November 16, 2007: Fighting in
the north has intensified over the last week, with the LTTE front lines being
destroyed in several places (the enemy bunkers were destroyed or captured).
LTTE casualties have been heavy, with nearly a hundred dead and several hundred
wounded or captured. The LTTE continues trying to infiltrate fighters out of
the north, to carry out terror attacks in government territory. The LTTE has
also held back their best trained combat troops. The army is encountering
poorly trained and led LTTE fighters on the front line.
The air force bombed a coastal
LTTE base and boatyard. The navy continues to control the northern coast,
although the loss of their naval reconnaissance aircraft last month makes it
easier to determined LTTE smugglers to sneak in.
November 15, 2007: In the
United States, a major LTTE fundraising organization, the TRO, was banned. Many
LTTE fundraising operations have been crippled in the past year, reducing cash
flow for the hard pressed rebels.
November 11, 2007: The air
force is confident enough about their improved intelligence inside LTTE
territory, that they feel they have a shot at killing LTTE commander-in-chief
Velupillai Prabhakaran. The improved intel is partly the result of more Tamils
in the north willing to inform on the LTTE, partly the increased use of
stealthy army commando patrols inside LTTE territory, and more skillful use of
air force recon aircraft.