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 Post subject: Eelam War IV - Northern Theater - Progress Report - Part 4
 Post Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:34 am 
Eelam War IV - Northern Theater - Progress Report - Part 4

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Troops march to final victory
58 Division capture total control over Manniyankulama area
Tigers trapped in Nachchikuda are apparently withdrawing

On 16th of October 2008, troops of the 58 Division seized total control over Manniyankulama area considered a LTTE strongpoint, 13.5 Northeast of Nachchikuda. The Mannikulam village which is a five way junction four Kilometres north of Karambakulam area, is a vital LTTE location from which the LTTE could control many areas in the Western flank of Kilinochchi. The five roads leading from Mannikulam connect to the A-32 road 11th and 12th mile posts and to the Pooneryn - Paranthan road from the North and to the Akkarayankulam road from the South. Troops have so far recovered six LTTE dead bodies including three decomposed ones from the area.

Friday, 17 October 2008
@ MOD / Agencies

The fall of Kilinochchi is imminent; however, as recent developments indicate the LTTE is not prepared to let the troops to claim victory unscathed.

The troops operating in the South of Kilinochchi are preparing for the final stage of the battle as they are moving slowly towards a built-up area in the Kilinochchi town after passing jungle terrain. Huge earth bunds of LTTE are falling to the Security Forces one by one in all three major battlefronts in the Wanni.

According to military reports, troops are at the peak of their morale as they brave the adverse weather conditions and stiff resistance from the LTTE while observing the sucesses of their months-long effort to weaken the LTTE to their lowest ebb.

In the mean time, South Indian politicians are pressurizing the Indian Government to urge Sri Lanka to stop the military thrust on the LTTE in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu, at a time certain defeat is looming for the LTTE.
The LTTE is confronting a situation similar to the Vadamarachchi operation in 1987 in which the LTTE was about to crushed by the Security Forces on all fronts. The Indian intervention in the North East conflict in 1987 came amidst such a situation.


On the other hand, Russia extended their fullest cooperation to the Government’s effort to eradicate terrorism when a Sri Lankan defence delegation lead by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa visited Russia last week. The Sri Lankan Defence delegation met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Deputy Defence Minister General Nikolai Makarou and the Russian Intelligence Chief during the visit. The discussions had focused on sharing military intelligence and military training and the implementation of existing defence cooperation agreements.

The 58 Division (Task Force -I) under the command of Brigadier Shavendra Silva have captured the huge Earth bund of LTTE from Pandiveddikulam to Vannerikulam.

More than 10 of their earth bunds so far have been captured by the 58 Division during their operations in the Mannar Rice Bowl area and in Viddathalthivu, Iluppakadavai, Vellankulam and Mulangavil. Trench defence has been the strategy of the LTTE against the advancing security forces during the past few months. Initially, Tigers built the first major trench in Viduthalthivu, within the Mannar Rice Bowl itself to defend the sea Tiger base located there.

Following the break of the earth bund from the Karambakulam area a few weeks back the troops attached to the 583 Brigade under the command of Colonel Suraj Banshajaya have now advanced nearly four and half Kilometres northwards from the massive earth bund in Karmabkulam.

The 58 Division captured 5.5 Kilometres of the Nachchikuda Akkarayankulam Kokavil road from Pandiveddikulam to Vannerikulam. It was from that stretch the troops attached to the 583 Brigade had advanced northwards. With the capture of this relatively high ground connecting Pandiveddikulam to Vannerikulam troops are now in control of tactically important locations to control Tiger movements in Kilinochchi West.


On 16th of October 2008, troops of the 58 Division seized total control over Manniyankulama area considered a LTTE strongpoint, 13.5 Northeast of Nachchikuda. The Mannikulam village which is a five way junction four Kilometres north of Karambakulam area, is a vital LTTE location from which the LTTE could control many areas in the Western flank of Kilinochchi. The five roads leading from Mannikulam connect to the A-32 road 11th and 12th mile posts and to the Pooneryn - Paranthan road from the North and to the Akkarayankulam road from the South. Troops have so far recovered six LTTE dead bodies including three decomposed ones from the area.

The LTTE is making desperate attempts to defend this territory by inducting their well trained cadres into the front. Two vehicles bringing Imran Pandyan cadres were targeted by the troops operating in the Mannikulam area last Saturday on two occasions killing 18 cadres. The LTTE had moved in without knowing that troops have moved into the area.

Apart from this the troops have also advanced towards Jayapuram village located west of Pandiveddikulam reaching close to the A-32 road from the north of Nachchikuda. Troops attached to the 58 Division are poised to cut off the A-32 Mannar Pooneryn road from north of Nachchikuda to isolate the Nachchikuda Sea Tiger base.

With these developments the Tigers now entrapped in Nachchikuda are apparently withdrawing removing all their positions. Intelligence reports indicate a hive of activities in the Nachchikuda area within the past few days.


The 574 and 573 Brigades under the command of Lt. Colonel Senaka Wijesuriya and Lt. Colonel Prathap Thillekeratne are overlooking the LTTE movements on the A-9 road. They have been able to control LTTE movements along the A-9 road as they have taken the stretch of A-9 road from Mankulam to Murikandi. The troops have attacked eight Tiger Tractors moving along this stretch of A-9 road in the last week alone.

Battle lines have been drawn up to the city limits of Kilinochchi. Once a bustling town, Kilinochchi has been deserted and civilians are fleeing to Pudikudirippu, Mulliyaveli and Darmapuram deep inside Tiger territory. The Government Agent of Kilinochchi relocated his offices to Darmapuram. Last week, the Kilinochchi hospital was shifted from the town, yet, the Intensive Care Unit, Surgery Unit and Maternity Ward continued to function in the old buildings as the fighting raged in close proximity. Some units of the army’s 572 Brigade which was under the command of Colonel Senerath Bandaraare operating within 1 1/2 km within the city limits. The 572 Brigade has now been taken over by Lt. Colonel Dhammika Jayasundera as Colonel Senerath Bandara is due to visit India for a Senior Command course for a brief period after a hectic task undertaken by him in the 572 Brigade for the past one and half years.

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In the mean time, according to reports from military intelligence sources, the deputy leader of the sea Tigers, Chelian was killed in a claymore mine explosion carried out by the LRRP commandos in Chalai, Mullaitivu, last week. Chelian commanded the sea Tigers in the absence of Soosai, who himself narrowly survived in a mysterious explosion in Chalai. Soosai’s son was killed in that explosion. According to military intelligence sources, who have been monitoring the developments following the explosions, Chelian and two others had been killed in the blast.
Earlier, a senior leader of LTTE’s Ratha Regiment identified as Lt Colonel Ilamparithi was killed in a LRRP mission carried out by the Army Special Forces. Ilamparithi is believed to be a leader of a Reconnaissance team of the LTTE which had been assigned to carry out deep penetration attacks on the rear defences of the forces operating the Weli Oya front.


Read also:
:roll: Army at the doorstep of Kilinochchi
:roll: Military Operations North - Continous Update - Part III

 Post subject: Weather and India slowdown the security forces advance
 Post Posted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 4:05 pm 
Weather and India slow-down the security forces advance

Heavy rain in Killinochchi, Mullaithivu, and Vavuniya battle fronts throughout last week and political pressure from India contributed to a slowdown in the pace of the security forces advance. Sri Lanka air force has not carried out any bombing runs on LTTE targets during the past 8 days.


Sunday, October 26, 2008
@ LL / Source: LBN/SO/MOD

Troops from the 57th and 58th Divisions engaged the LTTE on a few key operations during the past week.

One operation was to destroy and capture the LTTE bunker line built on top of their 20 KM main earth bund towards the west of Akkarayankulam tank. The 58th division had already captured some 15 kilometres of this earth bund in Nachchikuda, Vannerikulum and through Akkarayankulam west. There was a distance of 5 kilometres left between the 57th and 58th divisions with LTTE.

The 57th division’s 571st brigade under Colonel G V Ravippriya and the 572nd brigade under Lieutenant Colonel Dhammika Jayasundara launched an operation on the morning of Saturday the 18th, to destroy this bund.

Fierce battles raged on amidst pouring rain. On the LTTE side, Bhanu commanded the Tiger units in a desperate attempt to defend the earth bund. The LTTE once again used CS gas against the troops during this battle. But, the troops were able to breach the LTTE earth bund with the assistance of artillery and mortar fire.

Many soldiers suffered injuries after being caught in booby traps and Johnny mines. Though they abandoned the bunker line, the LTTE launched a number of human wave attacks throughout Sunday and Monday. During these battles, troops from the 4th Singha regiment and 8th infantry regiment came in for some severe gas attacks. Twenty four soldiers from the 17th Gajaba regiment who are fighting with the 4th Singha regiment and 29 soldiers from the 8th infantry regiment suffered breathing problems due to these gas attacks. Sources from the Wanni say that 10 of them were admitted to Vavuniya hospital for treatment.


The 57th and 58th divisions were able to link their forward defence lines as a result of this operation. Around 100 LTTE cadres were killed and the two divisions lost around 42 soldiers, while around 150 were wounded.

Troops of 6th Gamunu Watch and 12th Gamunu Watch liberated the Anawelluththan village on the 23rd. By the 25th, the 58th division seized control of a 6 square kilometre area including the Kunchikulam (tank) and junction, and also Parayankulam (tank).

Currently, the military controls a 20 kilometre stretch west of the Akkarayankulam tank, including the first earth bund the LTTE constructed to defend Kilinochchi. The 57th division has already taken advantage of this position and has advanced some 500 metres beyond the Akkarayankulam earth bund. As the 58th division is advancing parallel to the A-32 Mannar-Pooneryn road, there is no doubt that the LTTE’s next main goal is to prevent the army from advancing up to Pooneryn junction.

The biggest challenge facing the LTTE is to protect not just Killinochchi, but Pooneryn as well. The 58th division is now poised some 10 kilometres from Pooneryn. Security sources say that small groups of commandos are operating in areas ahead of the main column.


The 59th division captured a further 3 kilometres of the Tiger earth bund in Anandakulam in fighting which took place during the last 3 days. The LTTE lost some 20 bunkers during these confrontations. The 59th division is now in control of around 5 kilometres of the Anandakulam earth bund.

The 223rd brigade, under Colonel Rasika Fernando, and under the overall command of Welioya area commander Brigadier Mohan Jayawardana, liberated the village of Gajabhapura on the 23rd. This village had fallen into LTTE hands in 1999. If troops operate beyond Gajabhapura, then they can threaten LTTE strongholds in Neddunkanni.

While Tamil Nadu was raising its voice on behalf of the Tamil people, the LTTE launched a failed suicide attack against two merchant vessels; Ruhuna and Nimalawa, which were anchored off the Myladi and Kankesanthurai harbours. A navy Dovra and an Inshore Patrol Craft (IPC) detected the Sea Tiger suicide craft and fired on them. One Tiger suicide craft exploded close to the Nimalawa after being fired upon by the navy. The ship’s hull sustained damage in the explosion. But, navy sources in the North say that the Ruhuna sustained only minor damage in the attack. Two Sea Tiger suicide craft were destroyed by the navy, while another was captured. Tamilnet published the names of two suicide cadres as a Black Tiger by the name of Kavidhavali, alias Illakkiya, who was also the second in command of the female unit of the Sea Tigers, and Kuberan, a member of the commando unit of the Sea Tigers. The LTTE promoted the two LTTE cadres to the rank of “Lieutenant Colonel”. Illakkiya’s funeral was held in Vishwamadu in Mullaithiu on the 25th. Kuberan’s funeral was also held the same way in Kandaweli, Mullaithiu with the participation of an area leader by the name of Silalan.


 Post subject: Troops capture Nachchikuda
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:51 am 
Troops capture Nachchikuda
Task Force 3 enters battle

Last Saturday, around noon, an Army sniper felled the Tiger leader commanding their FDLs in Muhamalai. ‘Lt. Col’ Thinthilan (Padmarajan Malanraj), killed by the sniper, had been in command of the area for less than six months. The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) destroyed Four LTTE Boats Killing Eighteen including Seven LTTE Suicide Cadres off Nagar Kovil around 5.45 a.m. on 1st of November. Task Force 1, engaged in the offensive captured a two-km LTTE trench line and 15 dead bodies of LTTE cadres in Paddaruyalvillu.


Sunday, 2 November 2008

In the night of October 28, LTTE aircraft droped bombs targeting the Mannar Area headquarters in Talladi and Kelanitissa Power Station in Colombo. The light aircraft has been first detected by the radars installed in Vavuniya at 10.18 p.m. However, it has not yet been confirmed whether it was the same light aircraft which had dropped bombs on the Talladi camp and Kelanitissa Power Station as there are conflicting reports about the number of aircraft engaged in these air raids. It was on Tuesday around 10.35 p.m. one Tiger aircraft dropped three bombs into Sri Lanka Army Headquarters in Thalladi causing minor damages to the camp site and injuring three soldiers.

Few minutes after the Mannar air raid, the electricity was disconnected in Colombo as the radars in Palavi detected a light aircraft heading towards Colombo. By this time Kfir fighter jets and F-7 interceptors were airborne from Katunayake and Colombo was ready with anti air craft guns.

From its first detection, the aircraft had disappeared from the radar screen from time to time as it was flying just 300 feet altitude. However, it had come towards Colombo from the sea side and entered into land area from the edge of the Colombo Harbour.The powerful cameras installed at the Colombo Harbour had videoed the clear movements of the Tiger aircraft which was flying at low altitude.

The aircraft, turned towards the Kelanitissa Power station and dropped two bombs into the power station. The aircraft took its return path from the land side to a certain extent and stuck to the sea route and had returned to uncleared areas from the North of Mannar.


The F-7 interceptors could not take the target due to technical reasons. According to experts, the LTTE aircraft had arrived towards Colombo covering its engines with armour plates so that the heat is not released outside the engine avoiding the seeking missile system on the F-7 interceptors to lock the target to release the heat seeking missile to destroy the target.

It is also believed that it was due to these heavy armour plates that the Tiger aircraft had taken more than one hour to reach Colombo and taken a similar period to return to either Iranamadu or Mullaitivu after dropping two bombs onto Kelanitissa Power Station. The air attack created more psychological effect than military or economic damage. (Read More)

Last week, Task Force one, marching along the A 32 Mannar-Paranthan highway and just east of it had brought two more towns under their control including the strategic Nachchikudah, west of the road. After months long war of attrition waged by the military on one of the major LTTE defence lines covering the boundaries of the Kilinochchi District, troops were able to completely capture the ditch not allowed earth bund from Nachchikuda in the Western edge to Akkarayankulam in the East.

On October 29 morning troops had reached Jeyapuram, located north east of Nachchikudha on the A32. Later the same day the Army said that Nachchikudha had been brought under government rule by evening. The coastal town with its fishing base had been an important Sea Tiger base and was the last important town before the Devil's Point area, that juts out to the Indian Ocean.


The town is located about 1.5 km from the A32 and more importantly is linked straight to the highway by a byroad. It is also 13 km. from Pooneryn. The Army also said that troops had gained control of a trench line used by the Tigers as forward defence line.

In between gaining of Nachchikudha and Jeyapuram, troops from the 57th Division had taken control of the northern bund of the Akkarayankulam tank. A deep trench had been dug between the Vannerikulam and the Akkrayankulam tanks and heavy clashes had erupted along the axis on at least two occasions.

Though it was initially observed as yet another earth bund, the follow up observations confirmed that it was extending upto Akkarayankulam tank bund. This massive defence line had been constructed using the heavy earth moving equipment and linking the tank bunds available in the area such as Pandiveddikulam, Vannerikulam and Akkarayankulam.

A number of attempts made by the Task Force -I troops and the 571 Brigade troops in mid September ended with a high number of casualties and deaths among the troops as LTTE strongly defended this earth bund bringing reinforcements even from the Muhamalai front.


LTTE's plans to defend the massive fishing village Nachchikuda became futile with the capture of Jeyapuram village by the Task Force I in a surprise move on Wednesday. As columns of troops attached to 10 Gajaba Regiment captured Jeyapuram village, the troops attached to the 581 Brigade under the command of Lt. Colonel Deshapriya Gunawardena overan the Nachchikuda defence from the South. Troops attached to 12 Gajaba Regiment, 5 Signal Corps and 11 Artillery Regiment moved into Nachchikuda village by Wednesday (October 30) evening. They completely captured Nachchikuda by Thursday evening.

With the fall of Nachchikudah and Jayapuram, some units of the 58 Division is now only about 10 kilometres from Pooneryn, the last major Tiger held position in the northwest, and with its fall, the capture of the A-32 coastal highway would be complete, opening a direct and unopposed link to the peninsula. Incidentally, Jayapuram is said to be the second biggest town in Kilinochchi. The 12th Gajaba and 5th Signal Corps captured Nachichikudah, which the LTTE held onto for months, despite being surrounded at least on three sides. The 10th Gajaba retook Jayapuram.

With the fall of the Akkarayankulam Tank Bund, the western flank of the Kilinochchi town is now open to the troops. Tigers have lost many cadres in attempting to oust soldiers who overran many of their positions on this line, by sending waves of attackers to dislodge them.

It was the 3rd Gajaba Regiment, under the command of Maj. Sanjaya Fernando, that finally captured the Akkarayankulam Tank Bund on Wednesday. Tigers held off attacking troops for months at this point, before finally capitulating that day. On the previous day, 9th Gajaba Regiment, led by Lt. Col. Sisira Bandara, overran the final defence line of the Tigers covering Kilinochchi town from Akkarayankulam-Murukandy stretch. The final push to overrun this stretch, that began at 5:45 am, was completed within 45 minutes.

The LTTE, in vain, sent four waves of attacks to dislodge 9th Gajaba troops from the area, to no avail. Later, intercepted Tiger communications revealed that, they had lost more than 40 cadres in this single battle. Seven soldiers too, lost their lives. The following morning, the LTTE made another abortive attempt to regain this ground, at a cost of 26 more cadres.


In the mean time, Last Saturday, around noon, an Army sniper felled the Tiger leader commanding their FDLs in Muhamalai. ‘Lt. Col’ Thinthilan (Padmarajan Malanraj), killed by the sniper, had been in command of the area for less than six months.

The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) destroyed Four LTTE Boats Killing Eighteen including Seven LTTE Suicide Cadres off Nagar Kovil around 5.45 a.m. on 1st of November. According to the radio intercepted reports, senior Sea Tiger leader 'Lt. Colonel' Kannan, who commanded this sea battle was killed in the attack. It is now confirmed 4 more senior LTTE sea tiger cadres including Paduman master, Pulikutti, Seran and Kalai-madhi were also among the dead. Bodies of four (04) LTTE sea tiger cadres killed have been recovered by SLN in a subsequent search operation. (Read More)

Separately, Task Force 1, engaged in the offensive march west of the Kilinochchi front, captured a two-km LTTE trench line in the general area Paddaruyalvillu, six km northeast of Madam, on Saturday (1st of November) morning. Fighting went on for hours and the LTTE suffered heavy damage. In a search operation conducted in the area following the confrontation, troops found bodies of 15 LTTE cadres, the military said. Ten females were among the killed. Intelligence reports have confirmed that all female cadres killed in confrontations belonged to the LTTE’s Malathi group.

The military has launched its fifth offensive division into the Wanni front-the Task Force 3. The division is expected to be renamed as the 63 Division. The new division is assigned with two brigades - 631 and 632 brigades. Brig. Sathyapriya Liyanage was appointed this week to command the new Task Force 3. Lt. Col. Priyantha Perera is in command of 63-1 Brigade. Till now, he has led the 7th Gemunu Regiment, which is part of the 59 Division advancing towards Mulaithivu from Weli Oya. 63-2 Brigade is commanded by Lt. Col. Subashana Welikala, who, till now, led the 4th Sinha Regiment, that had been facing the brunt of the fighting in the drive to Kilinochchi, with the 57 Division. The new Task Force 3 too, is expected to go into action in the Kilinochchi District, supplementing 58 and 57 Divisions already there.

 Post subject:
 Post Posted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:50 am 
Next Stop Pooneryn
Task Force III begins offensive ops


@ LL/Sunday agencies / Sunday, 9 November 2008

Advances along three fronts towards Pooneryn, Kilinochchi and Mullathivu areas along Wanni’s western, central and eastern battlefronts have gained momentum and the LTTE has suffered heavy casualties, Defence Ministry statement said.

Task Force 1 have reportedly liberated vast tracts from tigers along the western coast and now positioned within striking distance to Pooneryn, Sempankundu and Nallur LTTE fortifications it said. Meanwhile, 57th Division troops, now operating north of the recently-liberated Akkarayankulam, have advanced towards Kilinochchi, thwarting LTTE counter-attacks.

This week, small commando units operating along the A-32 and on its western side, continued their ambushes to interdict Tiger supply lines. In one attack staged in the Kiranchi area, on the right side of A-32, a tractor load of Tiger cadres were taken out, killing 10 of them. On the same day, in Madam area, six more were killed. Due to these unceasing ambushes, the LTTE later withdrew from Kiranchi village and Palavi area.

Troops of 11th Light Infantry, led by Lt. Col. Kithsiri Ekanayake, on Tuesday broke through a Tiger defence line constructed at Palliyalkulam. They recovered bodies of two Tigers along with five assault rifles, three communication sets and a tractor load of food items. Lt. Kasun Ranchagoda of Charlie Company led the assault. Capt. Lalantha Kollure leading Delta Company of the same regiment last Saturday destroyed three bunkers situated West of Palliyalkulam. Here they recovered the bodies of 11 Tiger cadres, along with their weapons and a communication set. Three eight-member teams undertook this successful operation.

By the end of last week, Task Force 1 was seven km from the Pooneryn lagoon. Another unit of Task Force 1 has positioned themselves five km from the Pooneryn- Paranthan road. The operational strategy is now obvious. The Task Force 1 (58 Division) aims to capture the Pooneryn - Paranthan road at Paranthan junction. This will enable the security forces to open an alternative land link from Vavuniya to Jaffna via the A 32- Mannar- Pooneryn- Sangupiddy road. Once Task force 1 captures Paranthan junction, the 57 Division is expected to move northwards to link up with Task Force 1. The opening of an alternative land link would ease the heavy dependence on sea transport for supplies and troop transport. It could also be viewed as a major political victory for the government and a tactical military victory for the security forces.

Pooneryn has been a killing field. A defence complex of Army and the Navy located in this area was attacked by LTTE on November 11, 1993.
As a result of the attack, the Nagathevanthurai naval base was overrun and all craft were destroyed or taken over by the LTTE. The Tigers captured several naval gunboats, heavy mortars and two tanks though one was later destroyed in an air attack. Also large quantities of other arms and ammunition. It was reported that 200 soldiers were captured by the Tigers and then executed. Another 241 soldiers, including 8 officers were killed in the fighting itself. 469 LTTE fighters were killed. Up to 200 soldiers remained missing. In the the final toll 12 officers and 629 soldiers, were killed or missing.

The Pooneryn defence complex was closed down in October 1994. Its closure was one of the LTTE demands placed before then President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga when she initiated peace talks. That dialogue collapsed after the guerrillas attacked the Trincomalee harbour, home for the Navy's eastern naval area headquarters.

Task Force 3 in action

the Army inducted its newest fighting unit, Task Force 3 against the Tigers in the Kilinochchi District last Monday. Task Force has taken up position in between 57 Division and Task force 2 in the general area west of A-9 between Kokavil and Mankulam.

On the first day itself, 7th Sinha Regiment, operating under 63-3 Brigade of this Task Force, killed six Tigers and also managed to recover two bodies along with their weapons from their bunkers. Later intercepts of Tiger communications revealed that, more than 20 other cadres had been injured in this first encounter. Then, on Thursday, it had much greater success in an operation conducted in Kokavil South. At the end of which, it recovered bodies of seven Tiger cadres, along with a General Purpose Machine Gun, five T-56 assault rifles and one T-81 rifle. In this encounter, it has been established that at least 20 Tigers were killed.

“Pooneryn’s fall will free the four fighting Divisions now deployed on the west of A-9, to take on the entire east of the A-9. Already, Tigers are without any strength south of Mankulam, with only five of their cadres remaining at Omanthai. Below Mankulam, they have already abandoned their positions in Puttur and Puliyankulam. We have bypassed Kilinochchi and advanced 10 kms. north on its left flank”, Gen. Fonseka said.

57 Division

The Army's 57 Division is now in full control of the one time farming village of Akkarayan. Troops have proceeded beyond a ditch not allowed bund the guerrillas have constructed and are advancing in the general area north of Akkarayankulam. Columns of troops attached to the 9 Gajaba Regiment under the command of Lt. Colonel Chandana Somaweera and 12 Sinha Regiment under the command of Lt. Colonel Indrajith Bandara entered this village and confronted groups of Tiger cadres operating inside this village.

The LTTE strongly held this village as it gave depth to defend Kilinochchi from the advancing troops. A fairly big village stretching more than seven square Kilometres, Akkarayankulam is located some six to seven Km South West of Kilinochchi. With the capture of this Akkarayankulam village troops are now in a strong position to launch a major assault on the LTTE now strongly holding their positions in Kilinochchi town.

Another column is fighting to breach guerrilla defences at Kokavil to reach the A-9 Kandy-Jaffna highway. Early this week additional troops moved into this area as well as locations south of it. An offensive element of the 57 Division operating close to Kilinochchi, Saturday (Nov 8) morning have sprung an ambush at an LTTE movement reportedly capturing a tractor , military sources said.

Sri Lanka Air Force MI-24 gunships on Friday launched a night assault at an LTTE gathering point at Palaitivu, a small islet 18 kms west of Pooneryn in Jaffna peninsula, the military said. According to Air Force Spokesperson Janaka Nanayakkara, the gunships targeted an LTTE reinforcement gathering in the islet causing heavy damages to the enemy. There was no immediate details of casualties.

According to Army Commander, the next move of the Army is to march from West to East in four major fronts. The four fronts will consisted of the 57 Division, 58 Division, Task Force II and the Task Force III. The target of the 58 Division is to reach upto Paranthan junction and line up with the 57 Division, Task Force II and Task Force III which was launched at the beginning of this week north of Mankulam under the Command of Satyapriya Liyanage.

Three Brigades under Task Force III is commanded by Lt. Colonel Priyantha Perera who was the Commanding officer of the 7 Gemunu Watch Battalion operating under 59 Division, Lt. Colonel Subashana Welikala who was the Commanding Officer of the 4 Sinha Regiment and Lt. Colonel Prathap Thillekeratne who earlier commanded the 573 Brigade.

Therefore, these four Divisions will form more than a 50 Km long ‘chain’ from North of Kilinochchi to South of Mankulam consisting of more than 30 battalions to take full control of the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts.

 Post subject: Troops capture Kiranchi and Palavi
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:31 pm 
Fierce battles rage, Troops capture Kiranchi and Palavi
Seven LTTE bodies handed over to ICRC, 10 more recovered
Heavy casualties to both sides in Chempankundu


Tuesday, 11 November 2008
@ MOD / LL /Agencies

Fierce battles raged near Kilinochchi, killing at least 11 tigers, as troops captured a key towns west of the rebel 'capital', Kiranchi and Palavi, the military said on Tuesday. According to military sources, 10 LTTE bodies were recovered today during separate search operations conducted.

Troops attached to the 58 Division yesterday took control of Kiranchi, one of the handful of Sea Tiger bases. “The LTTE had apparently used this Sea Tiger base after the fall of Vidathalthivu,” the official added.

Today, troops wrested an LTTE "strong point" -- the town of Palavi, the Defence Ministry said. Dominating Palavi is strategically vital as this will cut off the LTTE's main access route running parallel to the western coastal border from Veravil to Chempankundu, it said adding, troops are now consolidating defences in the area.

The security forces also advanced into the eastern part of Kilinochchi, overcoming stiff resistance from LTTE. Heavy fighting has been reported since yesterday morning in areas located west and east of the main road near Kilinochchi.

Intense fighting was reported between forward domination battalions of the Task Force-1 and LTTE, North of Chempankundu open terrain today. Unconfirmed reports indicated heavy casualties to both sides at Sempankundu area. Over 30 soldiers and 40 LTTE may have been killed in the battle.

Security forces handed over bodies of seven tigers killed in the latest fighting to the Red Cross officials in Vavuniya yesterday. Snipers deployed in forward defences in Palayilkulam have acquired their targets in four separate occasions during day-time yesterday, the army said.

Meanwhile troops of the 59 Division today captured the strategically important village of Kumulamunai situated in the general area northwest of Nayaru.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

4 LTTE female cadres captured by the army


A 28-year-old government school teacher was amongst the four LTTE female cadres captured by the army, officials said on wednesday. The Task Force-I battling in Vallayarkuttirukkumoddal, about 4 kms to the east of the 7th Mile Post on the A-32 Road, close to Palavi area, captured four LTTE female fighters including Nilaveli, an English teacher.

"Ms Nilavelli (28) was coaching students in grade 6-10 classes until she joined LTTEs 'Saiver' Regiment to stop conscription of her beloved teenage brother and sister to the LTTE," Army said. Graduated from the reputed Kopay College of Education, she has still been drawing her government salary from the Department of Education in Killinochchi as a trained English teacher, the military said. Two of the other three arrested female tigers have been identified as the 18-year-old Kilavedi and 19-year-old Thuruveli, the army said.

Security forces in Welioya front captured 21 LTTE bunkers during intense clashes in Andankulam and Kumulumunai areas yesterday.

The infantrymen of 12, 9 and 6 Gamunu Watch moved further Northwards across the large marshlands in the South of Pooneryn yesterday (Nov 11) and attacked LTTE positions causing heavy damages to the LTTE. Troops found 5 LTTE bodies along with 10 T-56 riffles after daylong clashes in Mulaikoduttavil and Pallai areas. Troops of 572 brigade confronted with LTTE in the Thirumurukandi area on Tuesday (Nov 11) and found 4 bodies along with 4 T-56 riffles and one radio communication set.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Army captures Devil’s Point, Vallaipadu
"Lieutenant Colonel Kali Arasan" killed
14 more LTTE bodies transfered, 3 More Dead Tigers Found as Troops Push Further Deep


The army completely captured the Devil’s Point and Vallaipadu which were under the LTTE for over 20 years, yesterday, the military announced. Task Force 1 was making a rapid progress in the Western Kilinochchi battlefront in terms of both ground gains and attrition caused to enemy, revealed the battlefield sources. Fighting had also intensified in the deep north of Akkarayankulam, Mankulam, Pallavi, Nallur and Putuwaddumoddai in North-eastern Welioya. The officials said government forces had found large number of dead LTTE militants in these areas and had also seized large quantities of arms and ammunition. In the mean time, ICRC transported fourteen more dead Tigers into un-cleared areas at about 3.00 p.m. on Thursday from Omanthai.

"Heavy clashes have occurred on the south of Malapukualm in the Nallur area last evening. Troops found 3 bodies of slain LTTE cadres later in the area" Army said. Meanwhile , intercepted LTTE radio transmissions have revealed that a senior LTTE leader called "Lieutenant Colonel Kali Arasan" was killed in clashes on Wednesday.

Last week, troops of Task Force III under Brigadier Satyapriya Liyanage advanced more than two kilometres for the first time into the eastern flank of the A-9 road in Kokavil.

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