Things keep getting worse for the
LTTE. Overseas money collections are down, as countries hosting Tamil refugees
crack down on LTTE run scams. In Sri Lanka, the air force keeps getting better
information out of LTTE held territory about where key LTTE targets are
located. The air force then bombs and destroys scarce supplies or key personnel,
using either jets or helicopter gunships.
2008: So far this year, about 3,200 LTTE
fighters have been killed, along with about 240 soldiers. The lopsided
casualties are largely due to the army having much more air and artillery
support, a lot more ammo, better training and more troops. The LTTE has
fanaticism, reinforced by a fanatical, charismatic (among Tamils) core
leadership. Recently, this leadership sent out letters to overseas supporters
asking for an immediate infusion of $20 million in cash. Canadian police
captured a copy of the letter sent to the Canadian LTTE supporters, calling for
them to send about 15 percent of that money. Foreign governments are more alert
to these illegal fund raising schemes, and have been stopping a lot of this
cash from reaching the LTTE in Sri Lanka.
2008: Two of the LTTE single engine
commercial aircraft attacked army units in the north, dropping three bombs and
wounding a soldier. No meaningful damage was done, but the new anti-aircraft
systems did not catch these aircraft. That's likely because these attacks were
close to the LTTE airfields in the north. The new anti-aircraft measures
(mainly a new radar system) were primarily for defending the capital and
military targets in the southern part of the island.
2008: In the capital, a bomb went off on a bus, killing 24 and wounding nearly
fifty. Four days later, a similar bomb was found in another bus and defused
before it could explode.