Thursday, February 26, 2009

Eelam War IV totters on last legs

The Sri Lankan Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka told The Bottom Line yesterday that the Eelam War IV has entered its final stage.

“Eelam War IV has reached its final stage as Sri Lanka Army troops have successfully laid siege to the entire Puthukudyiruppu east area and the troops advance towards the LTTE terror bastion. Our troops are advancing further and we will declare this war ended very soon. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Leader V. Prabhakaran may attempt to flee the island by sea as he is a multi-millionaire terrorist and will want to live longer,” the Army Commander said.

The LTTE remain only in Puthukudyiruppu east and have relinquished the rest of the area to Army control at the moment.

Troops entered LTTE stronghold

While this column was being written yesterday morning, the 582 Division commanded by Lt. Colonel Sanajaya Wanigasinghe advanced his troops from west to east of Puthukudyiruppu and the Task Force 8 commanded by Colonel Ravipriya advanced his troops from the south towards Puthukudyiruppu. Meanwhile the 581 Brigade under Lt. Colonel Deshapriya Gunawaradane advanced his troops from north to south on to Puthukudyiruppu, the final LTTE bastion

Sources from the battlefront said pitched battles erupted as troops confronted the LTTE cadres backed by mortar and artillery fire. The 5 Armoured Corp. commanded by Lt. Colonel Nihal Samarakoon provided vital Armour support to the ground troops from their T-55 Main battle Tanks and BMP Tanks, destroying Tiger bunkers.

Eelam War IV is almost at the finishing line. The entire cadre of the LTTE has been confined by the military to the Puthukudyiruppu east build up, and the No Fire Zone 63 square kilometres in extent. Heavy fighting ensued between troops and the LTTE west of Puthukkudiyirippu and East of Ampalavanpokkanai since February 21 morning as counter terrorist operations entered its last phases in Mullaitivu. According to latest information from the battlefront the Sri Lanka Army has encircled the LTTE at Puthukudyiruppu east, and the safe zone demarcated by the government. This area is the narrow sliver of land between the lagoon and the Indian Ocean. Just below Chalai town in the map is the inlet to the lagoon. The safe zone begins from around five kilometres below Chalai and runs up to a few kilometres from Mullaitivu town where there is another inlet to the Nanthikadal lagoon. LTTE fired mortars from the Safe Zone and they used civilians as human shield said one of the civilians who was admitted to the Trincomalee Hospital

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