Sri Lanka: War Within a War Worsens


July 29, 2006: While the ceasefire is breaking down, the war has not resumed. This is mainly because the LTTE has to deal with growing rebellion within its own ranks. The rebel faction wants to work out an autonomy deal with the government, while the mainline LTTE wants to partition the island.
July 28, 2006: Soldiers and LTTE rebels exchanged mortar fire. In the east, LTTE rebels used two suicide bombers at an LTTE checkpoint. This appears to be the first time the LTTE rebels (the "Karuna faction") have used suicide attacks.
July 27, 2006: In the north, the air force bombed an LTTE air strip (used for smuggling) that is under construction. The two days of air raids left six dead and five wounded.
July 26, 2006: In eastern Sri Lanka, LTTE rebels attacked water supplies for 15,000 people, and in response, the air force bombed LTTE camps.
July 23, 2006: The LTTE, beset by factionalism, and terrorist attacks, has drawn up "anti-terrorist" regulations so that it can deal with its own terrorist problem in a more efficient fashion.
July 21, 2006: Denmark and Finland will withdraw their truce monitors, in response to LTTE threats against citizens of European nations that have banned LTTE fund raising and other activities. Meanwhile, the LTTE continues to attack army patrols in the north and east.


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