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LTTE commemorates Black Tigers

There is a general agreement amongst observers of the Eelam war that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam took the initiative of the offensive for the greater part of the secessionist war.

The Operation Liberation dubbed Vadamarachchi Operation conducted by Lt Gen Denzil Kobbekaduwa in 1987, Operation Riviresa in 1995 and later Operation Ranagosa had been a few exceptions. Though there were other military operations, Operation Sath Jaya, which captured Kilinochchi and Operation Jayasikuru, for instance, the momentum achieved by the military in those operations was short-lived. The LTTE launched a coordinated counter-attack, the second wave of unceasing waves, thereby reversing military advance. The military pull- back in the face of Unceasing waves was later called the “Wanni debacle” in military parlance.

Chinese philosopher, Sun Tzu said in the world’s oldest military treaties, the Art of War: “If he (enemy) is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them.”
“Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.”

Military strategy

That has been very much true as far as the military strategy of the LTTE is concerned through out the Eelam war. Yet, the recent developments in the battle front since the break up of the undeclared fourth Eelam war indicates a tilt towards the security forces. The security forces are increasingly dominating the battle front as five offensive Divisions are pushing into the Tiger hinterland on five fronts, forcing the LTTE to defend it on multiple fronts.

By the end of last week, the 57 Division was operating 25 km deep inside the Tiger hinterland ahead of the security forces defence lines in Vavuniya.
Some units of this division were positioned 6 km from Thunukkai, one of the two main population centres on the west of the Alpha 9 road, the other being Mallavi, the former administrative headquarters of the LTTE during the height of the third Eelam war.According to intelligence reports civilians have vacated Thunukkai. These reports could not be verified due to the absence of alternative sources.

The 571 Brigade of this Division is advancing northwards parallel to the North Western Coast. The 572 Brigade is forging ahead in the middle. The 573 Brigade has positioned itself as the eastern flank of the military thrust.
On Friday, troops of this Division captured Naddankandal town located 16 km North East of Periyamadu. On the previous day, troops of Task Force 2 captured Navy, a remote village located 15 km northwest of Omanthai.

The military thrust of the 57 Division is to capture a supply route linking the LTTE forward defence line in Omanthai with Thunukkai.

This B grade road is believed to be the main supply route for the Tiger formations deployed in the Wanni forward defence lines.

The LTTE’s dependence on the A 9 road as a supply route is subjected to constraints due to its high visibility for air attacks. The regular civilian traffic on the A 9 road also hinders its use as a main supply route. This underscores the LTTE’s reliance on this B route which in fact is the life line of its cadres deployed in the forward defence line.

In the Mannar front, the 58 Division is positioned about 3 km from the Sea Tiger camp in Vedithalthivu.

The newly formed Task Force 2 is operating ahead of Mundimurippu. This Division is advancing North Eastward from Mundimurippu. It will also defend the eastern flank of the 57 Division.

In the Weli Oya front, troops of the 59 Division are operating ahead of the original security forces forward defence lines in Janakapura.
The 591 Brigade of this division is pushing towards Thandimuruppu kulam tank. It is believed that the loss of this tank would cut off the water supply to the LTTE, which, would then be compelled to rely on a few isolated deep wells, which are not sufficient to meet the requirement of a large contingent of Tiger cadres.

Another brigade of this division, the 593 Brigade is advancing parallel to the coastal road. There are reports that this area is heavily fortified and that troops are expected to come across a fierce resistance from the defending Tiger cadres.

Last week, we reported of a daring raid carried out by three small teams of the Bravo Company of the second commando Regiment against a fortified Tiger bunker line in the southern perimeters of the Vedithalthivu Sea Tiger camp

The three four-man teams were led by Sergeant Asitha Kumara, Cpl Vanasinghe and Lance Cpl Indika Kumara.

Sergeant Asitha Kumara and Cpl Vanasinghe were killed in action and the commandos were compelled to leave the body of Sergeant Asitha inside the trench when they pulled back after decimating nine bunkers of the LTTE. His body was later handed over to the Army through the ICRC. Sergeant Asitha Perera and his colleague Cpl Vanasinghe have posthumously been promoted to the rank of Sergeant Major and Sergeant respectively.
Lance Cpl Indika Kumara was promoted to the rank of Corporal and recommended for the Weera Vickrema Vibushana gallantry award.

Deployment

Cpl Ariyaratne, who was also killed in the battle after his team was sent for the assistance of the besieged commandos, was also promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Meanwhile, another intake of 203 Army commandos passed out from the Kuda Oya Commando Training School last week.

The deployment of a large number of commandos to provide security for VIPs has resulted in a drain in the elite troops who could otherwise be deployed in the operational duties.

The latest infusion of Commandos would expect to offset these losses.
Meanwhile, a Fourth Battalion is expected to be added to the Special Force. With this new addition, Special Forces would be in a position to function as reinforcement troops on the entire Wanni front. Meanwhile, the LTTE last week commemorated the feared Black Tigers in a series of ceremonies held in the Wanni.

Pictures appeared in the LTTE peace secretariat website depicted Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, accompanied by a group of black Tigers paying homage to the slain Black Tigers in a ceremony held in an undisclosed location.

The first Black Tiger Captain Miller drove an explosive laden truck to the Sri Lankan troops garrisoned at Nelliyadi Central College in Vadamarachchi on July 5, 1987.

Since then, the LTTE has used 356 suicide cadres against the Sri Lankan troops, 254 of them are Black Sea Tigers, according to the information provided by the LTTE itself. Meanwhile, All eyes were on the Wanni front, when a Tiger hit squad ambushed a passenger bus in the deep down south on Friday.

Four passengers were killed and twenty five others were wounded when LTTE cadres opened fire at the passenger bus near Gage on the Buttala-Kataragama road. Passengers said a team of four men shot at the bus as it reached 49th mile post. The bus driver sped through the ambush and drove the vehicle till he reached safety. Two women and one child were among the victims. Another succumbed to injuries after admission to hospital. The latest attack which took place after a lull of several months is indicative that the Tiger cadres who infiltrate the deep down south are still active in the jungles of Yala. Any further attacks in the deep down south by the LTTE would upset the government which is riding high on a popular support for its war effort.

That is exactly the objective of the LTTE, when it dispatches a small group to a remote southern hamlet, which has no strategic importance, other than being part of the President’s pocket borough.

(Lakbima News)

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LTTE commemorates Black Tigers

There is a general agreement amongst observers of the Eelam war that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam took the initiative of the offensive for the greater part of the secessionist war.

The Operation Liberation dubbed Vadamarachchi Operation conducted by Lt Gen Denzil Kobbekaduwa in 1987, Operation Riviresa in 1995 and later Operation Ranagosa had been a few exceptions. Though there were other military operations, Operation Sath Jaya, which captured Kilinochchi and Operation Jayasikuru, for instance, the momentum achieved by the military in those operations was short-lived. The LTTE launched a coordinated counter-attack, the second wave of unceasing waves, thereby reversing military advance. The military pull- back in the face of Unceasing waves was later called the “Wanni debacle” in military parlance.

Chinese philosopher, Sun Tzu said in the world’s oldest military treaties, the Art of War: “If he (enemy) is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them.”
“Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.”

Military strategy

That has been very much true as far as the military strategy of the LTTE is concerned through out the Eelam war. Yet, the recent developments in the battle front since the break up of the undeclared fourth Eelam war indicates a tilt towards the security forces. The security forces are increasingly dominating the battle front as five offensive Divisions are pushing into the Tiger hinterland on five fronts, forcing the LTTE to defend it on multiple fronts.

By the end of last week, the 57 Division was operating 25 km deep inside the Tiger hinterland ahead of the security forces defence lines in Vavuniya.
Some units of this division were positioned 6 km from Thunukkai, one of the two main population centres on the west of the Alpha 9 road, the other being Mallavi, the former administrative headquarters of the LTTE during the height of the third Eelam war.According to intelligence reports civilians have vacated Thunukkai. These reports could not be verified due to the absence of alternative sources.

The 571 Brigade of this Division is advancing northwards parallel to the North Western Coast. The 572 Brigade is forging ahead in the middle. The 573 Brigade has positioned itself as the eastern flank of the military thrust.
On Friday, troops of this Division captured Naddankandal town located 16 km North East of Periyamadu. On the previous day, troops of Task Force 2 captured Navy, a remote village located 15 km northwest of Omanthai.

The military thrust of the 57 Division is to capture a supply route linking the LTTE forward defence line in Omanthai with Thunukkai.

This B grade road is believed to be the main supply route for the Tiger formations deployed in the Wanni forward defence lines.

The LTTE’s dependence on the A 9 road as a supply route is subjected to constraints due to its high visibility for air attacks. The regular civilian traffic on the A 9 road also hinders its use as a main supply route. This underscores the LTTE’s reliance on this B route which in fact is the life line of its cadres deployed in the forward defence line.

In the Mannar front, the 58 Division is positioned about 3 km from the Sea Tiger camp in Vedithalthivu.

The newly formed Task Force 2 is operating ahead of Mundimurippu. This Division is advancing North Eastward from Mundimurippu. It will also defend the eastern flank of the 57 Division.

In the Weli Oya front, troops of the 59 Division are operating ahead of the original security forces forward defence lines in Janakapura.
The 591 Brigade of this division is pushing towards Thandimuruppu kulam tank. It is believed that the loss of this tank would cut off the water supply to the LTTE, which, would then be compelled to rely on a few isolated deep wells, which are not sufficient to meet the requirement of a large contingent of Tiger cadres.

Another brigade of this division, the 593 Brigade is advancing parallel to the coastal road. There are reports that this area is heavily fortified and that troops are expected to come across a fierce resistance from the defending Tiger cadres.

Last week, we reported of a daring raid carried out by three small teams of the Bravo Company of the second commando Regiment against a fortified Tiger bunker line in the southern perimeters of the Vedithalthivu Sea Tiger camp

The three four-man teams were led by Sergeant Asitha Kumara, Cpl Vanasinghe and Lance Cpl Indika Kumara.

Sergeant Asitha Kumara and Cpl Vanasinghe were killed in action and the commandos were compelled to leave the body of Sergeant Asitha inside the trench when they pulled back after decimating nine bunkers of the LTTE. His body was later handed over to the Army through the ICRC. Sergeant Asitha Perera and his colleague Cpl Vanasinghe have posthumously been promoted to the rank of Sergeant Major and Sergeant respectively.
Lance Cpl Indika Kumara was promoted to the rank of Corporal and recommended for the Weera Vickrema Vibushana gallantry award.

Deployment

Cpl Ariyaratne, who was also killed in the battle after his team was sent for the assistance of the besieged commandos, was also promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Meanwhile, another intake of 203 Army commandos passed out from the Kuda Oya Commando Training School last week.

The deployment of a large number of commandos to provide security for VIPs has resulted in a drain in the elite troops who could otherwise be deployed in the operational duties.

The latest infusion of Commandos would expect to offset these losses.
Meanwhile, a Fourth Battalion is expected to be added to the Special Force. With this new addition, Special Forces would be in a position to function as reinforcement troops on the entire Wanni front. Meanwhile, the LTTE last week commemorated the feared Black Tigers in a series of ceremonies held in the Wanni.

Pictures appeared in the LTTE peace secretariat website depicted Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, accompanied by a group of black Tigers paying homage to the slain Black Tigers in a ceremony held in an undisclosed location.

The first Black Tiger Captain Miller drove an explosive laden truck to the Sri Lankan troops garrisoned at Nelliyadi Central College in Vadamarachchi on July 5, 1987.

Since then, the LTTE has used 356 suicide cadres against the Sri Lankan troops, 254 of them are Black Sea Tigers, according to the information provided by the LTTE itself. Meanwhile, All eyes were on the Wanni front, when a Tiger hit squad ambushed a passenger bus in the deep down south on Friday.

Four passengers were killed and twenty five others were wounded when LTTE cadres opened fire at the passenger bus near Gage on the Buttala-Kataragama road. Passengers said a team of four men shot at the bus as it reached 49th mile post. The bus driver sped through the ambush and drove the vehicle till he reached safety. Two women and one child were among the victims. Another succumbed to injuries after admission to hospital. The latest attack which took place after a lull of several months is indicative that the Tiger cadres who infiltrate the deep down south are still active in the jungles of Yala. Any further attacks in the deep down south by the LTTE would upset the government which is riding high on a popular support for its war effort.

That is exactly the objective of the LTTE, when it dispatches a small group to a remote southern hamlet, which has no strategic importance, other than being part of the President’s pocket borough.

(Lakbima News)

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