Sri Lanka: Cell Phone Service a Sign of Victory


December19, 2006: The daily artillery and mortar fire in the northern and southern LTTE enclaves, but only in the east is there a lot of infantry action. The government is confident enough in its position to allow the mobile phone companies to restore service in northern Sri Lanka. This service was ordered shut down after August 11, when fighting with the LTTE resumed. Since then, the LTTE has suffered a string of defeats.

December 18, 2006: The LTTE kidnapped (or "recruited") twenty-four 16-17 year old Tamil students in eastern Sri Lanka. All but three of those taken were girls, which the LTTE uses as light infantry or suicide bombers. The LTTE has promised to stop this sort of thing, but they are suffering more and more desertions, and are desperate to maintain their armed strength.

December 17, 2006: Fighting in the east has left over 300 dead in the last week, including 28 soldiers, over a hundred LTTE, and the rest civilians or LTTE dissidents. The LTTE are in danger of losing control of Tamil areas in the east, mainly because they are cut off from larger LTTE forces in the north. The LTTE appears to be trying to prevent Tamil civilians from fleeing areas they control in eastern Sri Lanka. The LTTE can use civilians as human shields for their artillery positions, or base camps for their fighters.

December 16, 2006: Indian police are turning up more weapons, apparently meant for the LTTE in Sri Lanka. The LTTE can't get artillery ammo from Indian sources (India uses different calibers), but can obtain explosives, small arms ammo and rockets. The fighting in eastern Sri Lanka has increased as government forces and rebels within the LTTE attack the LTTE itself. Thousands of civilians are fleeing the fighting, and increasing LTTE efforts to kidnap Tamil teenagers, and turn them into gunmen.

December 15, 2006: In the east, a clash between hard line and reform (Karuna) LTTE factions led to the death of twenty hard line fighters, and the capture of a dozen teenage (13-16 years old) recruits. The kids were disarmed and released.


Article Archive

Sri Lanka: Current 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close