Sri Lanka: A Very Bad Year


December 15, 2007: In the north, there have been over a thousand casualties, most of them LTTE, so far this month. The LTTE have a lot of young, poorly trained, fighters on the front line. These LTTE forces are chewed up pretty bad by the government troops, who have the benefit of air power and artillery. Not much is heard from LTTE artillery anymore, largely because the supply of shells has been cut off. What artillery ammo they do have, is stockpiled for special operations. The LTTE has said it will stop recruiting children (teenagers) this month, but that is unlikely. The LTTE is running short of manpower, because of combat casualties, and economic problems (lack of income and food) among the half million or so Tamil civilians they control in the north. About ten percent of LTTE fighters were killed or wounded, or took sick this month. The way things are going, 2008 is going to be a very bad year for the LTTE.

December 14, 2007: Tourism is recovering, with arrivals 20 percent higher than the same period last year. The government is seen to have the war with the LTTE under control, and able to keep tourist areas safe from LTTE terrorism.

December 10, 2007: In southern India, police make more arrests of LTTE arms smugglers. The police now gone after the LTTE purchasing agents, as well as the smuggling boats that have long operated out of south Indian ports.


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