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“Tamilselvan joined the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (aka Tamil Tigers) in 1984 and slipped on the Tamil Tiger fatigues with the implicit intention to kill, and he did kill innocents in droves. That initiation certainly did not make him a ‘Dove of Peace’. His initial training as a terrorist was in Indira Gandhi’s India. He established himself as a capable military man by killing his opponents and innocent civilians who had no way to defend themselves as they were fast asleep when his gang of terrorists crept into their adobe huts and shot and killed them and sometimes hacked them to death with machetes.”

Full text of the letter,

“Hon. Stephane Dion, P.C., MP”
Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

“Mr. Michael Ignatieff, MP”
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

Gentlemens:

As a former card-carrying Liberal (now a staunch Conservative), this is an observation that I want to share with you.

I read in the media with disgust and apprehension that a herd of your parliamentarians – Jim Karygiannis (Scarborough-Agincourt), Maria Minna (Beaches-East York), Derek Lee (Scarborough- RougeRiver), Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre), John Cannis (Scarborough Centre), John McKay (Scarborough-Guildwood), Mark Holland (Ajax-Pickering), Yasmin Ratansi (Don Valley East), and Lui Temelkovski (Oak Ridges-Markham), showed theirs and your party’s crude and dishonest-vulgar policy of supporting Tamil Tiger terrorism and their human rights violations in Sri Lanka by attending and addressing the open air memorial service for the second-in-command of this ruthless terrorist outfit, S.P.Thamilchelvan, at the Markham Fair Ground. Thamilselvan was killed by a Sri Lankan Air Force bomb.

The cat was let out of the bag when your former Minister of Justice Irvin Cotler and a great advocate of Human Rights, admitted to the Editorial Board of the /National Post/, that the Liberal Party support for the Tamil Tigers and not to ban them were purely for domestic political reasons. How dishonest can you all be, when you openly support terrorism, thumbing your noses showing abhorrent disrespect for Canada’s stand against world terrorism, and for our brave soldiers who are trying to eliminate terrorism by putting their lives on line in Afghanistan. That takes the cake for the Liberal’s vulgar, opportunistic dishonesty.

What is so vile about this insincere act in attending this memorial service was that the majority of the MP’s represent the Scarborough region ridings which happen to be the ‘Little Jaffna’ where you Liberals hope to harness tens of thousands of Tamil votes. I dare say that this same herd of parliamentarians would think twice before they want to show their faces at such a vigil to sing praises if ever Mullah Omar is killed by an exploding bomb dropped by his opponents, for the very reason that there aren’t enough Afghani refugees to cluster to create a ‘Little Khandahar’ in the Scarborough region. “Not worth it. Not much votes there”, they will tell you. That is how dishonest you Liberal-Snow Tigers are.

While Jim Karygiannis, Maria Minna, Derek Lee and John McKay are experienced parliamentarians who have visited Sri Lanka’s North, but also realizes how and which side their bread is buttered thus, perhaps reluctantly, support their Tamil constituents cause for separation when you Liberals under Prime Minister Chretien did everything under the sun, and turned heaven and earth to stop Quebec separating from the rest of Canada. But some like Borys Wrzesnewskyi, Mark Holland and Yasmin Ratansi are Johnnys-come-lately to this issue and made statements to win the hearts-minds-and-votes of the Tamils that had gathered. They were naïve and an embarrassment to you Liberals and to all of Canada who abhor terrorism.

The Pied Piper of this bunch of Liberal Snow-Tigers has always been Jim Karygiannis who was quick to point out that Thamilselvan was a ‘Dove of Peace’, and that he ‘always smiles’ and that he was ‘smart’.

But here is who S.P.Thamilselvan was, whose mother, two brothers and sister live in Markham having entered Canada as refugees.

Tamilselvan joined the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (aka Tamil Tigers) in 1984 and slipped on the Tamil Tiger fatigues with the implicit intention to kill, and he did kill innocents in droves. That initiation certainly did not make him a ‘Dove of Peace’. His initial training as a terrorist was in Indira Gandhi’s India. He established himself as a capable military man by killing his opponents and innocent civilians who had no way to defend themselves as they were fast asleep when his gang of terrorists crept into their adobe huts and shot and killed them and sometimes hacked them to death with machetes.

These gruesome acts do not make him a ‘Dove of Peace’, however much Karygiannis wants to stretch his insane platitudes to support his Tamil constituents. Thamilselvan later served as the body guard to his tribal chief, Prabhakaran, and his task was to kill anyone who threatened his bosses life. He was no ‘Dove of Peace’ although Jim Karygiannis has portrayed him to be as one.

When Thamilselvan was appointed as the area commander for the south of Jaffna peninsula (1987-1991) and later as the ‘Special Commander’ for Jaffna, his orders were to kill, and kill he did soaking the earth with Sinhalese blood. He was no ‘Dove of Peace’ and Jim Karygiannis is off his rocker lying through his teeth and elevating this killer as a peace maker. After his death he was accorded the title of ‘Brigadier’ by the
Tamil Tiger leader Prabhakaran, which is not exactly a civilian honour for one who is supposed to be a ‘Dove of Peace’. He was a downright terrorist, an assassin and a killer.

He, most certainly led the Tamil Tiger contingent for peace talks abroad but only to withdraw from the talks every time quoting the preplanned slimmest reasons. When he led his Tamil Tigers for talks in June 2006, and having traveled to Oslo, Norway, they refused to talk with the Government officials to the embarrassment of the facilitators, the Norwegians. By then the Norwegians had been taken for a ride one more time. During the last visit to the Tamil Tiger Headquarters in Killinochchi by the Norwegian ambassador, it was made quite clear by Thamilselvan that the Tamil Tigers weren’t willing to talk peace.
However, the ambassador had made a clear determination that they will be attacking economic and military targets soon, which they did. So much for the ‘Dove of Peace’ that Jim Karygiannis foolishly try to portray Thamilselvan as a peacemaker. But what they certainly did was to use these visits as their best chances awarded by the Norwegians for the procurement of weapons and collect funds from the Tamil Diaspora.

Borys Wrzesnewskyj condemned the assassination of S.P.Thamnilselvan, and said Sri Lanka sunk to the lowest level and assassinating a peace negotiator has far reaching consequences for Sri Lanka. This parliamentarian is an embarrassment to you all. At least I wished he had done his homework before he started to spew out his crock of ryba wallop and a bunch of Kovbasa.

“Sri Lanka sunk to the lowest level” for having got the second-in-command of their enemy he says. Did he not know that the Tamil Tigers assassinated the President of Sri Lanka (equivalent to, may be, Prime Minister Stephen Harper); two Foreign Ministers, Ranjan Wijeratne and Lakshman Kadiragamar (equivalent to Maxime Bernier and Peter
MacKay); the Minister of Industries C.V. Gunaratne (equivalent to Jim Prentice), and the Leader of the Opposition, A. Amnirthalingam (equivalent to you Stephane Dion); and three Mayors of Jaffna (equivalent to three Mayors of Quebec City). So what is your colleague Borys Wrzesnewskyj talking about and embarrassing you lot. The
Government of Sri Lanka gets one leading Tamil Tiger, and Borys says that the Government of Sri Lanka has sunk to the lowest depths which will have far reaching consequences, and the Tamil Tigers assassinate 31 politicians, and I didn’t hear a whimper nor did you two from Borys Wrzesnewskyj. That itself proves positive that you Liberals are a bunch of hypocrites and opportunists.

Both of you being former University Professors, I am sure you will give every member of that herd of Liberal parliamentarians who participated at the terrorist memorial service a failing grade for their lack of quality research and not having a clear understanding of the Tamil separatist issue in Sri Lanka, and polarizing the ethnic divide of the Sri Lankan-Canadian community further, before they launched on this “we too are weeping for you all” theatrics.

Perhaps, you two may want to discuss this embarrassment at your next caucus meeting as almost every media outlet has lambasted your ignominious crop of politicians. The “Globe and Mail”, Editorial of November 7, asked, “What were those MPs thinking?” I would go furtherand ask my pertinent question, ‘what were those MPs smoking that
morning, anyway?’ as the Liberal Party has now lost its innocence,honesty and dignity by attending a memorial service of a hard core terrorist who had his palms painted with layers of dripping Sinhalese blood.

All what I can say is. “Shame on you lot”, and “pox on the Liberal Snow-Tigers who attended that memorial service” for their shameless hypocrisy and double-speak just to buy the Tamil votes.

cc. Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, PC., MP
Prime Minister of Canada
Hon. Stockwell Day, PC., MP
Minister of Public Safety
Hon. Maxime Bernier, PC., MP
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Hon. Jason Kenney, PC., MP
Secretary of State for Multiculturalism

(http://lankaguardian.blogspot.com)

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U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Robert O. Blake, Jr. formally handed over a radar-based maritime surveillance system and several Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) to the Sri Lankan Navy on today (November 8) at the Naval Dock Yard in Trincomalee. Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Commander of the Navy, received the equipment on behalf of the Sri Lankan Government.

The equipment was provided under Section 1206 of the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act, which provides authority for the U.S. Department of Defense to assist in equipping and training partner nations to deter global terrorist activity.

Both the surveillance system and the inflatable boats are designed to enhance maritime security by increasing the Sri Lankan Navy’s ability to detect off-shore smuggling activity.

In his remarks at the handover ceremony, Ambassador Blake expressed the U.S. Government’s hope that the radar system and the inflatable boats would help the Sri Lankan Navy to interdict arms shipments to the LTTE, which was designated a foreign terrorist organization the United States in 1997.

The Ambassador also urged the Government of Sri Lanka to pursue a negotiated settlement to Sri Lanka’s conflict and stressed the importance of respecting fully human rights.

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Sources now confirm only six hundred people had attended the Thamilchelvan memorial gathering at Harrow Leisure Centre on November 5, 2007. The meeting was organised by the Tamil Youth Organisation based in Harrow with the help of Cllr Daya Idaikadar.

The LTTE websites reported that the hall was overwhelmed and over 10,000 people attended the function. An attendee at the function confirmed a meagre 600 people had attended 1,500 intake hall. The organisers were making repeated announcement that no one should leave the hall until the end.

The memorial event started at about 6.30pm. The programmes opened with the lighting of the candle by Mrs Suba Pulendran who was the wife of Pulendedran who committed suicide with five others in Indian Peace Keeping Force custody in 1987 which started a full scale war between the IPKF and the LTTE.

She was followed by Dr N Sathiamoorthy who is the head of the LTTE front charity White Pigeon in the UK. He placed the flower garland to Brigadier Thamichelvan’s picture. Three other LTTE front Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, Mrs Pathmini Sithambaranathan and Vino Nogarathlingam garlanded the pictures of Col Alex, Major Kalai Arasan lieutenant Artchival respectively. Major Mihunthan’s photograph was garlanded by his sister Mrs Mohanadas and followed by Mrs Rachael garlanding the picture of lieutenant Mavaikumaran.

Following the LTTE sympathisers in the hall were asked to drop flower petals for the dead hero’s pictures. Mrs Adele Balasingam initiated the dropping of flower petals. The following people spoke at the event.

Gajendrakumar Ponnambalan – Tamil National Alliance MP
Vino Nogarathalingam – Tamil National Alliance MP
Mrs Pathmini Sithamparanathan – Tamil National Alliance MP
Dr N Sathiyamoorthy – LTTE front White Pigeon Charity
Pattimakaran- LTTE media editor in the UK
A C Thacicious – Founder of IBC and drama producer
Mrs Ananthy Sooriyapiragasam – Former BBC Tamil Service Co-ordinator.
Arjunan Ethirveerasingam – LTTE’s Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation in Colombo.
Abirami Rajamanogaran – representing LTTE youth wing Tamil Youth Organisation in the UK
Poet Sivanathan – A pro LTTE poet based in London.
Thrai Sivapalan- TYO
Sivagini-TYO
Sangeethan-TYO

A condolence statement sent by Keith Vas MP was read out.

(http://lankaguardian.blogspot.com)

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President Mahinda Rajapakse is the ‘best bet’ to resolve Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict but there can be no solution minus the Tamil Tigers, says a prominent Muslim leader from the country.

Nizam Kariapper of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) party also said that New Delhi needed to put aside the Rajiv Gandhi assassination of 1991 so as to play a more meaningful role vis-a-vis the dragging conflict.

‘Rajapakse is the best bet, provided he is willing to (come up with a political solution),’ Kariapper told the reporter, speaking on the sidelines of an international conference on federalism that ended here Wednesday.
‘Whatever he does, the Sinhalese will feel he will have their interests in mind. And Tamils will accept a reasonable solution,’ he explained.

Kariapper, 44, is the SLMC deputy secretary general and its nominee at the All Party Representative Committee (APRC), which has been asked by the government to come up with an acceptable package on devolution of power in Sri Lanka.
Kariapper, however, warned that there could no solution to the ethnic conflict without the support of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and also ‘the Sinhalese nationalists’.

‘The LTTE’s strength is not their weapons; it is the backing they get from their people,’ he said. ‘They may not have the absolute majority support of the Tamils but they enjoy (the support of) a significant majority.’

One of the dozen Sri Lankans who took part in the federalism meet, Kariapper faulted India for seemingly keeping aloof from the conflict because of the LTTE assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.

‘You cannot use the Gandhi killing as a handle in the Sri Lanka situation. This is fundamentally wrong,’ he said, referring to India’s move to almost wash its hands off the ethnic conflict following the assassination.

‘India should look at Sri Lanka objectively. They should not let the Gandhi affair cloud their thinking. The problem with India is it does not act when it has to and it acts when it need not.’

Muslims constitute eight percent of Sri Lanka’s 20 million people. Although Muslims count Tamil as their mother tongue, they consider themselves a separate ethnic group, distinct from Tamils.

The SLMC is a member of the Rajapakse government, but Kariapper underlined that it was so ‘most reluctantly’.
He also expressed disappointment over the devolution proposals put forward by Rajapakse’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). This, he said, had only affected the credibility of the APRC.

‘A credible solution (to the conflict) should be federal in spirit, even if it does not have the name,’ he said. ‘It should recognise the areas of the north and east (of Sri Lanka) as the habitation of the Tamil-speaking people, both Tamils and Muslims.’

Kariapper said ’85-90 percent of work’ regarding devolution proposals was over at the APRC, which brings together various shades of political opinion in Sri Lanka, and ‘we just need to agree on some basic principles’.

Can there be a military solution to the conflict? ‘I don’t think so, either by the LTTE or by the government,’ he replied.
‘The situation in Sri Lanka is very complex,’ he added. ‘But in this complexity, a solution may arise.’

Kariapper also admitted that sections of younger Muslims, particularly in Sri Lanka’s east, were getting radicalised.
‘There is a huge tendency of radicalisation among younger Muslims. It is only the trading culture in the community that has kept this from happening in large numbers.

‘Also, lack of leadership has played a role. We refuse to provide leadership to radical Muslims. But it should be noted that such Muslims are a small minority.’

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Fighting in Sri Lanka is intensifying. The Tamil Tiger rebels have stepped up attacks on government facilities and the military is responding in kind. The result is an escalation of violence that continues to exact a horrifying toll on civilians. This often forgotten conflict shows no sign of exhausting itself. Tamil separatists have waged a bloody war for an independent homeland in the north in Sri Lanka since 1983.

The death toll from the quarter century of violence now exceeds 70,000. There were hopes that the two sides might be moving toward a settlement a few years ago, but those hopes have been extinguished. Fighting resumed in earnest last year and it is estimated that more than 5,000 lives have been lost since then.

The week before last, the Tamil Tigers air wing — aircraft cobbled together from light aircraft parts smuggled into the country — bombed a Sri Lanka air force base, the second such attack. At the same time, suicide fighters launched a ground assault on the base. The attack was the largest since the fighting began, and reportedly destroyed air aircraft; 14 soldiers and 21 rebels were reported killed.

The Tiger attack follows a series of government assaults on rebel strongholds, producing dozens of deaths on both sides. Last week, a government air force raid killed Tamil Tiger political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan.

It is clear that neither side is in better shape than the other. The government appeared to enjoy the initiative until the rebel assault on the base. There were hopes a few years ago that peace might have been in the offing, as international negotiators appeared to have made headway in their mediation. But those hopes have faded. With neither side showing any inclination to compromise, this battle is destined to continue.

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Road Development Authority (RDA) has paid a sum of Rs. 25 million to one Sudar Constructions (Pvt) Ltd, going against regular procedure, for the construction of four roads in LTTE controlled areas in Killinochchi.

“Normally, the RDA pays its contractors after its engineers have checked whether the construction has met the required standards. But since the roads are built in the LTTE controlled areas, it is impossible to do so, nevertheless, the RDA has paid this amount,” a highly placed source told The Nation yesterday.

He revealed that the RDA had paid this money to the company through an individual called S. Yogarajah (522370452V) who lives in a LTTE controlled area and that has raised suspicions on whether the money has been transferred to the LTTE.
“Sudar Constructions has written a letter to the Director Finance of the RDA and asked him to pay this individual. The strange thing is that the Provincial Director of the North East has added a footnote to the letter asking the Director Finance to pay this individual this said amount,” the source alleged.

Meanwhile, when The Nation contacted RDA chairman M.B.S. Fernando, he claimed that he was not aware of any such transaction.
“I do not know about this transaction. According to what you say, it is the Director Finance who has paid the amount, but I do not think that he would pay someone without following the proper procedure” said Fernando.

It is also learnt that the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Inland Revenue has informed the Chairman of the RDA about the non payment of tax by Sudar Constructions and asked him to deduct the amount from the payment.
“Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Inland Revenue, S. S. D Weerasekara has informed M.B.S. Fernando to charge a tax from Sudar Constructions. But no such step has been taken” the highly placed source said.

This issue is also expected to be taken up before the Committee on Public Enterprises.

(www.nation.lk)

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The monsoonal rains lashing all parts of the country has made a very big impact on the day-to-day lives of the people. The impact on the infantrymen engaged in operations in the battle fronts in the Wanni and also in the Jaffna peninsula, is no different.

They too have to undergo the agony of these unfavourable weather conditions adding more burden on the task of fighting the enemy awaiting to pick one weak point to infiltrate Security Forces controlled areas.

The Security Forces assessed the unfavourable conditions that may arise during the rainy weather conditions in the Forward Defence Lines in the Jaffna peninsula which are entirely different from the battle fronts in the Wanni, when they launched a surprise attack on the first line of the LTTE on Wednesday.

The infantrymen attached to the 5 Gemunu Watch, 1 Vijayabha Regiment and 6 Gemunu Regiment of the Air Mobile Brigade of the 53 Division were given orders in the early hours at 3.30 am on Wednesday to move ahead of the Security Forces Defences in Muhamalai to launch a surprise attack on the LTTE first line.

The troops deployed along the Muhamalai FDLs attached to the 4 Sri Lanka Light Infantry, 7 Vijayabha Infantry Regiment, 4 Gemunu Watch and 1 Sri Lanka Light Infantry were also given instructions to support the troops of the Air Mobile Brigade to take the Tiger bunker line at first light.

Reckie teams have already assessed the situation in the first bunker line of the LTTE, which was originally the second line maintained by the LTTE prior to the capture of the LTTE first line by the troops in September 9, 2006.

Therefore, troops were well aware of the ground which has been transformed into a death trap with trenches dug into a depth of eight feet and mine fields and improvised explosive devices to foil a Security Forces advance into their defences.

Troops were prepared to face these barriers in their bid to take the Tiger bunker lines at first light on Wednesday.

They were equipped with Bangalore Torpedoes to make inroads to the Tiger territory clearing mine fields. The Bangalore torpedoes, explosive filled pipes, were used to clear the mine fields by the engineering troops of the Engineering regiment.

At 5.30 am the troops of the Air Mobile Brigade broke into the Tiger defences surprisingly taking their bunker lines on the two sides of the Jaffna – Kandy highway around Muhamalai.

They took around five kilometres ahead of the Jaffna FDLs which is around a 11 Kilometres stretch across the neck of the Jaffna peninsula in Kilali, Muhamalai and Nagar Kovil.

The sector in the Nagar Kovil was selected since it could be the main target of the LTTE in any attempt to capture Jaffna, especially in November and in the aftermath of the death of Tiger Political Wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan.

The infantry battalions located to defend the Muhamalai, Kilali and Nagarkovil FDLs also assisted the troops of the Air Mobile Brigade to provide a wide battlefront for the LTTE.

They first destroyed the galvanised sheet fence constructed covering the bunker lines and took the Tiger positions in a surprise move evading eight feet deep trenches which were placed to trap the troops once they jump into these trenches in their bid to take the defences.

Instead of jumping into these trenches the troops filled all these trenches and took the Tiger positions, creating bunkers by filling polysacks with sand. The Tiger attempt was to launch major artillery and mortar attack on these trenches once troops jump into these trenches.

As troops took Tiger bunker lines, there were desperate calls from the Tiger cadres for reinforcements and supplies from Palai, Iyakachchi, Chempiyanpattu and Soranampattu areas further South of Jaffna peninsula.

Many of the vehicles carrying reinforcement from Iyakachchi, Chempiyanpattu and Palai area were hit by Multi Barrel fire of the Security Forces along with the vehicles bringing logistics support to them.

The troops with the capture of bunker lines held their positions for nearly three hours commencing from 5.30 a.m. and the troops were able to destroy all the bunkers they captured in the first line of the LTTE. Troops blasted many of the bunkers using charges taken with them.

According to Security Forces there was no intention by the troops to hold the ground. “Our intention was to destroy their bunkers and return to our defences,” a senior Army official told this columnist on the condition of anonymity.

According to higher level defence sources troops have gone nearly one kilometre from the Security Forces defences in Muhamalai to destroy the Tiger bunker line which had become big threat for the Security Forces.

For the past few months troops carried out many such limited operations to destroy these bunkers. In all these attempts they were able to capture the bunkers in a surprise move but faced retaliatory mortar fire of the LTTE once they were returning after destroying these bunkers.

But this was first instance the troops made a comparatively bigger attempt to destroy a large number of Tiger bunkers ahead of the Security Forces defences after the capture of their first line in September last year.

After capturing and destroying these bunkers troops observed that more than 60 Tiger cadres have been killed in their bunkers and many of the reinforcements arriving from Palali area were also reportedly killed in the MBRL fire from the Security Forces.

Troops received confirmed reports that there had been heavy casualties on the LTTE side due to artillery and mortar fires directed at the reinforcements arriving from the South of Jaffna peninsula and had been transported in five buses to Kilinochchi. Each bus had taken three turns to Kilinochchi.

The troops who successfully destroyed the Tiger bunkers had to face difficulties in this limited operation too as they could not return on the same path they cleared by using Bangalore torpedoes, due to indirect Tiger fire directed at them.

A number of soldiers fell victims to anti-personnel mines and also improvised explosive devices set on the ground, according to sources. In the final count 11 soldiers were confirmed killed due to indirect Tiger fire while 62 soldiers sustained injuries. They are in P1 and P2 category.

The soldiers who sustained minor injuries were admitted to the Palaly military hospital.

Many of the soldiers with serious injuries were flown to Colombo and admitted to the Colombo National hospital and Sri Jayawardenapura General hospitals.

According to Security Forces a number of Engineering Unit soldiers sustained injuries along with the troops of the Air Mobile Brigade.

Speculation spread all over Colombo about different casualty figures giving the impression that the Security Forces had suffered a severe blow at the hands of the LTTE.

But Security Forces confirmed that they have reached their target by completely destroying the Tiger bunker lines that had become a major threat to the Security Forces.

One of the main objectives of this limited operation was to deter any Tiger attempt to launch a major offensive in November to capture Jaffna by strengthening their positions under the cover of these bunker lines and using the A-9 road as their supply route.

Possibilities are very high on the side of the LTTE to launch a surprise attack on the Security Forces defences under the cover of the monsoon rains and also in the aftermath of the death of Thamilselvan in an air raid and also due to major thrust on the LTTE positions in the Wanni.

By destroying the bunker lines the troops were able to destabilise the Tiger defences as they are now not in a position to rebuild these bunkers. The bunker line is now exposed to the Security Forces with the destruction of the fence covering their bunker line.

In the coming rainy season it will be an extremely difficult task for the LTTE to rebuild these bunker lines amidst resistance from the Security Forces. That will provide an advantageous position to the Security Forces in the coming rainy season.

Another objective of the Security Forces through this limited operation was to destabilise the LTTE positions so that they cannot make use of the ground for their benefit since the ground is not fit to use battle tanks and heavy vehicles for any military operation during this rainy season.

Although, the Security Forces sustained a comparatively higher casualty rate in this limited operation, it is natural to have such a casualty rate in any attempt to capture defences on either side.

Many examples are available to prove that any battle in this theatre, an open terrain cannot continue without sustaining casualties like in the Wanni battle front covered with thick jungle.

Firepower plays a key role in any of these battles in the theatre in the southern neck of the Jaffna peninsula. Any attempt either by the Security Forces and the LTTE ended with heavy casualties in this theatre as in Muhamalai FDL in August 2006.

The attempt made by the LTTE to capture the Security Forces Defences in August last year was a classic example. The LTTE lost hundreds of their cadres at the hands of the Security Forces in their bid to take Muhamalai defences and thereby capture Jaffna.

Many of these cadres were killed due to artillery and mortar fire of the Security Forces as they crossed the open terrain to capture Security Forces defences.

In the same way there had been casualties on the part of the Security Forces too in this battle.

But things are completely different in the Wanni battle front as it provides thick jungle cover for the troops to advance towards Tiger held areas in small teams. Neither the LTTE nor the Security Forces can locate the enemy like in the battle front in the Jaffna peninsula.

Even during the Elephant Pass debacle in the year 2001 troops fell victim to Tiger artillery fire as they had to withdraw to their defences crossing open terrain in Elephant Pass and Iyakachchi junction to reach Pallai.

In this context it is extremely difficult to achieve success in any battle in the Jaffna without sustaining casualties since they have to confront each other in open terrain without any cover.

The only cover they can get is the strongly constructed bunker lines using their limited manpower, to escape from artillery fire directed at them by the Security Forces on regular basis.

Therefore, the only way the Security Forces can neutralise this threat is through physically moving towards their territory and destroying them without allowing them to establish their positions strongly to face the Security Forces.

The attempt made by the Security Forces on Wednesday was such an attempt to destroy the Tiger positions completely to keep the Security Forces in a more advantageous position against the LTTE.

Despite some shortcomings on the part of preparation for the operation the Security Forces have achieved a great victory as they could demonstrate their capability to return to their positions after hitting Tiger positions.

(www.dailynews.lk)

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