Friday, February 20, 2009

Tamil Tiger Rebels

Thousands of Tamils rally at White House

AFP — Thousands of members of the Tamil diaspora rallied Friday outside the White House to demand US pressure on the Sri Lankan government as it pursues a major offensive against Tiger rebels.
The rally was met by a smaller counter-demonstration, mostly by members of Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese community, who called for the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to end their trademark suicide attacks.
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Tamil Tiger Planes Destroyed After Attack on Colombo

Bloomberg -- Two planes operated by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were shot down by anti-aircraft fire after a raid on Sri Lanka’s capital of Colombo, the country’s Ministry of Defense said.
At least two people were killed and more than 45 people were hurt late yesterday when one of the planes crashed into a building housing the Inland Revenue Department, the ministry said in a statement posted on its Web site.
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Sri Lanka rebels attack despite losses

BBC The attack by Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on the capital shows that while their conventional capacity has been drastically reduced, their ability to launch surprise attacks is undiminished.
The rebels are currently surrounded by troops in a small area in the north-east of the island. They have lost significant tranches of territory to the army and most analysts agree it is only a matter of time before they lose what little land they still hold.
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