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Troops of the 57 Division now operating at Mullaittivu, Monday (August 18) sprung an ambush targeting a terrorist movement at Koddaikoddinakulam in general area Uyilankulama, Mullaittivu.

Troops claimed that heavy damages were caused to the terrorists during the attack.

Also, two LTTE bodies and few warlike items were found by troops during a subsequent search operation in the area, military sources said.

According to security sources, the ambush was sprung at around 6a.m., targeting terrorists who are now fleeing the area in numbers following extensive military ground and air assaults.

Following items were also uncovered during the search operation.

b. 01 X RPG

c. 04 X T 56 WPN

d. 06 X RPG BOMB

e. 01 X COMPASS (U/S)

f. 01 X ICOM RADIO

g. 01 X GPS

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A Royal Canadian Mounted Police report alleges a Toronto fundraising group wired more than $3 million for weapons to Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka.The RCMP anti-terror unit raided the Toronto and Montreal offices of the World Tamil Movement in 2006, and an 83-page summary of the investigation seen by the National Post claimed the group “has developed an elaborate machinelike entity that moves throughout the Greater Toronto Area collecting funds with extreme proficiency.”

The RCMP’s financial report claims the WTM has a complex network made up of 20 Canadian bank accounts in five Canadian banks that were used to wire funds to Britain, Malaysia, Singapore, and Tamil Tigers-controlled areas of Sri Lanka.

The investigation began in 2002, and last June 16 Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day announced the group had been added to Canada’s list of terrorist groups, the report said.

The Tamil group has repeatedly denied its fundraising is for the militants, and vowed to legally challenge the terrorist designation by the government, the Post said.

(UPI.com)

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LTTE personnel and territorial losses are accelerating because the LTTE can no longer maintain a “front line” of bunkers, the respected military website Strategy Page said yesterday.

“The Army is thus able to move deep into LTTE controlled territory, taking towns and major bases the LTTE depend on to recruit troops and extract supplies, especially food,” it said.

The Strategy Page said: “So far this year, the LTTE has lost nearly 6,000 dead, while the army has lost nearly 600 soldiers. In the last two years, since the ceasefire collapsed, the LTTE has had over 9,000 of its fighters killed.

In that time, LTTE controlled territory has shrunk from 15,000 square kilometres, to 4,000.

The air force and navy have crippled LTTE smuggling efforts, but not eliminated them. Tamil fishermen from India are still willing to risk arrest or injury to move weapons, medicine and diesel fuel to LTTE controlled beaches in northern Sri Lanka.

The fee paid for these trips has been going up from about $1,000 to over $2,000. But the blockade has eliminated the use of cargo ships for these supply runs. So instead of getting hundreds of tons of supplies at time, the LTTE has to be satisfied with a few tons.

The government fears that, after the defeat of the organised LTTE in Sri Lanka, they will still be under attack from an LTTE expatriate terrorist organization. There are actually two LTTEs. There is the one in Sri Lanka. This one is under heavy attack, and about to be destroyed. Then there is the LTTE overseas.

Originally set up to raise money among expatriate Tamils (from Sri Lanka and southern India), this organization uses many illegal methods to buy and smuggle military goods into Sri Lanka. Because of some of the scams used to raise money, the offshore LTTE turned into a criminal gang. Failed rebellions often leave large, purely criminal, organizations in their wreckage. But the LTTE-In-Exile is threatening to turn into a terrorist organization as well.

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Despite fierce resistance, the LTTE’s last bastion in the Northwestern coast at Nachchikudah may fall in the coming days. LTTE took steps to reinforce Nachchikudah with fighters from the Jaffna FDL. They have also dug a large trench from Nachchikudah to the interior of Karachchi situated in Kilinochchi District (to the northeast).

The trench war is seen primarily in Mannar and the Northern FDL where tank and Mechanized Infantry Units are lurking. However, it should be a matter of time before the trench is infiltrated by 58 troops specially trained for the task.

Special Forces and 3 Commando Regiment troops have started ambushing reinforcements from Kilinochchi to Nachchikuda, Tunukkai and Mallavi. The route from Kilinochchi to Nachchikuda/Uylankulam, Tunukkai and Mallavi is being infiltrated by Special Forces and 3 Commando elite teams on a regular basis. This is in addition to regular troop operations.

The Special Forces, deployed as an Independent reserve operating primarily from Vavuniya, last week ambushed a convoy of Tigers who were riding a captured Army Buffel southeast of the town of Akkarayan at Akkarayankulam in Kilinochchi near the Mulaitivu-Kilinochchi border. In the same area, troops from 3 Commando ambushed another convoy of Tigers. Casualties to LTTE is unknown.

Fighting continues at Uylankulam as 4 Gemunu Watch troops surround Tunukkai from the rear and hold LTTE reinforcements from Kilinochchi at bay. The sheer number of fronts the SLA has opened up from Northwest of Tunukkai to Mallavi, Uylankulam and Nachchikuda is thinning out Tiger manpower as they fight to fend off the SLA from Kilinochchi Town, just 13kms away. Special Forces and 3 Commando troops are within striking distance of Kilinochchi Town already.

(Defence Wire)

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake has said that the government troops are nearing the Tamil Tiger headquarters located in the island’s north.

Addressing an election rally on Tuesday in the southeastern Sabaragamuva province’s Kuruwita area, Wickramanayake said, “My friends, our forces would soon take Kilinochchi, although I can’t predict a date, it could happen soon”.

Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu are the two districts in the north where the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels are currently confined to while battling the advancing government troops.

Wickramanayake said with the conquering of Kilinochchi by the government troops “the menace of terrorism which plagued our country over the last 30 years would end”.

The government says it is determined to crush the LTTE rebellion by the year end. The rebels have been fighting in the north and east since the mid 1980s with the aim of setting up a separate homeland for the minority Tamil community. More than 70,000 people have died in the conflict.

However, since the middle of last year, the government troops have recorded a series of military victories against the rebels, who were completely evicted from the eastern province in July 2007and the troops are continuing their march to the rebels held areasin the north.

Meanwhile, the defense officials here Tuesday said that some 19rebels had been killed in separate clashes in the north on Monday while 21 more were injured. The Army lost five soldiers in the battles.

(Xinhua News)

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The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have asked its members who deserted the organization to surrender by the 20th of August. The announcement was made via LTTE’s official radio station ‘Voice of Tigers’. According to the announcement. deserters were asked to report to LTTE’s political headquarters by the 20th August.

Voice of tigers radio is broadcast via Fm 98.0 from LTTE stronghold of Kilinochchi.

(Defence Net)

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Despite fierce resistance, the LTTE’s last bastion in the Northwestern coast at Nachchikudah may fall in the coming days. LTTE took steps to reinforce Nachchikudah with fighters from the Jaffna FDL. They have also dug a large trench from Nachchikudah to the interior of Karachchi situated in Kilinochchi District (to the northeast).

The trench war is seen primarily in Mannar and the Northern FDL where tank and Mechanized Infantry Units are lurking. However, it should be a matter of time before the trench is infiltrated by 58 troops specially trained for the task.

Special Forces and 3 Commando Regiment troops have started ambushing reinforcements from Kilinochchi to Nachchikuda, Tunukkai and Mallavi. The route from Kilinochchi to Nachchikuda/Uylankulam, Tunukkai and Mallavi is being infiltrated by Special Forces and 3 Commando elite teams on a regular basis. This is in addition to regular troop operations.

The Special Forces, deployed as an Independent reserve operating primarily from Vavuniya, last week ambushed a convoy of Tigers who were riding a captured Army Buffel southeast of the town of Akkarayan at Akkarayankulam in Kilinochchi near the Mulaitivu-Kilinochchi border. In the same area, troops from 3 Commando ambushed another convoy of Tigers. Casualties to LTTE is unknown.

Fighting continues at Uylankulam as 4 Gemunu Watch troops surround Tunukkai from the rear and hold LTTE reinforcements from Kilinochchi at bay. The sheer number of fronts the SLA has opened up from Northwest of Tunukkai to Mallavi, Uylankulam and Nachchikuda is thinning out Tiger manpower as they fight to fend off the SLA from Kilinochchi Town, just 13kms away. Special Forces and 3 Commando troops are within striking distance of Kilinochchi Town already.

(Defence Wire)

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