The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has launched the 4th phase of its recruitment drive for the year 2008. The aim is to recruit 14000 more soldiers for the army by the end of the year. More than 10100 new recruits have already joined the army under this program in the last three months.
Latest recruitment drive comes as the siege on LTTE held Wanni continues on multiple fronts. Troops have advanced deep into LTTE held territory in Mannar/Vavuniya fronts and are now only 3.5km from Kilinochchi town. In Weli-Oya, 59 division units have advanced up to Andankulam. Large stretches of land have been captured during the troop advance and to defend the captured localities, more manpower is needed. There have also been casualties in the daring operations that have been continuing day and night for the past several months. For the year 2008, nearly 850 soldiers have sacrificed their lives and over 5400 have been wounded. This is in fighting across all fronts.
Meanwhile the Air Force bombers continued to pound LTTE targets in the north. Among the targets bombed today are LTTE’s de facto police HQ and a safe house frequented by LTTE intel wing leader Pottu Amman. Exact casualty details of these attacks are not available as of now. Meanwhile UAV footage of SLAF raids on Charles Anthony HQ and LTTE logistics base at Piramanthaikulam are now online. You can download the the video from here.