are mid-ranking commanders. They joined voluntarily and are the core of the LTTE's fighting forces, not the Granny Brigade or the new draftees.

    If I am mistaken, then Kaatikuddupaan can correct me.

    "The military has failed to take advantage of the situation too. What the SLA needs to do is to to tell them, perhaps via loud-speakers or air dropped leaflets is to turn the guns on the seniors who are there to keep them in line, if they are to be able to surrender without harm."

    These tactics have been tried before in the history of counterinsurgency without notable effect- it's hard to win support without face-to-face interaction. In any case, this is precisely why I was arguing that you cannot win hearts and minds by bombing civilians. That is what Anandasangaree is trying to say but the Modayas do not understand.

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  163. Thambala,

    "How come a former ltte cadre is so fluent in the language of english?"

    What is the surprise? Karuna and Pillayan know English. You might as well ask how come SLA veterans like DN or DW know English.

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  164. Wesaballo,

    "you cannot win hearts and minds by bombing civilians"

    SLAF has never bombed civilians you bloody idiot.

    "You might as well ask how come SLA veterans like DN or DW know English."

    Are you lunatic? thota olmaade da?They were never terrorists.

    You find it impossible to hide your pro-LTTE emotions by hiding behind a Sinhala name.

    You are a tiger in ass skin not sheep skin. SLAF should skin you maggots alive.

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  165. Wesaballo,

    koti huuthakata booru paiyakian annama enne umba wage sakkili thamai.

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  166. Dear Chaps,
    It looks like the rascal Rayappu is singing a different song now. He now says ZTTE terrorists are responsible for destruction visited upon Tamils for last 25 years and that the ZTTE's claim of sole representative of Tamils is false.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYwcAl65h9I


    I assume Rayappu got tired of running through the jungle in an amude carrying the statue. Each time the poor bugger got bitten in the butt by a mosquito in the jungle he must have cursed the fat pig for his predicament.

    Cheers!

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  167. Shan

    The diving jet looks more like a Mig27 than a Kfir, but i could be mistaken. My understanding is that the kfir is a precision bomber from high altitude, while teh Mig27is designed for deeep penetarion attacks at low levels. The k'fir is very vulnerable to ground fire at the level filmed and I am not certain whether they take that kind of chances at this stage of the war, when there are other aircraft such as the F7s, K8s and even helicopters that can provide more effective CAS (close air support) such as straffing.
    The Kfir does not need to dive to hit a target accurately.

    Wijaypala
    I have many friends that are as close as family in the tamil community and am privy to things you may not want to admit. My information regarding the people who joined the LTTE expecting a safe job, when the fighting was supposedly over, is accurate and is from very credible sources. I do not feel the need to justify my statement beyond this.

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  168. Wijayapala

    You, like a thousand others, do not read the Sinhalese correctly. We are a lazy, pussycrazy people. We will not re-act too much to minor irritations, or even to significant ones as long as they are intermittant.
    It is not only you. even your uncle Velu wasn't quite clever in determining that the sinhalese will forget anything in two weeks.
    The problem with the Sinhalese is that we forgive, even if we don't forget. and we do that far too easily. To the sinhalese, everything is 'karma' and that is an easy excuse to avoid the tedious task of avenging crimes.

    However, history will show you that the Sinhalese have always reached for the sword once their back is to the wall. And then all hell breaks loose. We've always won, wheneever that happened.

    It is that time now. What you and Anandasangaree and some Indians don't read corrctly is that the Sinhalese are no longer interested in the Tamils' good will. We are going to eliminate tiger violence against our people one way or another.

    Whether the Tamils want to live in peace with us or not will be a choice for them. The majority of the Sinhalese are of the view that the majority of the tamils want to live in peace, and will live in peace, wthere they like it or not.

    That is good enough for us. There's always the immigration option for those who don't like it.

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  169. Thambala,

    "How come a former ltte cadre is so fluent in the language of english?"

    What is the surprise? Karuna and Pillayan know English. You might as well ask how come SLA veterans like DN or DW know English.

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  170. While agreeing with Tropicalstorm, I would like to add that, if any of those Diaspora tamils want to retunr to the country and obtain citizenship throrough checks have to be made.

    The government should ensure that those who are offered citizenship has not willfully donated a cent to LTTE.

    The photo collection of LTTE protests overseas would be helpful in circumstances like this to identify the activists and black list/punish them

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  171. ananda singai is getting mad by the day. i thought his “advice” on defence matters was BAD. his recent political conduct is WORSE.

    http://www.asiantribune.com/?q=node/12716

    “Once again I reiterate that whatever solution found should be within a United Sri Lanka”

    no mr singari. it is a UNITARY sri lanka!!!! let me prove it.

    what is closer to UNITY (which is what we need); UNITARY or UNITED? Answer: UNITARY.

    “If I am wrong in yearning for it I may be hanged at Galle Face.”

    do we hang people in galle face? never heard of that before. should not do that type of BARBARIC acts of hanging people in the public. this is the 21st century and this is NOT tamil eelam.

    first he tried to bash douglas devananda (a true MODERATE politician) who is doing a SUPERB job in the north who escaped 6+ terror attempts on his life as against sangari (none!!!). whatever said and done, thambi never attempted on AS’s life. now he is trying to bash dayan jayatileka.

    wow!

    why not he bash mahinda for a change and see what happens?
    One guy by the name randy mash has commented, “TULF and Anandasangaree are responsible for the development of the LTTE. Its their false propaganda of Tamil home lands and Tamil grievances, that sparked racism and the racist megalomaniac Prabakaran. Its better Mr Sangaree apologies for his racist past first.”
    totally agree.

    so he is STILL the president of the tamil tamil tamil united liberation front. even in the 21 century it cannot drop the race card, pathetic. and that is why he wants a UNITED SL not a UNITARY SL.
    one more good thing of the military campaign is it throws out hidden separatists!!

    but I pray that ananda singari once again becomes the gentle, tolerant politician with no interferences in military matters and he shed the race card for good.

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  172. Wijayapala,

    [you cannot win hearts and minds by bombing civilians.]

    I don't agree with you on this statement. In the Ealam War IV, SLAF have done a tremendous job to avoid civilian casualties when compare with the other countries like Israel AF.

    If they ignore the civilians casualties and attacked, the war has already finish now.

    Very bad analysis. :)

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  173. observer,

    agree with you mate, but.........

    "The government should ensure that those who are offered citizenship has not willfully donated a cent to LTTE."

    i think this is tooooo harsh. most ppl were "fooled" into it or they just followed the trend. lets forgive them.

    the case of fund raisers and activists is a different issue. they should be screwed.

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  174. India Concerned about Sri Lanka’s
    Military Buildup

    Major Issue

    Sri Lanka Defense agreements
    With China & Pakistan

    Indian Defense secretary told
    Today in Headlines Today News
    Channel in India.

    New Delhi closely monitoring
    Sri Lankan Defense activities

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  175. Wijayapala,

    your assesment is somewhat correct. Some like me were just hopeless induviduals who had failed at something in life ie. A level exam, love e.t.c

    We joined LTTE so it would give us something interesting to do and we wouldn't have to worry about how to suport ourselves because thalaivar would take care of everything.

    Lot of the good frontline fighters were from east, these were conscripts be Karuna.

    Others in GOSL areas, were affected in some way by army brutalities and then joined LTTE by doing jobs e.t.c

    Before current crisis, you had to prove yourself for 6 months, by doing LTTE work like putting posters, kitchen work, recce on army movements. After that you would be allowed to go for training which was a comprehensive 6 month course and you had selection of which unit you like to join.

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  178. LTTE second biggest income among Terrorist

    It is estimated that the LTTE terrorist outfit earns an annual income of US$ 200-300 million both by legal and illegal business recording the second biggest income among such group, the August issue of Jane's Intelligence Report said.The report said the huge income is generated perhaps from shipping to drugs and extortion by a network of professional managers -both Tamils and others- across a string of countries and as a guerilla group its income is second only to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia whose income comes from its vast Cocaine sales.

    "Shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles are almost certainly the most probable item on the wish list, but there will also be small arms and other weapons," Christian LeMiere, managing Editor of Jane's Country Risk disclosed.

    The report also reveals that the banned outfit is generating income via a established network of Tamil Charities which are transferred to LTTE coffers, which the report described as an effective system of funding the terrorist group.

    The LTTE has been evidently blamed for misusing and using the vast amount of money obtained from the donors during the post tsunami recovery activities. The terrorists have been misleading the international donors and have used the money that have been granted by them for terrorist activities in Sri Lanka.

    The Australian federal government has prosecuted LTTE supporters on the same charge .

    According to the report the Tiger terrorists are smuggling in weapons from South-East Asia and nearby parts of India.

    Editor Christian LeMiere said, "But the progress of the war since 2006 has been against the LTTE, so it hasn't done them very much good," A series of arrests of alleged Tiger weapons buyers in North America, Europe and Thailand have also obviously worsened the situation.

    The Tigers, have been widely condemned for their use of suicide bombing and are listed in the US, European Union and elsewhere as terrorists, the report said.

    The report also said that the terrorist attack on US twin towers and the global crackdown on terrorist movements has severely affect the LTTE terrorists resulting to covert behaviors in the international arena.

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  179. ilham the boss

    I don't know if the naval ships you said were brought by our navy is true. Where is the source?

    And your claim that we are looking to acquire s-300 missile systems and the supposed TOR-1 missiles is our arsenal is also HIGHLY doubtful.

    Give us a proper source for your claims.

    I am starting to think that you are a masquerading LTTE supporter, trying to fool some of the poster here.

    Plus you screen "ilham" sounds a lot like .....

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  180. Ponna GOVT Election Campaings

    TMVP’S Mangalam group threatens UNP campaigners at Polannaruwa


    UNP election campaigners came under threat from gun wielding TMVP members at Dalukana and Namalpokuna along Dimbulagala Road in the Polannaruwa District, according to reliable sources. About 15 persons from Mangalam Master group of the TMVP , including some who were in possession of rifles, arrived at the places where the UNP campaigners were putting up posters and pointing their guns at them told “You Sinhalese cannot be allowed to do election work in our land, Go Away”. They also ordered them to remove the posters already put up. This incident occurred at 1 pm today.

    The UNP supporters went away fearing that they would be shot at if they defied, according to the sources.

    Similar threats by the same Mangalam Group at JVP election campaigners were reported from the Polannaruwa district last week.

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  181. GE,

    yes mate. i told him so yesterday.

    however, his claims of transport vessels and a frigate for SLN is somewhat believable. SLN planned to buy these in 2006(?) and didn't go ahead. MAY be it's revived.

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  182. Moshe

    If they were revived that silly deal, then I am sure we would have heard something from India by now.

    And if we already have TOR-1 missile systems and looking to further buy S-300 missile systems, then India would have a heart attack.

    As far as I am concerned, ilham is fooling a lot of people on this blog.

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  183. GE,

    i don't think anyone would buy the idea of S-300s!!!!

    crap.

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  184. goldeneagle,


    ilham the boss did this yesterday too, he posted some Janes Defence articles related to some military hardware purchase by Sri Lanka that was more than an year old. I suspect he's just trying to cause somesort of stir, either an LTTE masquerading as you say or someone trying to make us all pissed off about government spending (or both).

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  185. LNP hall of shame ... ha ha ha ha ha!

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  186. GE/machang,

    BTW re: the vessels deal,

    its a "silly" deal. but buying the 2 things that i mentioned (obviously different stuff) is not.

    it was actually considered in 2005 (not 2006). iqbal athas.

    http://www.ibiblio.org/maritime/Scheepvaartnieuws/Pdf/scheepvaartnieuws/2005/mei/113-03-05-2005a.PDF

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  187. moshe D,...
    nice analysis of india vs china,....

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  188. Another Village to LTTEs List of Recapturing Territory-3009

    Kalvilan village captured - Military

    Army troops captured Kalvilan village, 2km south-west of Thunukkai after two days of heavy fighting. 30 LTTE cadres killed and a senior leader injured, Military confirmed.

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  189. Guys, a bit off topic..

    Hope you would remeber there was this European MP Robert Evans , who visited SL recently threatened that GSP+ might not be renewed..

    Apparently this Evans fellow is a big time terrorist suppor and Asian Tribune has compiled a list of his past terrorist deeds..
    .


    But my question is who invited this monkey to the country..


    I think the best thing that we should do is question the dubious characters before the invitations are made.

    If you can remember the issue of Alan Rock from Canada, whi was also a terrorist sympathizer this was the exact case. First we invited the terrorist to come on a diplomatic mission and then realises the man is a terrorist supporter. I think this should come to an end.

    I wonder what the foreign ministry is doing about this.

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  191. Ugly Facets of Journalists

    They are at it again; making a mountain out of a molehill.

    Mr V K Narayanan, the National Security Advisor to the Indian Government, was reported to have said that the Tamil population is not on the government side - in replying to a question, of course.

    It was a major news item in a certain circus of local media and of course in Tamilnet as well.

    There is a bunch of journalists, both local and global, who are going to be redundant with the end of this conflict. So, in the dying days, they are doing exactly what folks in similar circumstances do - clutching at a straw.

    As usual, they took what the veteran official said out of context, blew it out of sensible proportion and splashed across the main pages of printed media; then its impact died out as fast as it appeared in the first place. That is good news.

    This particular band of journalists puts words into the mouth of an eminent figure, take a few words out of him, and cook up a bit of uproar. In the end, they destroy the very source as well by embarrassing him to the core.

    For instance, if the question is phrased as, “Do you think the Tamils are on the side of Sri Lankan government?" what is the bureaucrat supposed to say?

    Can he say, "Yes they are," when that is not the case? Can he say, "No, they are not at all," which is not true either?

    So, veteran officials who have been moulded by years of experience in the minefield of diplomacy are forced to strike a balance while making an assessment; so they carefully choose the middle path, the road they usually travel :” I think the government must take the Tamil population on their side," says the veteran. And it becomes a headline and bogeyman India is erected across the narrow Palk Straits – symbolizing how narrow-minded the men-with-a-pen are. They are at it again; making a mountain out of a molehill.

    In mid 1980's, when a headline of this kind is made, some elements in the government started India bashing in earnest with blatant patronage from the top, without verifying the facts - just to play to the gallery. We paid a heavy collective price for it, in the end.

    I am glad the present leadership is not emulating those fools.

    Of course we have to take the Tamil population on our side. At present, some sections, for obvious reasons, are not with us. They feel intimidated and to some extent humiliated in the current circumstances. Unfortunately, no one has easy solutions to address this issue at the moment, especially, at a time when the country is technically at war.

    But the good thing is, these are temporary emotional standings. They are not going to stay with a particular community for ever, unless you are a die-hard racist. They will die down as racial harmony and the need for mutual existence substitute the racial hatred spread by Tigers on all fronts.

    There are plenty of sources to draw inspiration from, to believe that is the case.

    When Sikhs extremists were being dealt with in India, Sikhs and Hindus used to hate each other so much. A lot of Sikhs migrated to other countries and even didn't want to associate themselves with India any more. However, once the concept of Khalistan, the homeland for Sikhs in Punjab, died down, people have forgotten these things and the two communities get on well with each other exactly as they had been doing for hundreds of years. Of course, there is a tiny minority in both communities who are hell bent on driving a wedge between the two; but they are not making any headway. I know this very well, as I have hundreds of very good friends in both communities.

    When Muslim extremists blew up bombs in European capitals, European folks didn't want to sit next to anyone with Middle Eastern appearance or that that of South Asian, especially on the underground trains. That was very embarrassing for Europeans, as this was not something that they normally preach to others. But it did happen that way - borne out of understandable apprehension. Fortunately, once again, things have changed. People have forgotten those things to the point some do not even know those things did exit, two years back.

    Tamil Tigers have conned hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting European customers in supermarkets and petrol stations in Europe and no European wants to use their debit or credit card in the presence of a shop assistant with a dark skin, especially in the forecourts of petrol stations. That will change too, when the world comes to know that the bloody species is no more.

    The pendulum of racial emotions of a community can swing, sometimes through a very wide range, before it settles down at the point of equilibrium – by itself. By default, external forces leave it alone at that point. Those who want to keep it moving are the journalists with an agenda and die-hard racists. However, they must understand the existence of the universal factor - inertia. Inertia is capable of bringing any hyped-up situation to its natural position where it feels at ease - in the case of Tamil minority, the peaceful existence with the majority. The Journalists with an agenda are going to fail - and once again.

    Another ugly facet of local journalists was displayed in the saga of Mervyn Silva. They have been harassing this famously vulnerable character for so long and there is no sign of abating. They are in the business of provoking him at every opportunity to get his wrong side out - something we all have within us, that include these men-with-a-pen - and then destroy the individual. The journalists have made it look like a national urgency – taming Mervyn Silva.

    It is truly amazing the way dramatization of vengeance is played out in a land that is supposed to be awash with compassion.

    I remember a story, a way back that happened in Britain. A veteran editor who made a meal out of wrecking the lives of celebrities and politicians, himself was caught in a less-than-holy drama. So, packs of journalists laid siege to his residence and he was caught red-handed saying, “I don’t want these people around my house this early.” Of course, it is worse than sending paparazzi with a camera and telescope to monitor every movement of a celebrity, politician or a member of the Royal Family!

    Journalists are an endangered species – hypocrites. Hypocrites, by definition, have a short life-span, because they contradict everything they say and do – including death.

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  192. b#1,

    According to this...

    ...
    Meanwhile defence sources in the Wanni battlefront said, that troops of the 57 division have gained the total control of Kalvilan area, in the South of Tununkkai town this morning. With the loss of Kalvilan it has become impossible for the terrorist to defend strategically vital Tunukkai and Mallavi towns much longer, said the sources.
    .....
    (http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20080813_05)

    It can be confirmed that Kalvilan is under SLA. And also we can see that Thunukkai and Mallavi are still under siege

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  193. wow defence.lk says 58 has taken control of pallavarayakaddu. that's immediately south of the devil's point peninsula and getting pretty close to pooneryn. im guessing 58 will secure a beachhead closeby for landing a reinforcing division from jaffna.

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