Sri Lanka: Poisonous Plans


August 31, 2007: As the LTTE continues to crumble, from declining Tamil support and much reduced cash and weapons shipments from overseas. Unable to deal with the army on the ground, the LTTE is increasingly returning to terrorism. The latest alarm in that department involved fears that poison gas terror attacks were in the works. The LTTE are supposed to have supplies of cyanide and potassium for this purpose. These poisons are believed to have been brought in some time ago. Currently, the efforts of the Sri Lankan and Indian navies makes it difficult to smuggle anything in with any degree of success. Moreover, Indian police are arresting LTTE operatives, and not allowing them to discretely go about their business.

August 28, 2007: In the last 22 months, government forces have lost 1,258 men (soldiers and local militia/village guard), while the the LTTE has lost 2,000 dead, and many more captured and deserted. Over a thousand civilians have also died as well. There are still several people a day being killed, and over a hundred casualties (dead and wounded) a week. This shows no sign of declining.

The government is playing down any prospects of a major military offensive in the north. But in the meantime, there is constant pressure on the LTTE. This takes the form of daily patrols, and attacks on LTTE facilities using artillery and warplanes. Then there are the Deep Penetration Units, which no one will officially say much about. These commando type units go deep, and do a lot of damage. The government is apparently hoping to weaken the LTTE in the north, until the organization collapses. Meanwhile, in eastern Sri Lanka, hundreds of LTTE fighters who fled the army offensive, are now waging a guerilla war against the rebel LTTE Karuna faction, and government forces. The LTTE apparently hopes to regain some control over the east via a guerilla campaign.

August 26, 2007: Police found and disarmed a large bomb that had been hidden in an area where a large Buddhist festival was to be held. While the LTTE is non religious, most of its Tamil supporters are Hindu, and the religious angle is pushed by the Sinhalese Buddhists, who are the most rabid nationalists.


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