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Security Forces Commander North and Colonel Commandant of the Armoured Corps Major Gen G. A. Chandrasiri Tuesday said that the officers and men of the Armoured Corps have made many sacrifices to defend the territorial integrity and the sovereignty of the country.

He was addressing the officers and men of the Armoured Corps at an investiture ceremony held at Rock House camp to award gallantry medals to four soldiers of whom three had fought valiantly in re-capturing lost territory from the LTTE in Pallai in the year 2000.

Having joined the army as privates, all three of them had served most part of their career in operational areas.

The General said that the soldiers of the regiment have fought gallantly in the battle inflicting maximum damage on the enemy. Their capabilities and experience have been an asset on the Jaffna, Welioya fronts and they had proved their metal in the battle against the terrorists to liberate the East.

“During the last few years officers and men of the Armoured Corps have been awarded over 100 medals for acts of bravery. This is ample testimony to their determination, spirit and fighting skills,” he said.

He told the soldiers that it’s their fortune to serve their country and discharge their responsibility towards their motherland.

He saluted the fallen heroes who have made the supreme sacrifice for their motherland and the officers and men who have been maimed or injured in the war and their families who have contributed a lot by making a lot of sacrifices.

They were awarded the Rana Soora Padakkama (RSP).

The recipients of yesterday’s awards were Capt D. C. M. Disanayake, Capt. Saman Meegastenne and Lt. Kapila Jayantha Adihetty. Corp H. M. Navaratne was awarded the Rana Soora Padakkama posthumously, for having fought bravely when Tiger cadres were attacking the troops and were staging a tactical withdrawal in Manmunai in the year 2000.

(The Island)

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Security Forces Commander North and Colonel Commandant of the Armoured Corps Major Gen G. A. Chandrasiri Tuesday said that the officers and men of the Armoured Corps have made many sacrifices to defend the territorial integrity and the sovereignty of the country.

He was addressing the officers and men of the Armoured Corps at an investiture ceremony held at Rock House camp to award gallantry medals to four soldiers of whom three had fought valiantly in re-capturing lost territory from the LTTE in Pallai in the year 2000.

Having joined the army as privates, all three of them had served most part of their career in operational areas.

The General said that the soldiers of the regiment have fought gallantly in the battle inflicting maximum damage on the enemy. Their capabilities and experience have been an asset on the Jaffna, Welioya fronts and they had proved their metal in the battle against the terrorists to liberate the East.

“During the last few years officers and men of the Armoured Corps have been awarded over 100 medals for acts of bravery. This is ample testimony to their determination, spirit and fighting skills,” he said.

He told the soldiers that it’s their fortune to serve their country and discharge their responsibility towards their motherland.

He saluted the fallen heroes who have made the supreme sacrifice for their motherland and the officers and men who have been maimed or injured in the war and their families who have contributed a lot by making a lot of sacrifices.

They were awarded the Rana Soora Padakkama (RSP).

The recipients of yesterday’s awards were Capt D. C. M. Disanayake, Capt. Saman Meegastenne and Lt. Kapila Jayantha Adihetty. Corp H. M. Navaratne was awarded the Rana Soora Padakkama posthumously, for having fought bravely when Tiger cadres were attacking the troops and were staging a tactical withdrawal in Manmunai in the year 2000.

(The Island)

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Security Forces Commander North and Colonel Commandant of the Armoured Corps Major Gen G. A. Chandrasiri Tuesday said that the officers and men of the Armoured Corps have made many sacrifices to defend the territorial integrity and the sovereignty of the country.

He was addressing the officers and men of the Armoured Corps at an investiture ceremony held at Rock House camp to award gallantry medals to four soldiers of whom three had fought valiantly in re-capturing lost territory from the LTTE in Pallai in the year 2000.

Having joined the army as privates, all three of them had served most part of their career in operational areas.

The General said that the soldiers of the regiment have fought gallantly in the battle inflicting maximum damage on the enemy. Their capabilities and experience have been an asset on the Jaffna, Welioya fronts and they had proved their metal in the battle against the terrorists to liberate the East.

“During the last few years officers and men of the Armoured Corps have been awarded over 100 medals for acts of bravery. This is ample testimony to their determination, spirit and fighting skills,” he said.

He told the soldiers that it’s their fortune to serve their country and discharge their responsibility towards their motherland.

He saluted the fallen heroes who have made the supreme sacrifice for their motherland and the officers and men who have been maimed or injured in the war and their families who have contributed a lot by making a lot of sacrifices.

They were awarded the Rana Soora Padakkama (RSP).

The recipients of yesterday’s awards were Capt D. C. M. Disanayake, Capt. Saman Meegastenne and Lt. Kapila Jayantha Adihetty. Corp H. M. Navaratne was awarded the Rana Soora Padakkama posthumously, for having fought bravely when Tiger cadres were attacking the troops and were staging a tactical withdrawal in Manmunai in the year 2000.

(The Island)

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LTTE in panic in Weli Oya have intensified its defence-in-depth. ‘Col’ Swarnam and a host of elite units have been called in to halt the Army’s progress, which has been slow but steady. Troops advancing on its four Avenues of Approach are at Kalyanapura, Kiriibbanwewa, Janakapura North and Kokkuthuduwai.

The LTTE had 14 bases (hence the name 1-4) in the dense Mullaithivu Jungle, where Prabhakaran took shelter from the IPKF in 1987. Of these, one base with underground facilities was captured recently by troops.

Highly placed sources told this site that another 10 miles into LTTE areas would give the Army tremendous influence over Mullaithivu. An advance of 10 miles would result in the capture of vital LTTE locations such as Nayaru and Alampil. Currently Mullaithivu Town is within Artillery Range.

Special Forces and Commando Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) teams have also been quietly busy over the last few weeks. Today, despite the Poya Day, a Special Forces LRRP team ambushed an LTTE tractor at Nedunkerni, North West of Weli Oya. A team from 3 Commando (3CR) missed LTTE’s Mannar leader Lakshman when they attacked his outrider due to a misunderstanding.

A host of LTTE ‘Lieutenant Colonels’ have been killed by LRRP units within the past weeks. These include an LTTE ‘Lieutenant Colonel’ from the Imran Pandian Regiment. Troops surrounded, killed and recovered the body of the 2nd in-charge (2IC) of the LTTE’s Sothia Brigade (Women) north of Palampiddi recently.

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Sri Lankan government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels engaged in heavy fighting in the embattled north, leaving at least 23 rebels and three soldiers killed, the defence ministry said on Wednesday.

“Heavy fighting was reported from Navathkulama, Periyamadu, Kayamoddai, Palamodai and Koviltkunchukulam areas according to military reports,” the defence ministry said in a statement.

It said 23 Tigers were killed in separate clashes. The ministry placed military losses at three soldiers killed since Tuesday.

Those deaths included a soldier who died in a firefight which erupted when Tiger rebels attacked an army post in the northwestern district of Mannar early on Wednesday, military officials said.

The latest deaths raised the number of rebels killed by security forces since January to 4,303, according to the defence ministry, which says 391 security personnel and police have died in combat over the same period.

There was no comment from the Tigers.

The official figures cannot be independently verified since journalists are barred from visiting front-line areas.

The government insists it has the upper hand in the decades-long conflict with the Tigers and has poured a record 1.5 billion dollars into the war effort this year.

The Tigers have been fighting for a separate homeland for the Tamil minority since 1972. Tens of thousands of people have died in the conflict.

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Malaysia will help Sri Lanka track down a suspect believed to be involved in a Tamil Tiger bomb plot in Colombo, a report said Wednesday.

Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar, who oversees internal security, said authorities would investigate a report about the arrest of six members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) this week.

The Sri Lankan online newspaper Daily Mirror reported that the accused said they were waiting for an instruction by telephone from an operative in Malaysia.

It cited a police source as saying that the six, including a woman, were arrested together with 2.7 kilograms of C4 explosives and had planned to launch an attack on Saturday.

Syed Hamid said Malaysia was committed to the battle against terrorism.

“We hope to secure cooperation from Sri Lanka to give the name of the suspect in Malaysia … for us to proceed with the investigation,” he was quoted as saying by the Utusan Malaysia newspaper.

“Up to now, we have not received any information from the authorities in Sri Lanka,” he said.

The LTTE is fighting a bloody independence campaign in Sri Lanka.

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