Sri Lanka: August 25, 2000


mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"> The new army commander, Lionel Balagalle, sees his major task as improving the morale and motivation of his 120,000 troops. He also wants to enlist another 20,000 troops, but this will be difficult without conscription and a desertion rate that remain high. New weapons and tactics have made the troops more effective, and a string of successes against the rebels has raised morale. But everyone knows that the rebels are training new recruits for another round of offensive battles. 


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