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Sri Lanka attacked command posts of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam before today’s annual policy speech by the rebel leader on a year of fighting that saw the group driven from the east and the death of its political chief.

The air force raided two “high profile” LTTE hideouts in the north yesterday, one of them near the rebel headquarters at Kilinochchi, the Defense Ministry said. Jets bombed two “densely populated” areas, injuring one civilian, TamilNet reported on its Web site.

Velupillai Prabhakaran, the LTTE leader, is scheduled to give his annual statement later today. The death of S.P. Thamilchelvan, the head of the political wing, in a Nov. 2 air raid increased the group’s resolve to achieve a separate homeland, he said at the time.

The Tamil Tigers, designated a terrorist group by the U.S., the European Union and India, are holding areas of northern Sri Lanka after the army won control of Eastern Province in July. The group has been fighting for 24 years in a conflict that has resulted in more than 70,000 deaths.

The military has increased operations against the Tamil Tigers in the north since July, attacking bases of the rebel naval unit known as the Sea Tigers.

Leaders Targeted

“We are after” Prabhakaran, Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said in an interview with Agence France-Presse in the capital, Colombo, yesterday. “We are specifically targeting their leadership.”

Tamil Tiger leaders are being restricted in their movements from their jungle bases, he said.

“The killing of Thamilchelvan sent a very powerful message,” the defense secretary said. “They know we have good intelligence on their movements.”

The LTTE has to be defeated militarily, he added. “Then a political solution becomes possible.”

Air force jets two days ago raided a satellite communications center near Kilinochchi, reducing the rebels’ intelligence gathering capability, the Defense Ministry said.

Four civilians were killed when bombs hit a settlement, TamilNet reported on its Web site Nov. 25. Yesterday’s air raid damaged 13 houses in Jayanthinakar, a suburb of Kilinochchi, and in Puthukkudiyiruppu, it said.

Rebels killed four villagers in an attack at Mahawilachchiya in the north yesterday, the Defense Ministry said on its Web site. Seven people were injured, five of them children, when rebel artillery shells hit a school near Mannar in the northwest, it said.

Indian Navy

The LTTE has changed its arms smuggling operations after India’s navy increased patrols off the coast of the southern state of Tamil Nadu that lies about a two-hour boat ride across the waters from Sri Lanka, India’s state-run broadcaster Doordarshan reported.

The group is moving its operations to Kerala on India’s southwestern coast, Doordarshan cited Vice Admiral Sunil Damle, who heads India’s Southern Naval Command, as saying yesterday.

Navy patrols that began earlier this year have made Tamil Nadu’s coast virtually impenetrable, Damle said.

An estimated 60,000 Sri Lankans live in camps in Tamil Nadu after fleeing fighting.

Political Settlement

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his budget speech to Parliament Nov. 7, vowed to “eradicate” terrorism from the South Asian island.

The Tamil Tigers have “demonstrated that they will never be ready to surrender arms and agree to a democratic political settlement,” he said.

Rajapaksa’s government rejects any peace proposal that envisages the division of the country while saying it is prepared to devolve some power to the regions.

Fighting between the army and the LTTE intensified last year as two attempts at peace talks in Geneva failed. The LTTE has an estimated 12,000 fighters and 4,000 Sea Tigers.

Tamils made up 11.9 percent of Sri Lanka’s 20 million people in 2001, the government’s Census and Statistics Department said. Sinhalese made up almost 74 percent of the population.

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Sri Lanka attacked command posts of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam before today’s annual policy speech by the rebel leader on a year of fighting that saw the group driven from the east and the death of its political chief.

The air force raided two “high profile” LTTE hideouts in the north yesterday, one of them near the rebel headquarters at Kilinochchi, the Defense Ministry said. Jets bombed two “densely populated” areas, injuring one civilian, TamilNet reported on its Web site.

Velupillai Prabhakaran, the LTTE leader, is scheduled to give his annual statement later today. The death of S.P. Thamilchelvan, the head of the political wing, in a Nov. 2 air raid increased the group’s resolve to achieve a separate homeland, he said at the time.

The Tamil Tigers, designated a terrorist group by the U.S., the European Union and India, are holding areas of northern Sri Lanka after the army won control of Eastern Province in July. The group has been fighting for 24 years in a conflict that has resulted in more than 70,000 deaths.

The military has increased operations against the Tamil Tigers in the north since July, attacking bases of the rebel naval unit known as the Sea Tigers.

Leaders Targeted

“We are after” Prabhakaran, Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said in an interview with Agence France-Presse in the capital, Colombo, yesterday. “We are specifically targeting their leadership.”

Tamil Tiger leaders are being restricted in their movements from their jungle bases, he said.

“The killing of Thamilchelvan sent a very powerful message,” the defense secretary said. “They know we have good intelligence on their movements.”

The LTTE has to be defeated militarily, he added. “Then a political solution becomes possible.”

Air force jets two days ago raided a satellite communications center near Kilinochchi, reducing the rebels’ intelligence gathering capability, the Defense Ministry said.

Four civilians were killed when bombs hit a settlement, TamilNet reported on its Web site Nov. 25. Yesterday’s air raid damaged 13 houses in Jayanthinakar, a suburb of Kilinochchi, and in Puthukkudiyiruppu, it said.

Rebels killed four villagers in an attack at Mahawilachchiya in the north yesterday, the Defense Ministry said on its Web site. Seven people were injured, five of them children, when rebel artillery shells hit a school near Mannar in the northwest, it said.

Indian Navy

The LTTE has changed its arms smuggling operations after India’s navy increased patrols off the coast of the southern state of Tamil Nadu that lies about a two-hour boat ride across the waters from Sri Lanka, India’s state-run broadcaster Doordarshan reported.

The group is moving its operations to Kerala on India’s southwestern coast, Doordarshan cited Vice Admiral Sunil Damle, who heads India’s Southern Naval Command, as saying yesterday.

Navy patrols that began earlier this year have made Tamil Nadu’s coast virtually impenetrable, Damle said.

An estimated 60,000 Sri Lankans live in camps in Tamil Nadu after fleeing fighting.

Political Settlement

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his budget speech to Parliament Nov. 7, vowed to “eradicate” terrorism from the South Asian island.

The Tamil Tigers have “demonstrated that they will never be ready to surrender arms and agree to a democratic political settlement,” he said.

Rajapaksa’s government rejects any peace proposal that envisages the division of the country while saying it is prepared to devolve some power to the regions.

Fighting between the army and the LTTE intensified last year as two attempts at peace talks in Geneva failed. The LTTE has an estimated 12,000 fighters and 4,000 Sea Tigers.

Tamils made up 11.9 percent of Sri Lanka’s 20 million people in 2001, the government’s Census and Statistics Department said. Sinhalese made up almost 74 percent of the population.

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Sri Lanka attacked command posts of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam before today’s annual policy speech by the rebel leader on a year of fighting that saw the group driven from the east and the death of its political chief.

The air force raided two “high profile” LTTE hideouts in the north yesterday, one of them near the rebel headquarters at Kilinochchi, the Defense Ministry said. Jets bombed two “densely populated” areas, injuring one civilian, TamilNet reported on its Web site.

Velupillai Prabhakaran, the LTTE leader, is scheduled to give his annual statement later today. The death of S.P. Thamilchelvan, the head of the political wing, in a Nov. 2 air raid increased the group’s resolve to achieve a separate homeland, he said at the time.

The Tamil Tigers, designated a terrorist group by the U.S., the European Union and India, are holding areas of northern Sri Lanka after the army won control of Eastern Province in July. The group has been fighting for 24 years in a conflict that has resulted in more than 70,000 deaths.

The military has increased operations against the Tamil Tigers in the north since July, attacking bases of the rebel naval unit known as the Sea Tigers.

Leaders Targeted

“We are after” Prabhakaran, Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said in an interview with Agence France-Presse in the capital, Colombo, yesterday. “We are specifically targeting their leadership.”

Tamil Tiger leaders are being restricted in their movements from their jungle bases, he said.

“The killing of Thamilchelvan sent a very powerful message,” the defense secretary said. “They know we have good intelligence on their movements.”

The LTTE has to be defeated militarily, he added. “Then a political solution becomes possible.”

Air force jets two days ago raided a satellite communications center near Kilinochchi, reducing the rebels’ intelligence gathering capability, the Defense Ministry said.

Four civilians were killed when bombs hit a settlement, TamilNet reported on its Web site Nov. 25. Yesterday’s air raid damaged 13 houses in Jayanthinakar, a suburb of Kilinochchi, and in Puthukkudiyiruppu, it said.

Rebels killed four villagers in an attack at Mahawilachchiya in the north yesterday, the Defense Ministry said on its Web site. Seven people were injured, five of them children, when rebel artillery shells hit a school near Mannar in the northwest, it said.

Indian Navy

The LTTE has changed its arms smuggling operations after India’s navy increased patrols off the coast of the southern state of Tamil Nadu that lies about a two-hour boat ride across the waters from Sri Lanka, India’s state-run broadcaster Doordarshan reported.

The group is moving its operations to Kerala on India’s southwestern coast, Doordarshan cited Vice Admiral Sunil Damle, who heads India’s Southern Naval Command, as saying yesterday.

Navy patrols that began earlier this year have made Tamil Nadu’s coast virtually impenetrable, Damle said.

An estimated 60,000 Sri Lankans live in camps in Tamil Nadu after fleeing fighting.

Political Settlement

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his budget speech to Parliament Nov. 7, vowed to “eradicate” terrorism from the South Asian island.

The Tamil Tigers have “demonstrated that they will never be ready to surrender arms and agree to a democratic political settlement,” he said.

Rajapaksa’s government rejects any peace proposal that envisages the division of the country while saying it is prepared to devolve some power to the regions.

Fighting between the army and the LTTE intensified last year as two attempts at peace talks in Geneva failed. The LTTE has an estimated 12,000 fighters and 4,000 Sea Tigers.

Tamils made up 11.9 percent of Sri Lanka’s 20 million people in 2001, the government’s Census and Statistics Department said. Sinhalese made up almost 74 percent of the population.

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Sri Lanka’s government has marked the birthday of Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, seen here, with a vow to kill him

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Sri Lanka’s government has marked the birthday of Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, seen here, with a vow to kill him

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Sri Lanka’s government has marked the birthday of Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran with a vow to kill him.

The island’s powerful defence secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapakse, said Colombo now had the upper hand in the long-running conflict, with the elusive guerrilla chief limited in both his movements and ability to score strategic victories.

Earlier this month the political head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), S.P. Thamilselvan, was killed in what the government said was a precision air strike on the north and not a mere lucky hit.

“The killing of Thamilselvan sent a very powerful message: they know we have good intelligence on their movements,” Rajapakse told AFP in an interview Monday at the heavily-fortified defence ministry in Colombo.

Monday was also the day the LTTE chief marked his 53rd birthday, and Rajapakse said that if all goes to plan it will be his last.

“We are after him. We are specifically targeting their leadership,” he said.

“For the last few months he (Prabhakaran) has been even more restricted in his movements. We want to keep them under pressure. We are gathering intelligence, information.”

The threat came as Prabhakaran was set to give his annual speech from a jungle hideout in his northern mini-state marking the end of “heroes’ week”, commemorating around 20,000 Tamils who have died fighting for a separate homeland.

Prabhakaran’s speech, due to be broadcast later Tuesday, will come at the end of a year of several setbacks for the LTTE.

Government forces regained full control over the east of the island in July, and have also managed to sink what the government says is the bulk of the rebels’ fabled fleet of gun-running ships.

The outspoken defence secretary, who is also the brother of the island’s president, insisted that the tide of the 35-year-old conflict — Asia’s longest-running civil war — was finally turning in the government’s favour.

He also signalled that the year ahead would see a renewed escalation of the conflict, finally closing a chapter of “phoney war’ that began with a 2002 Norwegian-brokered ceasefire and its progressive collapse.

“Our objective is to weaken them. We have to defeat them militarily, we have to control Wanni,” he said of the LTTE’s northern stronghold.

“It is possible. We just have to squeeze them. Then a political solution becomes possible,” the defence secretary said, repeating his view that the Tamil Tigers only used a truce to smuggle in more arms and can therefore only be bombed into peace.

Prabhakaran, in his speech Tuesday, is also expected to cast aside any talk of diplomacy and issue a rallying call to his thousands of hardened guerrillas.

The LTTE supremo, renowned for his ability to bring out the suicidal tendencies in his followers, has also managed to withstand successive government offensives in the past.

And over the past year, he has unleashed new weapons — namely light aircraft sent on nocturnal missions to strike as far south as the capital and damage Sri Lanka’s economy in the process.

“Black Tiger” suicide squads have also been active.

Still, Rajapakse brushed aside the significance of such rebel attacks.

“In the end it’s just symbolic. it affects morale, but strategically it makes no difference,” said the defence secretary, who narrowly survived a suicide bomber sent by Prabhakaran last year.

“In the end, what have they gained during the last 20 to 30 years? Just destroyed property and destroyed lives.”

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LTTE’s military mechanism is no longer effective and SL Navy has completely frozen arms supply from the sea, Wanni jungle is completely encircled by elite commandoes of the SL army. The long range brigade of SL Army has already sneak into the den of the Piribaharan.

As defense secretary Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa clearly mentioned, Piribaharan recently celebrated his last birthday of his life in a deep hole in the Wanni jungle. Now he has a simple choice to make and that is either to remain hiding in the bunker and get caught just like Sadam Hussain of Iraq or he may come out into the battle front and killed as the self appointed supreme of terrorist gang. He seems to prefer the former and he has decided to send his brainwashed suicide squad to the south in desperation to delay his faith.

Two bomb explosions within 24 hours from his birthday speech are clear indications of his intentions. Piribaharan’s choice to use a disabled woman suffering from Polio to target Social Services and Social Welfare minister Mr. Douglas Devananda clearly shows the dismal mentality of terrorist supremo. Douglas Devananda is the only Tamil political leader elected to parliament in the North who does not give into iron fist of fascism of LTTE terrorist leader Piribaharan and this is a strong red signal to democratic Tamil community of Sri Lanka.

The second explosion was in Nugegoda junction in the busy evening time. It was clearly targeting the civilians in the south. Two days ago, on Piribaharan’s birthday, LTTE attacked civilians in Mahavilachchiya village killing four innocent farmers including a woman.

TER + ROR + ISM
Definition:
“The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.“

These are clearly attempts to terrorize politicians and civilians in the society. LTTE terrorists are no longer capable of face to face battle with strong and ever determined armed forces of Sri Lankan government and they have chosen to unleashed terrorism on civilian targets. LTTE is in its last stage of existence and just like candle about to blow off glitter more temporally, there will be intensified terror act in the near future.

With all these coward attacks on civilian targets by terrorists, the second surge of terror will comes from the LTTE hired media personals in the south. They will eagerly report the terror attacks to transmit the terror psychology and create panic in the nation. This would followed by INGO backed so called peace agent’s preaches of consequences of challenging the terrorism.

Their ultimate aim of these white collar terrorists is to convince the general public that “The (miserable) war can not be won by either party”, “Guerilla wars are never crushed by military means” and “County can not afford the war any more”, etc… This in fact is the psychological war front of the LTTE terrorists. The bankrupt and opportunistic political foxes will jump up to cash in the situation as well.

At this crucial juncture, winning or loosing of the fight against terrorism will be decided by the will power of entire nation. The brave security forces have done their part and they have cleared entire Eastern province, Mannar district and they are now knocking the doers of Wanni jungle without much of a buzz or impact on the society in the south. It is a result of great commitment and valiant effort of our brave soldiers in the war front. Now this is our responsibility to hold this winning flag tightly by not give into terrorism in the south.

“I think we all know what they are trying to do, they are trying to use the slaughter of innocent people to cow us, to frighten us out of doing the things we want to do, of trying to stop us going about our business as normal as we are entitled to do and they should not and must not succeed.

When they try to intimidate us, we will not be intimidated, when they seek to change our country, our way of life by these methods, we will not be changed. When they try to divide our people or weaken our resolve, we will not be divided and our resolve will hold firm. We will show by our spirit and dignity and by a quiet and true strength that there is in the British people, that our values will long outlast theirs. The purpose of terrorism is just that, it is to terrorise people and we will not be terrorised.”
– Statement by Prime Minister of UK , Tony Blair after the series of explosions in London on 07 July 2006

If we loosen the grip by give into terrorists, their media campaigners and INGO agents in the south, we will be the looser again and everything will have to start all over again. This is not the first time that bombs blast in Colombo and it has been happening in all over the Colombo for last twenty five years and there is hardly any town or street devoid of bomb blast in the capital. So this is not a new experience to panic. It is just extra vigilance and patience and collaboration that required letting our brave armed forces in the north to finish their endeavor and uproot terrorism for ever from this emerald island.

(Lanka Rising)

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