Sri Lanka: Desperate Threats


March 8, 2007: The government is investigating charges that security personnel killed people arrested as suspected terrorists. The police and military have been trying to prevent the LTTE from launching another terror campaign among Sri Lankan civilians.

March 7, 2007: The army is advancing on the few remaining LTTE bases in eastern Sri Lanka. After a few more weeks fighting, the only organized LTTE forces will be in the north. There, the LTTE is preparing for a stubborn defense of the only territory they still control.

March 6, 2007: Over the weekend, five bodies were found in a marsh outside the capital. The dead were later identified as members of the LTTE Karuna faction, a group fighting the LTTE leadership for control of Tamil areas in eastern Sri Lanka, and willing to settle for something short of a separate state. The LTTE has now threatened to expand the fighting, to include foreigners. This apparently means terror attacks in foreign countries, as well as attacks on civilian ships operating off Sri Lanka.

March 5, 2007: Every week, several thousand more people flee LTTE controlled territory, because the LTTE is making greater demands (children for fighting, money, food) in order to keep government forces out.

March 4, 2007: The government is increasing security for foreign diplomats, after an apparent LTTE attack on a helicopter carrying diplomats.

March 3, 2007: The army and air force continue to increase their ability to find LTTE positions in the jungle, and hit them with artillery or air strikes. This is causing the LTTE to disperse even more, making it more difficult for LTTE commanders to control their forces.


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