Sri Lanka: Rebels on the Ropes


January30, 2007: The fighting is shifting to the north, where the most determined LTTE fighters are. Government forces have increased their patrols, and are apparently collecting information preparatory to a new offensive. Over 4,000 people have died in the LTTE violence during the past year, but for the first time, the fighting has had a decisive effect. The LTTE is badly hurt, and may not survive another year of such pressure.

January 29, 2007: Two more LTTE camps were captured in the east. Nearly a thousand LTTE fighters have been killed or captured in the east in the last few weeks, and most of the camps where these fighters lived have been captured. There are still several thousand hard core LTTE supporters in the east, but many, if not most, are unarmed, or cut off from supplies of ammo and leadership. The new Tamil political coalition is trying to recruited these LTTE members.

January 27, 2007: Navy gunboats sank three LTTE suicide boats that attempted to enter Colombo harbor (for the first time in ten years) to attack the shipping there.

January 24, 2007: The new Tamil political organization, that will compete with the LTTE for support from the Tamil community, consists of Karuna's TMVP, the EPDP, EPRLF/Nabha and PLOTE. These smaller organizations have long just barely survived in the shadow of the LTTE. But with the LTTE organization collapsing in eastern Sri Lanka, and under increasing attack in the north, the LTTE has been unable to stop the little guys from getting organized.


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