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 Post subject: OPERATION JAYASIKURU 1997 - 1999
 Post Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 12:50 am 
OPERATION JAYASIKURU (Victory Assured ) 1997 - 1999

Operation Jayasikurui was the longest, costliest and the most disastrous operation in Sri Lanka's military history.

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After a few limited operations in the North and East, the Sri Lanka Army launched its longest and largest operation code named "Operation Jayasikurui" on 13 May 1997. The aim of the operation was to regain the LTTE-held Wanni and Mullaitivu areas and subsequently to open a land route through Wanni and Kilinochchi districts to link up with the Jaffna Peninsula. The Operation was conducted in four stages. During the inception of the operation, it was commanded by the Overall Operations Commander Major General A K Jayawardane and in the latter part was commanded by Major General C S Weerasooriya. The Sri Lankan Army's most elite Divisions and Brigades were involved in this operation throughout and turned the pages of Sri Lanka Army history by launching divisions in multi-directional, wider frontages and gaining territory from the enemy, causing heavy damage and casualties to LTTE. The Army were able to capture the strategic towns which were the strongholds of the LTTE such as Omanthai, Kanagarayankulam and Mankulam. Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Air Force, too, were involved in the Operation over and above their organic tasks by deploying troops in a ground role to man the Forward Defence Lines (FDLs). During the Operation, ground troops monitored terrorist radio transmissions and other intelligence sources confirmed that 3614 terrorists were killed in action and (KIA) 1899 wounded in action (WIA). The Army’s 53 division consists of a Commando Brigade, a Special Forces Brigade and an Air not allowed Brigade that took the brunt of most of the confrontations along with 54, 55, 56 and 21 Divisions. Though the Operation was terminated in 1999 without completion of its prime aim, was able to force the LTTE and to restrict their freedom of action only to Mullativu area. The Army concentrated on capturing LTTE bases in Mulathivu and in Pudukudirippu, thereafter.

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