Tuesday, October 28, 2008

LTTE air attacks in Colombo and Thalladi, Mannar

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) light aircraft bombed locations in Mannar and Colombo a short while ago. According to our information bombs have fallen near Thalladi, Mannar where a Sri Lanka Army base is located. At least 1 soldiers was injured in the attack in Mannar.

Meanwhile the air defense system was activated in Colombo and parts of the city was placed under a blackout upon detection of a suspicious aircraft at around 10.45PM. LTTE aircraft managed to drop at least one bomb near Kelanathissa power plant. Resulting explosion triggered a fire which caused damages to parts of the coolant system connected a gas turbine which was currently not in operation. Power supply to other parts of the country continued without interruption.

Reports of smoke and explosions from other areas such as Colombo Harbor and the Kerawalapitiya plant are due to the air defense system being activated. There were no LTTE attacks on any of these locations.

215 comments:

  1. It's time to SLAF birds to take to flight again.
    Good lesson for us.

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  2. This great opportunity offered to us needs to be accepted... and SLAF must give a fitting reply.

    Is anybody still out there wanting us to 'talk' to these terrorists?

    BBC / AP / Blake ?

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  3. I bet it's a case of us caught napping. We were listening to fairy tales of India.

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  4. Yeah right. Tin cans can fly in monsoon but MIGs can't.

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  5. Old DN map showing the location:
    http://lh4.google.com/defencenetlk/R7FxEkZ0u6I/AAAAAAAAAKU/JOsC0dNHDYI/map-5afdcac42739

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  6. Looks like at least 3 bombs exploded.

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  7. Govt. should hold India responsible for this.

    Then again, India is responsible for the whole mess in the first place.

    No matter how much you try to paint India good, they are not our friend. They have a hidden agenda.
    (That doesn't mean India is LTTE's friend.)

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  8. HAHAHAHA!

    Bad weather for MIG27 and fir

    Good weather for Zlin

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  9. Continues firing can here from the Fort side may be the anti aircraft Guns

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  10. Power cut in Colombo. No more modays to entertain us here.

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  11. Well well ...colombo is targeted by TAF once again ... ! what happed to those Missiles and Fighter jets and air defence system...?

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  12. Oil storage on fire in Colombo. Too many clouds. No one can see. No planes can fly.

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  13. lkdood said...
    any planes down ?????

    Yeahh but not planes only 2 bombs on Sapugaskantha ans 3 bombs on Thalladi base ...

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  14. [Well well ...colombo is targeted by TAF once again ... ! what happed to those Missiles and Fighter jets and air defence system...?

    ]

    ammapaaaaaaaaaa... The Elaam also has landed?

    Idiots! These total terror attacks will shut the remaining mouthpieces harping for 'talks' for good...

    Sheer desperate terrorist attack.... in the face of total victory by the SLDF.

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  15. Both targets seem to be of not much value wrt what LTTE's in right now.
    So, I am sure this is to confuse AF. There must be something else going on somewhere else.

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  16. Like with Vavuniya SLA will cook up a story about 5 planes downed etc., but we don't need to worry. They can only write about planes downed. Air Tigers will keep flying; in sun and in rain.

    Weather can stop SLAF modayas but Air Tigers are a different breed.

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  17. I've just climbed down from the roof. No signs of an air attack in colombo. The skies are very clear today. I don't see LTTE terrorists taking a chance on clear skies like this.

    Can't believe that there is power cut in Colombo. From my roof in Colomb South I can see the glow in the sky of the lights in Colombo.

    Probably some silly terrorist supporters waiting for some silly old thing to happen..

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  18. I've just climbed down from the roof. No signs of an air attack in colombo. The skies are very clear today. I don't see LTTE terrorists taking a chance on clear skies like this.

    Can't believe that there is power cut in Colombo. From my roof in Colomb South I can see the glow in the sky of the lights in Colombo.

    Probably some silly terrorist supporters waiting for some silly old thing to happen..

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  19. If any air attack happened, the BBC Sinhala and Tamil Service LTTE terrorist could be having another party like last time that they did.

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  20. Are the LTTE Using the Zlins or Jets this times....Looks ike they have used fighter jets to bomb colombo while they used Zlins to bomb Mannar ...!

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  21. Reuters:

    A rebel Tamil Tiger aircraft dropped bombs near oil storage tanks in the Sri Lankan capital on Tuesday after another raid 250 km north targeting a military base, military sources said.

    "The aircraft dropped bombs in Colombo near the oil storage tanks," a military source said on condition of anonymity. Another source confirmed it and said it was under investigation.

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  22. Ok. now we have a reason for not reducing oil prices.

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  23. Update: Fire engines have been dispatched to Kelanithissa Power plant. Parts of the coolant system connected to a gas turbine have caught fire.

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  24. BE CAREFUL!

    THERE MIGHT BE OTHERS ON THEIR WAY!
    KEEP VIGILANCE PEOPLE!

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  25. I'm surprised the LTTE didnt use this oppertunity to launch ground based attacks into colombo as well. With the power blackout they have the over of darkness.

    Again our much vaunted 'Air Defence' has shown itself to be useless. The much feared F-7Gs can't seem to be able to do the job.

    And once again it brings into question the whole question of the airforce claims of shooring down 1 LTTE place during their last attack.

    I hope the power station isnt too badly damaged. And more importantly i hope there is little to no damage at Thaladi camp. Which makes me wonder, are the LTTE planing to launch a counter-offensive on that front?!?

    Serious questions needs to be asked of our Air Defence system. If it can't shoot down a bunch of rag-tag light aircraft, then some serious thought has to be given into this.

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  26. # Tamil Tiger air raids hit Sri Lanka capital: military
    Click Here

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  27. [Yeahh but not planes only 2 bombs on Sapugaskantha]

    ado Shyma Punde...dont lie fckr...be sure of wat u r talking...

    Sapugaskanda is not attacked...i live very close to Sapugaskanda..

    KelaniTissa power station was hit by 2 bombs. we heard a sound of a small plane flying and the sound stopped suddenly. the firing from Colombo side was during this time.

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  28. DN do you have an update about the situation in Talladi??

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  29. # Tamil Tiger air raids hit Sri Lanka capital: military
    Click Here

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  30. BE CAREFUL!

    THERE MIGHT BE OTHERS ON THEIR WAY!
    KEEP VIGILANCE PEOPLE!

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  31. What was wrong with the radar's. was it due to bad weather or were they really damaged due to the vavunia attack

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  32. virus_alert,
    Doing our best to bring you one. It's not an easy time for communication

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  33. thanx DN... keep up the good work.

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  34. According India's request, LTTE did some Diwali Fireworks. Enjoy guys

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  35. We were all under the impression that TAF could not attack Colombo and get away without any damage.

    If they get away without any damage this time, then surely it’s time for air chief to step down. NO MORE EXCUSES!

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  36. No damage to generators in Kelanithissa and no impact on electricity supply

    Only 2 cooler fans damaged in the LTTE attack.

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  37. How sad!

    TAF's two paper planes were shot down by F-7 fighters. It was seen by the 57th division of SLA. Some civilians in Mallawi also confirmed the same.

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  38. Guys,

    Minimum or maximum damage, it doesn’t matter. The truth is that they managed to drop bombs on one of our most important installations in the heart of Colombo and managed to get away (that’s assuming that they did).

    Some serious action need to be taken and I don’t mean buying more equipment!

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  39. Parakrama fully agreed.

    All I can at the moment is wtf!

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  40. I am going to help out DefenceLK.

    Today in the wee hours two terrorist planes tried to bomb humanitarian facilities in Mannar and Colombo.

    Vigilant troops returned fire at both flying terror planes which ran off after their dismal cowardly failure.

    Intelligence reports said that one terror plane was shot down over Mallawai in Wanni. Civilians said they saw a massive fireball and LTTE terrorists running into the thick jungle to remove the downed plane.

    The second plane was downed over the sea. Civilians engaged in fishing said they saw the plane go down in deep sea.

    Tiger terrorists have four planes. One was downed after Vavuniya attack. Two downed today. We will blame the forth plane for the next attack.

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  41. Moda peter,

    why didn't they target MR? or anything significant?

    Your moda prabakaran is giving you some moda choon... enjoy the orgasm!

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  42. No heavy casualties at Thalladi base. According to our information 1 soldier injured. This figure may (or may not) change as we get more information.

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  43. silentknight said...

    did we even scramble our jets?


    Why should we Scramble our own jets :-))

    I did an egg in the morning though.

    Just kidding..!

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  44. Puli... where did you come accross the information that 2 TAF planes were shot down by our F-7s?

    I think it is highly unlikely our F-7s got near the TAF aircraft, let alone shoot at them.

    The MiG-21/F-7G is a high speed interceptor. Its not designed to shoot down slow and low flying aircraft.

    And from what i've heard, neither our KFir or MiG-27 drivers were tought Dogfighting skills.

    So don't be surprised when 3 or 4 TAF aircraft show up over the skies of colombo again sometime soon for another ariel display.

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  45. firing & smoke in Kotuwa & paliyagoda

    firing in Katunayaka

    -lankadeepa

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  46. Anybody can guess why the ltte would do this at this juncture?

    I think it is extremely poor judgement by them. Now the SL Govt can tell India" "See, we told you so".

    Ltte would have done better to have played the innocent lamb at this point of the game.

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  47. Lk dood
    that must be the anti air fire they are talking about right?

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  48. Lkdood,
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    firing & smoke in Kotuwa & paliyagoda

    firing in Katunayaka"

    Thats the ADS being activated as far as we know.

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  49. Guys...
    we cant expect good news all the time.. So lets eat this thing up and keep going......

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  50. LTTE MFs are taking too many risks ... this is real desperation

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  51. The imminent capture of Nachchikuda is far more important than this military unimportant PR stunt. More news on this:

    http://www.dailynews.lk/2008/10/29/sec01.asp

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  52. Hold on patriots.

    I have just emailed the story to DefenceLK. They will publish it as main story in a few mins.

    Today in the wee hours two terrorist planes tried to bomb humanitarian facilities in Mannar and Colombo.

    Vigilant troops returned fire at both flying terror planes which ran off after their dismal cowardly failure.

    Intelligence reports said that one terror plane was shot down over Mallawai in Wanni. Civilians said they saw a massive fireball and LTTE terrorists running into the thick jungle to remove the downed plane.

    The second plane was downed over the sea. Civilians engaged in fishing said they saw the plane go down in deep sea.

    Tiger terrorists have four planes. One was downed after Vavuniya attack. Two downed today. We will blame the forth plane for the next attack.

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  54. peter,thanks for the update.
    where do you get all the updated news?

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  55. guys don't blame anyone without knowing all the parameters.

    When we have a good idea about the lapse or otherwise that caused a zlin to come to colombo then we might be justified in throwing a few accusations.

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  56. Guys guys.. come on... one lay off does not mean we are lost... Lets get this aside and hope the Air chief will take effective measures not to let this happen again. Lets not talk about negative stuff...

    Get you mind off this incident people.. here.. give your opinion on this Should the Sri Lankan Government disclose military casualty figures?

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  57. Defence Column,

    What's more important is: due to this, will Sri Lanka get back the Indian support?

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  58. Corey..
    Ya buddy.. but let this run for a week since it is already started.. there were many votes on the previous vote regarding india. but this one is moving slowly

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  59. It’s bit embarrassing but be patient again you have to realise enemy is strong until you see him die..forcus on what you are doing it seems no fly zones only for SLAF not for tigers..they might have come from the sea …from this attack it’s proved that pilot must be well trained (a lot of flying hours) and may be foreign national..otherwise it could be suicide mission or tigers testing the air defence system..

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  60. Corey..
    Ya buddy.. but let this run for a week since it is already started.. there were many votes on the previous vote regarding india. but this one is moving slowly

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  61. Mates.. time to catch some sleep.. see you all tomorrow. Hail Sri Lanka....

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  62. Lets' get up when we are down... and vow hammer the LTTE bastards with more determination.

    So far we have done amazingly great... Stay united and let the professionals handle the job.

    Basic principle works like magic...

    Kill more... achieve more.

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  63. Gringo is right!

    We are doing amazingly well. Could we have even imagined our forced within 1.5Km of Kilinochchi a couple of years ago? Their victory is amazing!! We should not undermine their achievements. We should give credit where credit is due. However, at the same time, we should learn to admit our weaknesses!

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  64. DN,
    Thanks for the updates.
    Do we have any information on whether the Zlins came from west coast and went back to Mullaittivu?
    Are they -soon to be obsolete- stock from the Nachchikuda area…?

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  65. we are more than ever determined to eliminate LTTE .

    These attacks strenghs that position

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  66. LTTE air strike in Mannar and Colombo: Military
    2008-10-28 23:26:13

    An LTTE aircraft has dropped two bombs in the Thaladi army camp in Mannar and at the Kelanitissa power station shortwhile ago, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

    He said details of the damages were not knwon immediately.

    But, the Defence Ministry in a statement released later said no damages had been caused to the premises.

    As a precaution lights in some areas in Colombo were switched off, but within an hour power supplies to all areas were restored.

    Journalists outside the power station awaiting security clearance to enter the premises said they did not notice any major fire and on any damages caused.

    However they said that they could confirm whether any damages had been caused to any of the machines.

    Residents in Wattala said they observed a low flying air craft and thereafter a loud sound of an explosion.

    The air defence system was activated and the night skys were lit up, but there were no reports of any damage caused to the LTTE aircraft.

    The Defence ministry said at Thaladi, at around 10.20p.m., three bombs were reported dropped from LTTE air craft , but no major damages were caused due to the explosions.

    Meanwhile the pro-LTTE Tamilnet website said that according to reports from Wanni, Air force fighter jets were seen over Kilinochchi town, Visuvamadu, Iranamadu and Murasumoaddai areas between 11:00 and 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, soon after the air raids by the LTTE.

    The SLAF aircrafts were using para lights in their search mission over Wanni.

    Residents in the north said that they had observed two air crafts returning after the attacks and seen them flying towards Mannar.

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  67. i dont like to critiscise our A/F , but if they couldnt scramble a couple of fully loaded birds into the air, they are walking on thin ice.

    add to that the fact that it seems, they cant procure what is needed,not wanted,....hell at least make the best use of what we have!!.
    for F*** sake, when will they bloody learn.

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  68. hey,...this a high time to SLAF to take some lessons

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  69. DN-
    How bad the situvation in Colombo now? Any Casualties?
    Need to make sure keep the general public calm else all hard work can get wiped out.

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  70. Well .........the SLAF wont cook up stories to prop themselves up.....surely they can say they shot a plane down over the sea if they are desparate.........well the fact is the TAF is lucky again.....they wont be for long.....relax and expect Kili to to fall anytime soon........this action seems to be to take off the gloss on this impending victory by the SLDF.......mostly the Army....

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  71. # Me "TAF raids" vala dan nan kisima gathiyak na. Dan apata ganakwath na avith giya kiyala. (Thama unta hariyaka target ekata danda bari hinda hondai) Bima dammoth itharai athal eka.

    # Diaspora athal ekath soda bothale vage. 5 mins - gone.

    # It is so obvious that LTTE have to use these tincans before SLA advance and get or destroy them. (nil=kan thiyan indala monava karandada?) Bad part was SLAF failed this time.

    # Why SLAF didn't attack last two weeks was due to indian/TN drama. (I don't think 2 weeks holiday was due to whether.)

    # Also main reason why they didn't detect was due to Indian radars. GSL should send back those radars to vaiko and buy chineese 3D radars. This was the reason even earlier pilots couldn't detect TAF in 3D space using 2D radars.

    # Even if SLAF cheif resign it will not fix the SLAF problem. What SLAF has is a major issue within their processes, people, their mentaility and behaviour. Removing one person will not fix these; there will not be quick change. SLAF need to work long term on this. First step would be to recruit from villages like kabithigollawa, siripura, hingurakkgoda etc and fix the english (langauge) problem.

    # Also, we can't expect a war without own damages. LTTE will do some thing as they can.

    # As rovwer said be patient and move on as we did. One year ago who thought SLA will be 2km to K'chi?

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  72. Fire in Sri Lanka power station after air raid
    [ LBO ] - [ Oct 28, 2008 20:25 GMT ]

    Oct 28, 2008 (LBO) � A fire broke out in a key power station in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo soon after lights were doused on warnings of a Tamil Tiger guerrilla air raid, officials and the military said.

    A lubrication oil cooler connected to the gas turbine plant GT7 in Kelanitissa was burning, officials of the state-run utility Ceylon Electricity Board said. The fire department was already on site.

    The GT7 is a 110MegaWatt plant which was currently not being used due to its high cost.

    Power was restored to the capital around 12.30 am on local time Wednesday.

    Anti-aircraft fire lit up the night sky soon after power was cut to the capital when Tamil Tiger guerrilla aircraft were detected on the western coast of the island.

    Military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said Tamil Tiger aircraft had dropped two bombs near the Mannar area police headquarters around 10.30 p.m in northeastern Sri Lanka in another raid.

    Tamil Tigers had previously raided petroleum installations in the capital Colombo using low flying light aircraft.

    They are using a 'Bed check Charlie' strategy successfully used in Korea by communist forces against the United States.

    Some of the 'Charlies' were as old as the Polikarpov bi-planes dating from before the second World War.

    The slow moving aircraft slipped under American radar, dropped a few bombs and flew away, leaving faster North American F-86 Sabre jets helpless.

    Similar tactics have also been used in other wars, including in the second world war and separatist wars.

    Sri Lanka's air force has claimed one kill of guerilla aircraft so far.

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  73. Actually, I am pleased about this attack (no deaths and only economic and minor military damage is the result, so what?). Now TN can shut up once and for all and we can restart our bombing runs and blow them to smeethereens till Kingdom come, willy nilly! Just what we were waiting for to get on with carpet bombing.

    Sammy, you are a small inexperienced little boy, better to keep you mouth shut and let the adults talk.

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  74. [One year ago who thought SLA will be 2km to K'chi?
    ]

    Good one.

    Is there any LTTE coolie who wants to take this EASY Q?

    p-l-e-a-s-e....

    he he he

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  75. DN-
    Was it one plane attacked the both location or few?
    Any idea about the airborn location?

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  76. One thing every one understand that every thing happens to the benefit of the rulers....and innocent lives in danger until this war ends......

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  77. perein,

    "Was it one plane attacked the both location or few?
    Any idea about the airborn location?"

    It looks like two aircraft came. The same ones that bombed Mannar seem to have flown towards Colombo. This however is still under investigation.

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  78. There is no victory by capturing Killinochchi...killing the own people and capturing a greave for what???? for Whom????

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  79. Kumar-
    killing the own people and holding to Killi is acceptable?
    Letting those ppl to surfer some more is acceptable?
    Get a life and go to hell

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  80. /There is no victory by capturing Killinochchi.../

    Wait...SLA still didn't capture K'chi. We know it s not stratergicaly importent..not a victory...but you have more time to say this.

    /killing the own people and capturing a greave for what???? for Whom????/

    What happened? got drunk after TAF party!!

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  81. Finally this tincan show did nothing for LTTE except 5 mins diaspora moda choon as no big damages and SLAF now can restart raids. Its true SLAF failed but so as TAF.

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  82. SLAF raids had restarted almost 12 hours earlier.

    Unless modaya used some Mahavamsa magic to travel back in time and bomb Paranthan High School half a day before the TAF raid.

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  83. Peter,

    I see you are still trying your luck with this "mahavamsa" trick! Also see that you are getting dumber everyday...what to do man, life's like that. Don't be disheartened, keep it up, some idiots may actually buy your BS.

    In the meantime, even your own TamilNUT admitted that SLAF attacked a target 750 meters from that school, that’s nearly a kilometre! So, in which universe will that constitute an attack on the school?

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  84. #Sri Lanka rebel air attack puts capital in dark
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  85. They bombed Col one hour after Thaladi wt did airforce do in this one hour?

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  87. Sri Lankan families count cost of war

    Roland Buerk
    BBC News, Veruppamkulam

    It was 25 years ago this week that a minor insurgency in Sri Lanka began to turn into a full-scale civil war.

    Sri Lankan soldier
    The army is advancing in the north

    An attack by Tamil Tiger rebels in the north sparked rioting across the country targeting members of the Tamil minority. The events came to be known as Black July.

    More than 70,000 people have died in the conflict. Now the army says victory is finally in sight.

    In recent weeks the pace of the advance has quickened, but the Tigers deny they are facing defeat.

    The army is recruiting hard, especially from rural areas.

    Not long ago the Defence Ministry sent out a text message to mobile phones nationwide.

    "Young Patriots," it read. "Come join with our armed forces and be a part of a winning team."

    Earnings and tragedy

    Over the years war and the army has become a way of life for many families.

    KB Leelawatti
    KB Leelawatti had two sons in the army who died in action

    Take the village of Veruppamkulam, midway between the capital, Colombo, and the Tamil Tigers' northern stronghold. Some 125 families live here and all but a handful have at least one person in the armed forces.

    The war has brought them some relief from the poverty of rural Sri Lanka.

    There are brick houses, complete with colour televisions. Some have shiny new Bajaj three wheeler scooters parked outside, others have Indian motorbikes.

    Last week the roof was being put on a house being built by a military family. The man overseeing the work said 47 of his relatives were in the forces. When the conflict began, he said, they were living in shacks.

    Fighting has become the best career option for young men. There is little other work in the village.

    Nuwan Charmara Dinepala, 18, planned to go to the army camp to join up the next day.

    "I can't stay at home. I have nothing to do, no job," he said as he took a break from a game of cricket with his friends, many of whom were soldiers at home on leave.


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    In pictures: School fear in Sri Lanka

    The war has also brought tragedy to Veruppamkulam. There are graves of fallen soldiers in the village. One headstone features a map of the island and a Sri Lankan flag.

    KB Leelawatti has only photographs as reminders of her two soldier sons. They were killed within months of each other, aged 22 and 23, and their bodies were never recovered from the battlefield.

    "I am happy because they sacrificed their lives for the country," she said tears steaming down her face.

    "On the other hand I am so sad to have lost them. And it's not only my children, so many young Sri Lankans have joined the forces to go to war."

    'Houses burning'

    This month became known as Black July back in 1983 because the explosion of violence was so bitter.

    The Tamil Tigers attacked an army convoy in the Jaffna peninsula, killing many soldiers. The next day rioting broke out in Colombo and mobs attacked members of the ethnic Tamil minority.

    Kaderaveil Sunder
    Kaderaveil Sunder was rescued from Sinhala mobs by other Sinhalas

    The violence quickly spread. No one really knows how many Tamils were killed before the situation was brought under control. Estimates range from 400 to 3,000.

    Many thousands of Tamils left the island. Others stayed, including Kaderaveil Sunder, a shopkeeper in Colombo.

    "Houses were burning, everywhere there was fire," he said. "We were hearing the sounds of the fire brigade going here and there. Police... we couldn't see and we were very frightened because we thought we might get killed.

    "Thank God [Sinhalese] people came to help us who were known to us. And that's how we escaped from the situation."

    Tamil arguments

    Twenty-five years on much has changed as the war has ebbed and flowed across the island.

    A ceasefire signed in 2002 was finally abandoned after breaking down on the ground two years ago.

    Evening prayers in Veruppamkulam
    Villagers in Veruppamkulam pray for peace

    The government says its forces, which are advancing into the north, have already driven the Tigers from the east.

    Provincial elections have been held in the east that the government says will be the basis for limited devolution intended to end the conflict.

    They were won by a government alliance including a breakaway faction from the rebels which still hasn't given up its guns. A former Tamil Tiger child soldier is now chief minister of the Eastern Province.

    "The fact that the present chief minister in the Eastern Province is a Tamil doesn't resolve the Tamil question," said R Sampanthan, the leader of the pro-Tiger Tamil National Alliance grouping in parliament.

    "The Tamils want political power in their hands. Tamils want the principle of self-determination accepted in the areas of historical habitation.

    "There may be Tamil militants, or ex-militants who are under compulsion to make common cause with the government, to appease the government, to placate the government. This is no solution to the Tamil question."

    Back in Veruppamkulam, as evening drew in, people gathered at the Buddhist temple for prayers that would last all night.

    Some mourned lost sons. Others worried about their loved ones on the frontlines.

    The government says an end to the conflict is coming soon. But people in the village have heard that promise before.

    KB Leelawatti believes the war should stop. Otherwise, she asks, how many more mothers will have to mourn?

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  91. I give full marks to the tigers and shame on our forces and as far as I am concerned they have failed to protect us. Luckily the KAB was spared. This is unforgivable and where that bloody MIG 29 and the F7 and were they sleeping? Shame on our forces. Coming all the way to colombo and getting back without been challenged?

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  92. For quite some time it had been obvious that we needed to put the mothballed turbo-props back in action. The Sia-marchettis and the single functional Pucara could easily deal with the zlins with direction from the ground.

    These aircraft will require a different set of pilots, but it is something we need to do, out of necessity.

    Yet again, the physical damage is far surpassed by the psychological damage and morale factor for the shteating podiyens stuck in a fox hole waiting for the bullet or granade with their name on it to find them. It is another 'moda choon' enterprise, which makes the gooks piss all over themselves in ecstasy.

    Nevertheless the sheer daring of the action needs to be admired, for these guys to risk that journey, sans any ground control and flying by the seat of their pants, probably with the aid of a simple GPS device. It is imperative that the SLAF kills these pilots, which is more important than shooting down the aircraft themselves.

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  93. Rajiv Gandhi’s murder : Did Prabhakaran commit a historical blunder ?

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  94. This is a bit strange!
    1 Death reported on last nights air raid
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  95. Guys ,

    instead of blaming Air force please findout what are the solutions for identifying low flying air crafts

    Read following article , it's a eye opener for us

    Threat from low-flying LTTE aircrafts has changed radar option for India

    http://www.andhranews.net/India/2007/May/14-Threat-flying-LTTE-aircrafts-1338.asp

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  96. more on Balloon-Borne Radar

    SpecificationsWeight: 455 kg including mounting, gimbal, antenna,transmitter, receiver and power supplyFrequency: 3100 MHzRange: 150 nm (278 km) at 12000 ft altitudeResolution: (range) 500 ft, (azimuth) 1┬║Antenna: rotating parabolic dishScan speed: 5 rpmEndurance aloft: 120 h normal, 143 h peakStatusOperational. In September 1986 Martin Marietta was awarded a contract worth $42 million to supply three sea-based aerostat systems for the US Coast Guard. They will be equipped with Telephonics radars, customised by Martin Marietta for sea surveillance.

    http://www.janes.com/extracts/extract/jav/del03302.html

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  97. UPDATE:

    Reports from Mannar camp indicate 1 of 2 planes shotdown, but troops are searching for debris. It was second plane that did not get hit, that dropped bombs on Colombo and escaped while trying to communicate with downed plane – terror communication reveals. Updates are emerging from many soldiers positioned at Thalyadi camp.


    It is not the physical MiG or F-7s planes at fault, but the born-to-be-losers who are flying them.

    Sinhala Scumbag SLAF attacks and kills Tamils in the North. -V.S- Tamil military of Tamil Eelam attacking only economic and military positions, sparing the life of Sinhalese scum. It doesn’t take much to target a huge financial or residential flats to cause deaths in the hundreds.

    “It’s just a lapse in our security, come-on let’s be proud and Next time we will get the TAF when it comes. next time” – 9 times now….in the period of over an year….yet Sinhala SLAF filth is deaf and dumb.


    Jaysikrui had a hard time and even suffered dearly after KN, MT, and EP.

    But current phase, these SLA chumps seem to be feeling extreme pressure even before capturing KN, MT, or EP. LOL, any way you look at it, they are detined to die whether it is written in the history books of Tamil Eelam that the SLA captured KN then died horribly or didn’t even reach KN and died an embarrassing death.

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  98. THe fact is that the tins cans are not a serious threat, neither are they capable of changing the outcome of this war.

    Their cheif purposes are morale boosting and nuisance value, asset tie-down on the side of the govt.

    It is important to adopt strategic counter measures instead of knee-jerk, and go after them fast and relentlessly.

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  99. THe fact is that the tins cans are not a serious threat, neither are they capable of changing the outcome of this war.

    Their cheif purposes are morale boosting and nuisance value, asset tie-down on the side of the govt.

    It is important to adopt strategic counter measures instead of knee-jerk, and go after them fast and relentlessly.

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  100. Folks,
    This a minor set back. But, yes SLAF sucks. They are repeating the same mistake again and again. Fortunately SLArmy is filling the vacuum.

    58 division is moving rapidly towards Pooneryn and Nallur. Tuk tuk poop aren't gonna a stop them. LTTE will have to think of something else if it wanna survive. See how 58 is doing these days. I would say pretty fine.

    click here.

    57 div isn't doing badly either.

    click here.

    LTTE has to save it's own back yard. Tuk tuk poop will work for Tamilnadu and diaspora asses. Unfortunately (for them) it stops from there.

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  101. DN
    what's really going on? This is not acceptable!
    have we stopped air raids? this is simply cannot accept and if this is the case I think Katunayake will be in great danger!!

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  102. -Each sortie done by the LTTE air craft are an opportunity to
    bring them down.

    - We need to have real good radar vision, 3D, a redundant array of
    radars and any other detecting technology. To achieve this
    all obstacles must be overcome financially, diplomatically, and
    if necessary militarily.

    - We must acquire a number of zlins and simulate various scenarios
    on how to intercept, prevent acquision of intended targets etc.

    - Initiate separate and specialised units to gather intelligence
    of LTTE air capability and logistic information.

    - Must look at non conventional methods of preventing or minimizing
    vulnerability of critical targets. ( a wild example perhaps. Install
    tethered helium filled balloons in random places near targets
    so as to make it difficult to navigate those skies)

    This is what I would start with.. These have been said
    over and over. We must take action at least now.

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  103. TS mate
    to a point i agree with you that Zlin sorties done so far haven't done that much of damage but that doesn't mean it would be the same in the future...
    It's really pathetic that we couldn't take these guys out even after procuring dedicated interceptors that were supposed to be be able to operate even at night...
    These Zlins flew all the way to colombo and went back without being challenged...
    we're all a bit relieved that the damage wasn't that great but what if these guys come in with bigger/better bombs and do some serious damage to a key installation?
    we have to address this problem once and for all and not try to shove it under the carpet by saying damage wasn't that much...

    whatever said and done, respect to those Zlin pilots. Mercenary or not those fellows have their balls screwed on tight to have done what they did yesterday with rudimentary aircrafts while we were ducking for cover from tracers that were falling back to the ground after failing to hit anything. Mind you these were fired from our own "automated" AA guns.

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  104. Guys......prepare for a Kamakazi style attack on World Trade Center....our air defense is failed once more.....and it will fail again for sure......

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  105. oh well...there was a guy a radio station contacted to get info last night during this, some fella from MOD i think...
    he was saying not to worry about gunfire sounds since that's just the "automated" air defence system being activated...
    what BS...
    there's nothing "automated" about that...
    search lights were searching all over the place and tracers could be observed going in many directions...

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  106. I got some news from a reliable source that there was nothing wrong with the air defence system. Our guys had been tracking the Zlins from the beginning thinking that they would attack the colombo harbour, having everything set up there to hunt the guys. But unfortunately TAF has changed plans and attacked Kalanitissa. However, blaming our forces not fare at all. They do their best. As a nation we all should be stay calm.

    Hope there won't be any nasty ones like this would happen again.

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  107. VP and potta amman are liabilities for LTTP. SLAF is GSL liability.

    When LTTP attacked KAB is showed how bad the things were with SLAF. SLAF confirmed that they have not changed in AAB attack. After that SLA had to protect SLAF assets.

    So GSL invested a lot in SLAF but they delivered very little. If GSL spend more on SLA and SLN they will deliver more. I wrote the same thing after AAB attack.

    GR said SLAF attacked >6000 times so far. If atleast 2 tigers killed each time 12000 dead now. Now you should see how much money we wasted on SLAF. As I know many of our pilots were trained by Indians. I think they have trained them so that they miss the target slightly.

    Bad part is SLAF is considered as moral booster for troops in the front. This may be the only reason to invest in jets apart from the first reason; I do beleive SLAF does a great job with hinds and evacuating injured troops and troops traspotation and this is the only good point I see in SLAF.

    We can suggest many things in this blog for SLAF. Actually bloggers did same after every tuk tuk tour. SLAF still in the pre-SarathF era in SLA. They need a SF but I don't know about thier ranks.

    I think the best thing now GSL need to do is working on a plan after a possible dissator. Insurance, replacing stuff etc. SLAF has proved consective 8th time they can not protect our sky. Next time also will happen the same unless tuk tuk pilot make a mistake or SLAF pilot become lucky. Under this situation LTTP has no need to plan suicide mission until SLA corner them to mulathiv jungle.

    GSL should seriously plan on the steps after a possible dissastor like WTC/harour/BIA destroyed.

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  108. Sammy, you are great man,

    You are the only one deal these things factually and logically. can you explain how SLAF defence system failed this time.

    Ignore Mokkumud.

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  109. @ MasterOfAll said...

    I got some news from a reliable source that there was nothing wrong with...

    IT IS WRONG.. Say if something major happened to Kelanitissa then SLAF have to take responsibility. also even if the knew earlier on my cound it takes about 40 mins or more air time.. till then KF7 and MIG's Pol gahagenada hitiye? ok ok say that's the case. yesterday is not a thick black sky, so SLAF should followed and attacked or else there is a chance to locate the landing area. SLAF did nothing so far. SLAF erala yanakang balagena hitiyanam ohu/eya deshaddrohi or eka mawakage daruwo nowe..

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  110. CriMeWatCh,

    I know what you are saying. I thought the same way. but this friend of mine was there at the time and, after all why would he want to tell a lie to me?? I dont know if he lied. But I am pretty sure about the guy. But just think, there were some talks about harbor as well initially.

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  111. November second,the day tamilchelvam died..A massive attack on SLA or GOSL assets is imminent. Please be ready. Spread the word...

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  112. slaf jets share the runway with the international airport. they can't take off if there are civilian airliners are scheduled for landing. nobody wants a collision with an airliner just because ltte dropped some crap near colombo.

    for goodness sake, slaf need runways extended at ratmalana or hingurakgoda. or get some planes that can take off from other bases.

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  113. bombing over colombo? shows that the radar in vavuniya got screwed big time. gotta love TAF. ez now mates.. soon times.1

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  115. The only thing our idiots hit was the world trade centre... at least two floors on the west tower sustained damage. What kind of morons are manning the air defence system and firing in the direction of the WTC? The Army major who inspected the damage this morning admitted that it was panic fire... WTF!!! Even worse were the army and police detail outside the Indian HC residence on Thurstan Road. They completely panicked and randomly fired into the air... with a bunch of muppets like this it's no wonder those Zlins can just slip in and out without so much as a scratch on them.

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  116. After all what we can say is SLAF not doing their part to end this war? Their inability to react for TAF, gives LTTE the edge to gain the propaganda mileage. Also it hurts the ground troops and their commitment. This should not be repeated again and again. These failures must be investigated and do the necessary changes (may be organizational structure or usage of resources). This time SLAF do not know where it came or where it gone? The next time it could be total devastation if the mission is suicidal attack.
    Whatever the gained done by ground forces overshadowed by these failures in SLAF.

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  117. Guys,

    More bad news for the country after the air strikes. I saw a picture of RW among business folks, with a certain HR professor who was lecturing about how to enhance - guess what, the productivity.

    We all now know the paradise these motivational folks got us into; the world is experiencing the greatest economic catastrophe in the recent history, even eclipsing the great depression in 1920's.

    Pushing a workforce beyond the acceptable limits in the name of efficiency or whatever you call it, is not very clever stuff, after all. In the end all you get is sick generation of human folks.

    By listening to these foreign zombies, he makes us one thing clear; he is going to stay as our opposition leader for ever, until he is fed up with himself.

    If he is a sensible man, he shouldn't look further than our own economic indicators: the tea plantation sector is in deep trouble; tourism is down as wealthy foreign folks feel the pinch; the foreign reserves with the Central Bank stand just at $4.4 billion.

    What the leader of opposition needs is some common sense, not the inspirational tips from a European or American.

    Too much inspiration has got those countries into an abyss. I think RW is too scared to look into it - a very timid man.

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  118. Last Village on West of Kilinochchi Boarder Brought Under Troops
    http://www.army.lk/morenews.php?id=17588

    "LTTE leadership, wild over the fall of JAYAPURAM congested with many government buildings, has demanded death of a number of terrorists who fled abandoning the battle of JEYAPURAM, troops after intercepting Tiger communications confirmed."

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  119. Qrious

    "foreign reserves with the Central Bank stand just at $4.4 billion"

    it is bit bad than that now $2.6 billion by October

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  120. We should fit 30 MM guns to crop dusters that could be bought in the international market and we could operate them from Higurangoda or AAB and it would be worthwhile to have 2 of them up in the air all the time in a predetermined holding pattern in the air so that our air defences and ground forces will not accidently shoot them down and then direct them whenever the radar picks these tincans up. we are lucky that these tin cans didn’t attack the international A. port or the colombo harbour or that troop carrier in Trinco harbour. There are propeller driven fighter planes still in operational condition in many countries that could be bought. This is an investment that is vital to safeguard our vital installations in the South.

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  121. Entire Akkarayanakulam Tank Bund Falls to Army Troops
    http://www.army.lk/morenews.php?id=17589

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  122. Kevin,

    "that is vital to safeguard our vital installations in the South."

    Indeed our "South" the deep south is very weak in defence, Galle, H'thota and other vital areas lack proper protection. and the SLAF's Sothern Comd cannot give air cover or coastal patrol since they have no AC's assinged to them permn., we can't let a repeat of galle, or anysuch thing happen again.

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  123. Our air defence system is like Peter's erectile dysfunction.. can't get it up in time, so the neighbors get to do it and get away each time..

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  124. mboi

    sorry mate but to me that is not a valid argument.

    Colombo is not a busy airport and SLAF jets can be given preference at any given time, it's not a long time a jet takes to take off or land and holding a passenger liner for a few minutes at approach or take off at an airport s but a familiar thing.

    Yesterday a couple of passenger flights were diverted to chennai zone till the allclear was given,

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  125. Nemesis

    while you are here, can I pose another question (that i did early today)if you wouldn't mind

    what is the neccassity for a 'Pit' to fire mortars, and any reason they are circular? I've seen many of them in 'captured territory'. SLA doesn't seem to be using such 'pits' I've seen them firing (in wanni ops cliips) from the location and no such 'pit'

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  126. Grious

    ‘Pushing a workforce beyond the acceptable limits in the name of efficiency or whatever you call it, is not very clever stuff, after all. In the end all you get is sick generation of human folks.’

    I beg to differ here. Hard work is what is needed among the Sri Lankans which is lacking these days as I am experiencing sadly these days. We closed down one of the floors of my business premises in SL that was giving me a rent of over 1.5 lahks per month with a hope of converting one quarter the floor to accommodate 32 cubicles for 32 computers where I paid one contractor upfront in August so far he hast done nothing but ‘rolled that money to do something else. Then another contractor to build the manger’s counter and he has disappeared with the money. The electrician is suppose to put nearly 39 points done only 3 points and the excuse is that the cubicles are not done, but he could have done the rest of the work by drawing the supply and making the duct work etc.
    Manager who is suppose to inquire from SL telecoms the possibility of getting the 3 to 4 adsls still haven’t approached them to do a survey. Only thing that happened is that out of the 34 computers that was ordered only 4 arrived. Not a single Air con machine was installed, still lying in our store.
    Do our people need work or business? As far as I am concerned that island is a failed state with failing and stupid people, which resulting in equally stupid people running the state. It is very hurting for likes of us when hard earned money is dumped there.
    Those you are in London can you point out one business run sucessfully by our patriotic Sinhalese? The one I am talking specially is about our kind hearted patriot in Kilburn who keeps his shop internally closed and his restaurant empty all the time while a brave little Muslim man from Akurana who opened a similar shop just across the road has 50 times the clients daily while the Tamil shop just 120 yards, only open 18 months ago has over 150 times the clientale.Is there’s radically wrong with our people?
    I am not surprised that we can’t shoot down these tin cans.
    In Sri Lanka a finance house very close to my business an extension room have been built for the for the last 2 years, little bigger than a car garage it has two windows just being done the main door still not being done and the external plaster work still not being done. I have videoed this with dates on display and this construction was shown to two very patriotic MPs who visited my place and one of them stayed with me in London when I was adding an extension of the exact size and I showed him at the beginning how the 2 Rumanian lads working on them at the foundation level and when this MP came back to my place after 10days of an European tour the extension was done and the intended storage items were well stacked. All the carpentry work of widows and doors were done in the premises by these two lads and from there on they don’t harp about how great our people and their glorious history, when I am in the audience.
    We must reflect on our own weaknesses and correct our selves just as China has done with their cultural revolution that eventually shaped the backward and superstitious population. This explanation is part of the weakness our country’s defence and economic strategy and must change working cuture if we are to move forward,
    Hard work never kills but good for one’s health.

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  127. #Sri Lankan rebel air raids show war not over
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  128. hiru,

    Thanks for the correction.

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  129. #Boardroom Call-Sri Lanka business chambers urge unity among politicians
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  130. #"International community should be alert about LTTE barbarism" – SL Ambassador to the Hague
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  131. #"Govt. still searching for the enemy planes"
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  132. This is ETHNIC CLEANSING. No idiot should harp on about it without knowing the facts about LTTE’s fundamental policy of a mono-ethnic separate state.

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  133. DC

    ‘Sri Lanka's top business chambers have called for political unity to back government efforts to devolve power to minority Tamils and defeat Tiger rebels.

    The call came in a statement which also urged the government to do more to help civilians displaced by fighting between government forces and Tamil Tigers.’

    It is not the business of the chamber of commerce get involved in above mentioned politics of the nation and that should be left for elected politicians and administrators under them.
    Chamber of Commerce should only advise the government as to how to improve the infrastructure of the country’s economy
    Must leave this blogg now to make the lost money at the stock market which is moving up.

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  134. It is very funny.Tamilnet reports that SLAF has attacked Paranthan this morning at 11am under the heading "3 IDPs wounded in SLAF attack"

    They have posted a photograph of a so called civilian with an Eyepatch claiming to be from the SLAF attack.However that photograph is clearly taken in a dark background.I saw this picture at 5.30pm which means that photo was not real.
    Doesn't this expose LTTE lies

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  135. Hi Kevin,

    Partially agree with you mate. But the business community can express their opinion to the general betterment of their country. It is up to the politicians and the government to listen to the concerns and work towards a common goal for the country rather than making securing power as their common goal!

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  136. to tigers supporters:
    please dont write any posts in here and waste your time, whatever u says its not gonna get in to the singala modayas heads, so leave this blogs , if you do then they dont have anyone to argue, sharp left this blog for good, many of the tigers supporters left this blog for the same reason. if u post here , u are encouraging more modayas to "think" that is not good, so leave them as a dumb asses, let them be.
    so please stop showing your tamil patriotic ways or courages in this blog for good. thank you

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  137. #Troops dominate Akkarayankulam tank bund - Kilinochchi
    Click Here

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  138. Kevin,

    You made a valid point; what I meant was not the state workforce majority of whom are just lazy bastards without an ounze of ethics, and sense of duty; only ask for rights and pay hikes. I am sure, even if they are paid a million rupees a month, they will still complain!

    What I highlighted was the plight of private sector employees, especially those who work in the banking sector. I know a few people who saw an early grave and some who lead a very stressful lives - to achieve very ambitious goals set by the masters.

    The circumstances have created the atmosphere for socialism to make a come back, something you and I hate.

    Singapore is a country who modelled this efficiency drive to the limit in Asia. Now its economy is deep trouble with its main engine - the port - losing traffic exponentially. The people who grew up only knowing how to make money and then being merry in doing so, now resort to gambling to address the financial troubles; this scenario has caused a huge social problem now, according to my contacts in the country.

    Western government talk about tight regulation and there is a surge in sales of Das Kapital by Karl Marx, I hear.

    Hope, RW would set an example by not emulating the wrong guys - the last thing we want in difficult times.

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  139. some good news

    LTTE’s Infamous FDL in Nachchikuda Falls

    http://www.army.lk/morenews.php?id=17605

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  140. #Nachchikuda falls to troops - Kilinochchi
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  141. #NGOs & media bark but Army caravan rolls on
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  142. GOSL should sack Air Marshal Roshan Ganatilaka.He is not even a Sri Lankan Buddhist. He is responsible for failure of Air Defence system.

    You may wonder what Air defence system is. Its nothig but farting in fear on seeing the simple tin cans.

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  143. 60 SLA were killed and 100 got P1 injuries in Akkarayan.

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  144. Perhaps air-defence should be taken off the SLAF's hands and placed under the control of a seperate entity, such as Home Land Security, which will carry overall security for all ports of access and internal/external immigrantion issues as well.

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  145. Puli
    I think you have a communalist mindset to say that Roshan.Gonetilleke is a Christian and should be sacked, but our Prez is the Commander in charge and should he be sacked too? How can they be responsible for the negligence of the people under them. If we follow your advice then we will be sacking each and every Air Marshall and the Prez for the next century without solving the probem.Now let me go back and make money on the stock market and there’s only 30 min. left.

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  146. kevin,

    puli is an LTTE terrorist who tries to fish in troubled waters. Just ignore such idiots attempts inject poison.

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  147. #Jaya gets threat letter for opposing LTTE
    Click Here

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  148. Blogger thambala said...

    Puli what are your sources?


    Puli is getting those numbers from LTTE sites

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  149. thambla,

    "Puli what are your sources?"

    It is puli's figment of imagination for his terrorist LTTE.

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  150. good news:

    Nachchikuda, Jeyapuram captured !!

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  151. "minor damage" video

    http://www.puthinam.com/full.php?2e1VoA00aScY42edKA4K3bce6DB4d4D1e3cc24mI2d43YOA3a03oMV3e

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  152. Kevin,

    A correctly paid workman in SL is second to none. The problem is the men who command.

    SL’s tragedy is that there is a servile non imaginative non productive bunch of hereditary clans who run most of the private sector. They can do nothing without orders from white sahibs. Ranil is the best example.

    JR completely sabotaged all the productive state sector industries/commerce/co-operatives. Now, there is no patriotic local capital to run the private sector.

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  153. Kalanithissa attack

    http://srilankantube.com/video/
    Rana-Bimen-Sri-Lanka-War-Situ-58

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  154. 28 Oct 2008
    Sri Lanka: Death and desertion
    Sri Lankan soldiers marching during an operation

    Sri Lankan soldiers march through flooded waters during an operation on the Mannar front.

    Desertion rates soar in the Sri Lankan army, but as the military closes in on Tiger rebels, its new tactic of amnestying deserters seems to be working to some extent, Anuj Chopra reports for ISN Security Watch.

    By Anuj Chopra in Kurunegala District for ISN Security Watch

    Just five months ago, a 29-year-old infantry soldier in the Sri Lankan army's 12 Gajaba Regiment exchanged fire with fighters from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in their stronghold in the island's northern Wanni region.

    "The ground was shaking and shrapnel flew everywhere," he recalls, speaking to ISN Security Watch in Kurunegala District. "Corpses lay every where. It was a bloody, bloody scene."

    A bullet ricocheted off the back of his skull and got lodged in his upper shoulder.
    Now as fighting intensifies in Wanni, Mahendran has received marching orders. Barely recuperated, he packs his suitcase in his mud-and-clay hut, preparing to return to the battlefield.

    The Sri Lankan army claims it is now within just over a kilometer of Kilinochchi, the rebels' de-facto capital, and the island's ethnic war is now reaching a decisive showdown. As its troops push eastward into the interiors of rebel-held territory in Wanni, determined to crush the Tigers, the government is leaving no stone unturned to win this war that has simmered for a quarter century.

    It is calling back wounded battle-hardened soldiers like Mahendran. And just this month, the Sri Lankan government announced it was increasing its defense budget by 6 percent from the previous year to SL Rs 177 billion (US$1.6 billion), a major chunk of which is being used to intensify army recruitment drives across the island, and even re-recruiting deserters by offering them amnesty pardons if they agree to return to the frontlines.

    As fighting gets fiercer in the north, the army is whetting a large appetite for fresh recruits. It launched its fourth recruitment drive in January this year, which will continue until 31 December. So far, it has reportedly recruited 10,136 soldiers.

    According to army spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, the army is currently looking to recruit another 24,000 during the next few months. Already, the strength of the Sri Lankan army has swollen to 140,000 in recent years, which makes it larger than the British army in terms of personnel.

    In recent months, the Sri Lankan Defense Ministry has been sending a nationwide text message imploring the country's youth to join the defense forces: "Young Patriots - come join with our armed forces and be a part of a winning team."

    Answering the call

    Many in an obscure, impoverished village in this district in central Sri Lanka have answered the call. The soldiers interviewed by ISN Security Watch requested that the name of the village not be published, fearing they could be tracked down and censured for talking to the press.

    In this dusty, bucolic village, dirt roads remain pitted with bone-jarring potholes, water shortages are common, the power supply is erratic and the nearest hospital is a good 48 kilometers away.

    Seeking a path out of the grinding poverty - and unable to scrape a living from the slivers of paddy farms in this arid region - the entrenched 25-year-old war has become a career for hundreds of this village's youth from over 400 families.

    Roughly half the men of fighting age have enlisted in the army, navy, police or other security branches.

    Mahendran joined the army in 2002, and with his army salary, he bought a 19-inch color TV and a mobile phone and is planning to build a concrete house with electricity and a hand water pump in his backyard.

    Mahendran's elderly father, who goes by the name of Tushara, says he lives in a perpetual state of anxiety when his son is out on the frontlines. Almost every month a corpse returns from the Wanni battle field and a pall of gloom envelopes the village. In the last six months alone, seven bodies were returned.

    "If there were any other job opportunities, I wouldn't let my son go to the battle field," he says.

    Desertion and amnesty

    In recent years, the Sri Lankan army has been plagued by a high level of desertions, a problem that has only been exacerbated as fighting intensifies, say military analysts. But in desperate need for manpower to win this war, the government has also occasionally announced amnesty periods during which times deserters can rejoin the forces without penalty. In 2007, the army, short of man power, announced an amnesty pardon for soldiers who had gone absent without leave since 2003. This amnesty apparently resulted in the reinstatement of thousands of deserters.

    By the government's own admission, during the last 6 months 4,004 army deserters have reported back to their units. It launched an island-wide operation to track down and arrest its deserters who refused to re-join the army, and 2,984 soldiers and 21 officers who refused to report back have been arrested for deserting and will be tried in court. If convicted, they could serve up to three years in prison.

    The army refuses to acknowledge that desertion is a serious problem.

    The army commander for Jaffna peninsula in northern Sri Lanka, Major General G A Chandrasiri, told ISN Security Watch that "deserters make up a very tiny figure - only 0.5 percent of the army.

    "Most of them are soldiers who went absent without leave," he adds, saying a majority of them willingly return to the frontlines once offered an amnesty pardon.

    However, the re-recruitment of deserters bewilders a leading Colombo-based military analyst who requested anonymity, fearing reprisals.

    "If the army is really winning this war, as it claims it is, why are so many soldiers deserting the army?" he asks. "No one would want to desert a victorious army, no?"

    The army is creating a dangerous delusion of an imminent victory, he told ISN Security Watch. Adept at guerrilla tactics, the Tigers won't go down without severely bleeding the army.

    Over the past year, the Tigers have suffered a series of reverses on the battlefield. Now, the Sri Lankan military is at their doorstep in the north, making rapid advances into Tiger-controlled territory. But even though the Tigers have lost vast swathes of their territory, it is speculated that the rebels still have thousands of hardened fighters and suicide attackers.

    As war reaches full-throttle in Wanni - on land, air and sea - the army is bracing itself for a possible chemical attack by the Tigers as it inches toward Kilinochchi. The war is expected to get even bloodier in the last few kilometers.

    There are about 200,000 civilians currently trapped in the Wanni battle zone, and aid workers who recently emerged from that region say the Tigers are expected to use them as human shields.

    "If the Tigers force the civilians to flee in all directions then the army will not be able to separate 15,000 Tigers from 200,000 civilians," the military analyst says. "This may lead to a bloodbath and help the LTTE to escape to another part of Sri Lanka. I do not see the army crushing the LTTE without the loss of thousands of civilians and soldiers."

    In Mahendran's hamlet, residents shelter at least six deserters. Every time the military police raids the village looking for them, they sidle out of the hamlet into hiding in the near by paddy fields, residents revealed.

    "The Tigers have survived for 25 long years. It's not so easy to crush them," says Priyantha, 28, who has deserted the army twice, the first time in 2000. He rejoined in 2002, only to leave again in 2006. He says he abandoned the army for "personal reasons." His family acknowledged he "couldn't cope with the bloodshed." Currently living off farming, he leads a precarious life, always fretful of being caught by the police for abandoning the army.

    "Prabhakaran is a brutal man," Priyantha says. "If he goes down, he'll take thousands of soldiers with him."

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  155. LTTE DONKIES are on the loose in this blog after dropping two buckets of bullshit in colombo.
    Thease donkies believe anything that ideot prabakeran says. Now they believe pigs are flying in north and east with p-lam Or elam flag hanging on their tails.

    The only way thease LTTE DONKIES can have their own home land is GET KILLED BY SLAF and reborn in some other country like Somalia. That 's what the are really doing at the moment

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  156. "Piqued, wounded, frustrated and desperate, the Tigers won't baulk at anything in trying to turn the tables on the military. Their planes will do risky sorties over the southern parts and key military installations in the North to avenge their losses in the North and they may not even hesitate to use chemicals on the army, if they possess any. They will also attempt high profile assassinations and perpetrate heinous crimes against civilians to provoke a backlash with a view to mobilising support in Tamil Nadu and western capitals. "
    Editorial-The Island

    click here

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  157. dear Pulli gona

    Desertion was an epidemic when the war was being faught badly, and losses were astronomical. Almost every village and town had hundreds of deserters, many of whom were always on the lookout for any military vehicles which could be coming to capture them. Today the game has changed, and the punishments have too. Desertions happen, but at a much lesser level, and are apprehended and then punished according to the military decsiplinary code. You can dig up ancient garbage and copy-paste for all you like, but the reality is better known to the average Sri Lankans.

    If you want to see where the real issue is, google for a bride in Sri Lanka. The largest number from some of 'those' sites are tamil ladies, and most in their late 20's and 30's, ready to marry anyone including the post man. This apparently is due to the dearth of young tamil men, many of whom have left abroad. The net result here is going to be a dilution of the tamil 'race' by assimilation and a disappearance of the unique cultural group.

    Compared to that, Sri Lanka's army deserters are a temporary problem like a common cold.

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  158. #SRI LANKA: Tamil Rebels Defy Siege With Aerial Bombings
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  159. #President invites Karunanidhi to visit Lanka
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  160. #Air capability should be expanded: Fmr. Navy chief
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  161. #Troops capture Tigers’ top defence lines
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  162. #Interceptors’ missile ‘lock on’ failure jolts SLAF Kelanitissa loses capacity to generate 275 mega watts
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  163. #There is a Military Solution to Terrorism: The Sri Lankan Example
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  164. #Section of the LTTE front media claim 60 army deaths in Akkarayakulam
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  165. #Sky Tigers Planned To Attack President's House
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  166. This attack is 0.1% sample of what actually happening in a day to day life of a poor minority Tamil in the northern part.
    Even SLAF bombs are gravity bombs; they also can’t lock any thing that’s why lot of innocent civilians of north are killed , including children…
    So please stop the war and give the right of living to the minority Tamil….Act according to Buddhism if u want to continue preaching…

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  167. The Video footage of the Colombo bombing by the tigers ....

    The tigers have posted a video clip of the attack ....

    http://www.puthinam.com/full.php?2e3YOA4cb33e6Df04dctVo0da0eA4AU24d4yIm4300a6oMV1de23D1eW2cc4OcY4be

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  168. An attack on the presdient's house could have precipitated a repeat of Black July.

    It could have reversed the LTTE's fortunes.

    Could have been a decisive reversal for SLG.

    A serious re-evaluation of teh more serious consequences are urgently needed.

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  169. Now the latest stunt of Pro LTTE media including BBC Sinhala and Tamil Service is to talk about Army families, dissertation, issues that security forces personnel are facing etc etc.

    The objective is to demoralize the personnel joining security forces.

    This is their latest PR stunt, after many such stunts.

    Can you guys remember some of those high profile PR stunts,

    1. Disarm Paramilitary (TMVP)
    2. White Van disappearances
    3. HR Violations
    4. R2P
    5. GSP+
    6. Help Tamils in Sri Lanka (for Tamilnadu idiots)
    7. Discourage the security personnel

    These are well-organised and coordinated PR campaigns with lot of $ behind them.

    We have to be aware and counter these pathetic attempts.

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  170. Some dumbass sinhala scumbag said,

    " Can you guys remember some of those high profile PR stunts,

    1. Disarm Paramilitary (TMVP)
    2. White Van disappearances
    3. HR Violations
    4. R2P
    5. GSP+
    6. Help Tamils in Sri Lanka (for Tamilnadu idiots)
    7. Discourage the security personnel

    These are well-organised and coordinated PR campaigns with lot of $ behind them. "

    1. They are getting disarmed, dismembered, one way or the other..still ongoing.
    2. Hell it's still happening
    3. Sri Lanka is living proof.
    4. R2P - still has momentum, under Sinhala radar..lol..no pun intended.
    5. GSP+ - still has momentum, under Sinhala radar..lol..no pun intended.
    6. Still going strong
    7. No need to discourage, they do it themselves from the stench of urine smelled by other security forces

    I hear the SLA bodies are deteriorating at a higher speed due to their urine before embarrasing death.

    The fact is that, there is much truth, fact and legitimacy behind the Tamil Nation's cause.

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  171. Some dumbass sinhala scumbag said,

    " Can you guys remember some of those high profile PR stunts,

    1. Disarm Paramilitary (TMVP)
    2. White Van disappearances
    3. HR Violations
    4. R2P
    5. GSP+
    6. Help Tamils in Sri Lanka (for Tamilnadu idiots)
    7. Discourage the security personnel

    These are well-organised and coordinated PR campaigns with lot of $ behind them. "

    1. They are getting disarmed, dismembered, one way or the other..still ongoing.
    2. Hell it's still happening
    3. Sri Lanka is living proof.
    4. R2P - still has momentum, under Sinhala radar..lol..no pun intended.
    5. GSP+ - still has momentum, under Sinhala radar..lol..no pun intended.
    6. Still going strong
    7. No need to discourage, they do it themselves from the stench of urine smelled by other security forces

    I hear the SLA bodies are deteriorating at a higher speed due to their urine before embarrasing death.

    The fact is that, there is much truth, fact and legitimacy behind the Tamil Nation's cause.

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  172. SLAF has won the toss this time and elecetd to bat...with style

    "SLAF raids LTTE suicide training base ; Heavy damages confirmed- Mullaittivu"

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  173. Today, in the wee hours, valiant Sri Lanka Air Force bomber jets raided a suicide training base attended by terror chief Pottu Amman.

    Intelligence sources said: "Since today was a bright morning, Pottu Amman thought it would be nice to have suicide training."

    Based on the accurate ground information, SLAF jets completely destroyed the base.

    Aerial surveillance confirmed that the terrorists suffered heavy damages.

    Hoot! Hoot! Hoot!

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  174. noltte=peace,
    The attacks are very sad.These LTTE buffoons want us to disperse our brave soldiers and use them guard all economic assets.this is supposed to reduce the number of troops at the front line so that the ever so "victorious" malathi ..green buffalo.?? divisions can attack our FDL and display the body of one dead hero to IC.We are modayas so this is exactly what we will do.That display in the netherlands a very good idea..for starters.these days mobile phones are a must on these occassions..we need a lot of nice pics of smiling people.

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  175. Canadian LTTE front sends death threats to Jayalalitha

    Check here...

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  176. stf,
    We are not bothered if some reporter wants to earn ever so much money to buy a house in god ic...sorry LORD GOD IC by any means available.No these LTTE guys here are just having "fun" during their dinner breaks.Stf lets put it this way..they are living in the "promised land" and nothing "bad" can really happen there EVER.

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  177. promised land = Dream Land

    nothing "bad" = Credit crunch !!!

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