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Troops have captured the LTTE’s Michael Base in the Mullitivu jungle, the Defence Ministry said today.

It said the Army’s 59 division deployed in the Welioya front captured the base described as one of the strategic satellite bases of the LTTE’s main “One Four Base” Complex situated inside the Mulaithiuvu jungle.
“The troops marching towards North of Janakapura, into the Mulaithiuvu, made this capture after three days of fierce fighting. Soldiers entered into the camp after beating off the enemy last morning and declared the area secured by afternoon,” the ministry said adding that at least 17 LTTE cadres were killed in the fighting.

The base, which extends over 200 square meters, includes several underground defences. The main underground complex covers about 50 square meters and is made out of thick concrete. An underground bunker and five damaged buildings were also found inside the camp premises. The camp was provided with a water supply system and other sanitary facilities to its inmates, the ministry said

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Troops have captured the LTTE’s Michael Base in the Mullitivu jungle, the Defence Ministry said today.

It said the Army’s 59 division deployed in the Welioya front captured the base described as one of the strategic satellite bases of the LTTE’s main “One Four Base” Complex situated inside the Mulaithiuvu jungle.
“The troops marching towards North of Janakapura, into the Mulaithiuvu, made this capture after three days of fierce fighting. Soldiers entered into the camp after beating off the enemy last morning and declared the area secured by afternoon,” the ministry said adding that at least 17 LTTE cadres were killed in the fighting.

The base, which extends over 200 square meters, includes several underground defences. The main underground complex covers about 50 square meters and is made out of thick concrete. An underground bunker and five damaged buildings were also found inside the camp premises. The camp was provided with a water supply system and other sanitary facilities to its inmates, the ministry said

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Troops have captured the LTTE’s Michael Base in the Mullitivu jungle, the Defence Ministry said today.

It said the Army’s 59 division deployed in the Welioya front captured the base described as one of the strategic satellite bases of the LTTE’s main “One Four Base” Complex situated inside the Mulaithiuvu jungle.
“The troops marching towards North of Janakapura, into the Mulaithiuvu, made this capture after three days of fierce fighting. Soldiers entered into the camp after beating off the enemy last morning and declared the area secured by afternoon,” the ministry said adding that at least 17 LTTE cadres were killed in the fighting.

The base, which extends over 200 square meters, includes several underground defences. The main underground complex covers about 50 square meters and is made out of thick concrete. An underground bunker and five damaged buildings were also found inside the camp premises. The camp was provided with a water supply system and other sanitary facilities to its inmates, the ministry said

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At least 48 Tamil Tiger rebels and a soldier were killed in a series of gunbattles in Sri Lanka’s strife-torn north with the army today claiming to have a captured a major LTTE base after three days of fierce fighting.

At least 17 LTTE cadres were killed as troops yesterday captured LTTE’s “Michael Base” in north-east Welioya, the defence ministry said, adding forces attacked Tamil Tiger rebels along northern front lines in the Jaffna, Vavuniya, Welioya and Mannar regions.

According to the sources, the LTTE camp is one of the strategic satellite bases of the rebels’ main “One Four Base” complex situated inside the Mulaithiuvu jungle in the north.

Troops marching towards North of Janakapura, into Mulaithiuvu, succeeded after three days of fierce fighting, the ministry said.

The structure of the base extends over 200 square metres that includes several underground bunkers.

In other clashes, troops killed an LTTE cadre and wounded two others in a confrontation, it said adding six LTEE rebels were killed and five others injured in an encounter at North Kiribbanwewa area in Welioya.

The army also captured a LTTE bunker after injuring eight tiger rebels in the region, it said.

A soldier was wounded while on duty when an anti personnel mine exploded in Ampaddankulam area in North-western Mannar yesterday, the ministry said.

Two LTTE cadres were killed and another injured by troops in the same area later in the day.

Meanwhile, two tiger rebels were shot dead when troops launched an attack in Kiriththivu in Mannar yesterday, the military said.

(PTI)

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Karuna Amman, leader of the LTTE’s breakaway faction, has said the Tiger group headed by V Prabhakaran is “very weak” at present but it would not be possible to defeat it soon.

“The LTTE are now only maintaining a defence line. They can’t launch any offensive. They are very weak now,” Karuna said.

He, however added that it would take time for the Sri Lankan army to defeat the rebel outfit.

“It will not happen in the next few months. We have to work together to win this war,” the former deputy to LTTE supremo Prabhakaran told the Sinhala language wing of BBC.

Amman, whose real name is Vinayamurthi Muralitharan, arrived in Sri Lanka earlier this week after he was deported from UK, where he served a prison sentence for immigration offences.

Karuna was sentenced to nine-month imprisonment in January after being convicted of identity fraud.

Karuna, who broke away from the LTTE in 2004, was arrested here in November last year for travelling on a diplomatic passport under a false name.

Sri Lanka government has repeatedly denied any assistance to him to leave the Island country for Britain.

On his arrival to Sri Lanka, Karuna appealed to all communities — Sinhala, Muslim and Tamil, to help the government in defeating the LTTE, which he described as a ‘brutal terrorist group’.

The founder of Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP) told BBC Sandeshaya he was ‘very happy’ that his deputy S Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan, was appointed as Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC).

Rubbishing reports of differences between the two, Karuna said he had no plans to replace Pillayan as Chief Minister.

“We are not only representing eastern Tamils. We represent all Tamils in Sri Lanka,” he said.

He also said he would meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa and ministers in his administration in the near future.

“We are a party in the government alliance. Everybody knows that,” he said.

Meanwhile, human rights groups have demanded that Karuna be tried for forcing teenagers to serve as child soldiers, torturing prisoners and killing hundreds of civilians.

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The Columbian-French politician Íngrid Betancourt was rescued last Tuesday in Operation Jaque, executed to great perfection by the Colombian Army. It is hailed a victory and a morale booster for Defence Forces fighting guerrilla groups around the world.

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Aspirations astray?

The most daring and successful LTTE attack since the start of ‘Tamil Eelam War IV’ is clearly the Anuradhapura Airbase attack by 21 LTTE ‘Commandos’ who first entered the base as a group of civil construction workers. The result was the loss of 32 valuable aircraft, including two brandnew UAVs brought from Israel. The attack tells you a lot about the organization for ‘Tamil Eelam’.

The Tigers, many would agree, do it through cunning and deception. The response from the government’s side to such aggression has always been an aerial bombardment. Unfortunately for the Sri Lanka Air Force, the targets destroyed in aerial bombings have been limited. Whatever that was hit, except of course Thamil Selvan, has largely been publicly unverified.

On the other hand, Tigers make sure that the attack is carried through in person, often video taping the entire attack and maintaining radio contact right throughout. This they then publicize internationally. For those looking from the outside, this looks heroic, daring and clever—how a non-state group minnows a state. The modus operandi for these attacks is using valuable manpower on suicide missions; a quality the LTTE has achieved by unhinging itself from all military ethics. How does the LTTE manage this from an organizational standpoint?

In many ways, the Tigers are like a profit-making company. As long as the end meets the means and the means meet the end, the sacrifice of men, women and children in counterforce and countervalue targets is acceptable.

The goal is to maximize the return on investment made by a section of the Tamils. In layman’s terms ‘You give me your guilt-money, I give you Eelam’. The overt goal maybe Eelam, which in negotiations theory is called Positional Bargaining, where you say you want something, but have other interests that needs to be fulfilled first. These are covert goals. Examples of covert goals include the Tamil Diaspora Refugees’ interest in living out the rest of their days in the comfort of the Developed World or for Prabhakaran to immortalized himself or to see his daughter graduate from a College in Ireland.

The means of achieving both the overt and the covert goals could intersect each other at different intervals. As long as they do not separate from each other entirely, the two goals can coexist. But this does not explain why the Tigers have had the success that they have had in unconventional terms. To achieve the overt and covert goals successfully, there should be a flexible pursuit of more than one means of achieving that goal.

The means of achieving the overt goal is as wide as your imagination. The means are after all limited by only your imagination. The means employed by the LTTE so far include assassination of Tamil opposition leaders, assassination of Sinhala opposition leaders, raising garrisons of brainwashed suicide bombers, strengthening the cadre through forced recruitment of women and children etc etc. The ability to generate as many means as you possibly can can increase your chances of achieving the goal. Flexibility usually comes from the capacity of the leadership to hold and control power. Power is force. Force is equal to threat.

Operating within an impoverished minority group, this threat is implemented through thuggery and the gradual elimination of all resistance to thuggery, like moderate politicians for example. This is made possible by a one-sided International Consciousness on the issues in Sri Lanka.

The one-sidedness was initially because the governments of Sri Lanka, since Independence, had made serious errors, thus giving ample opportunity for cetain dormant ‘aspirations’ of the Tamil elites to be realized. Government’s over the years haven’t really improved much. Look for example at the recent attacks on journalists reporting the war.

However, government’s are usually on a short lease. We have seen many Administrations come and go, but the people of Sri Lanka remain. So does the LTTE, by the way.

What distinguishes the present Administration from their Opposition is an initiative to respond militarily to the Tamil Tigers which is approved by the majority because of the LTTE’s own actions. In one respect, the present Administration is an equal matching force to the LTTE. But this should be limited to areas where there is an LTTE, instead of being unleashed in the public eye in the south.

Every which way you look at it, the reality is that the general public will always outlive and outlast government. The general public means those that can make decisions for themselves without help from an armed agency for example, through its own right and power to vote. We saw this in the recent elections in the East to a small extent. Given the opportunity, the Tamils will indeed vote and make decisions for themselves within a democratic system.

The LTTE is no exception to the vulnerability of mass choice. If the current campaign becomes successful any further, small desenting opinions within the LTTE and the Tamil community will become larger and louder. Isolated incidents of extreme violence just won’t cut it for the LTTE anymore. Losing territory but continued insurgency from within the same territory is not a proper Return on the Investment made by the Tamils. Eelam after all is a consciousness tied to land. Incapacitated and unable to hold and retain the ground beneath its feet, the Tigers will lose its stripes and with it the legitimacy to represent the ‘aspirations’ for Tamil Eelam.

(Defense Wire)

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