The opening of another front on the Vanni battlefield would speed up the
LTTE’s final collapse, Army Chief Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka told
The Sunday Island.
A confident Fonseka said that Task Force III was ready to join several other fighting formations soon to step up operations on the Vanni front. With the LTTE retreating both east and west of the A9 road, the deployment of Task Force III would facilitate the overall strategy, the commander said. Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told The Sunday Island that the offensive spearheaded by the army was on track.
"We are making steady progress, particularly with the army deployed west...
Troops of the 57 Division, who captured Akkarayankulam
after piercing an LTTE defence line following fierce fighting late
last week, in action as the multi-pronged military thrust in the North
(Pix by Dimuthu Premaratne in Akkarayankulam)
2 km. Tiger defence line
falls in Vanni
The army yesterday afternoon pierced an LTTE defence line about three kilometres east of Mannar-Pooneryn A 32 road and six kilometres north-east of Madam as the Task Force I stepped up pressure on Pooneryn.
A lakh a month for
Dismissing the JVP’s criticism of 40 ministers, non-cabinet ministers and deputy ministers receiving Rs 100,000 a month as house rent, Higher Education Minister Professor Wiswa Waranapala said that it was...