Sri Lanka: Suicide Special Celebration


November 30, 2007: Fighting, along the front lines up north, is getting more intense, with casualties sometimes more than a hundred a day. Most of the activity is directed at preventing the LTTE from sneaking fighters into Sri Lanka proper. The army is also taking more LTTE bunkers, as the LTTE is not as effective in defending their positions any more. There is still some fighting in the east, where several groups of LTTE fighters refuse to surrender and are conducting guerilla operations.

November 28, 2007: Two LTTE suicide bombers attacked in the capital, leaving 21 dead. The LTTE had promised a major attack to celebrate their annual "Heroes Day" festivities, and this, apparently, was it.

November 27, 2007: The government accused a UN aid organization of assisting the LTTE. The UN denied it, but, throughout the world, corruption, fear, or partisanship, among UN employees has caused rebels and bandits to benefit.

November 26, 2007: The LTTE is moving more of its operations to Tamil Nadu, the south Indian state that is the homeland of all Tamils. The LTTE is officially not welcome in Tamil Nadu, but it has many supporters there.

November 25, 2007: The air force found and bombed an LTTE communications center in the north, which included a satellite dish.

November 24, 2007: Unlike most terrorist organizations, the LTTE keeps good records. For example, they just announced that 19,887 LTTE members have died in the last 25 years. The LTTE was formed in the early 1970s, but didn't "go to war" with Sri Lanka until late 1982. Their dead include 343 suicide bombers (27 percent of them women). Over 50,000 others (Tamil and Sinhalese civilians, plus soldiers and police) have died as well.


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