|KILINOCHCHI CRUMBLES - Troops Enter Tiger citadel
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KILINOCHCHI CRUMBLES - Troops Enter Tiger citadel
Velupillai Prabhakaran in a recent interview dare President Rajapaksa to capture Kilinochchi saying it was only a day dream. Kilinochchi like Pooneryn was believed to be one of the Tiger strongholds considered impenetrable. Velupillai Prabhakaran said that his outfit would fight to the last man to defend the Tiger citadel. Small units of Sri Lanka Army 57 and 58 divisions have entered the Kilinochchi town once deemed impregnable and a large number of troops have encircled the city.
Friday, 28 November 2008
Small units of Sri Lanka Army 57 and 58 divisions have entered LTTE political capital Kilinochchi town. Hostile weather slowed the military offensive to completly capture the LTTE stronghold of Kilinochchi. According to some reports, when troops started entering Kilinochchi town LTTE cadres were withdrawing in some sections. The LTTE withdrawal was unexpected and had made the army suspicious of an ulterior motive.
Heavy rains and flash floods had hindred both the army and LTTE in fighting.
Soldiers of the 57 division and the Task Force 1 are in Kilinochchi town, battlefield sources said. The two offensive divisions were lined up along the western and southern boundaries of Kilinochchi for days and were making calibrated moves in line with the hostile weather and the terrain, the sources said.
The LTTE had constructed an “L” shaped earth bund extending from Paranthan – Pooneryn road to the South of Kilinochchi town. The army however succeeded in breaching the bund in seven different locations.
"Troops are very clear of their mission; it is not the real state that they are interested in but the elimination of terrorism," the Defence Ministry was quoted as saying in a report. "The floods have made extremely it difficult for the soldiers to detect mines and traps ....So they have to be extra cautious in their march," it said.
Troops made inroads into the town by breaching the earth bund spreading from western to the southern borders of Kilinochchi, despite heavy LTTE resistance and bad weather conditions. Velupillai Prabhakaran earlier said that his outfit would fight to the last man to defend the Tiger citadel.
With the capture of Pooneryn the army is marching toward Kilinochchi from three directions. Torrential rains and gale slowed down the foward march of the forces. Roads and the jungles were flooded hindering military operations and making the routes impassable. The flood waters dislodged the LTTE landmines and carried them all over the jungles. Further, heavy winds throughout the days have prevented major military offensives in Kilinochchi.
According to ground sources, the Tiger had tremendous difficulties with their defensive positions in the city and the area been flooded after three days of torrential rain. Many LTTE bunkers and firing positions were under water or washed away. This may have played a part of their unexpected withdrawal from some part of the city. The tigers were also finding it difficult to move their mortars and heavy artillery in the flooded roads.
Military suspect that the tigers may attempt to return to former positions or fight back after weather conditions improve.
At Killinochchi, Lankan fighter jets carried out air strike on two important LTTE radio communication centers in Paranthan junction yesterday. The Sri Lankan air force confirmed that the air strikes were accurately engaged, the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said.
Government forces surrounded LTTE political capital Kilinochchi few days ago, in the biggest-ever military campaign in the history of Sri Lanka's armed separatist struggle, which dates back to 1972.
Separatist chief Velupillai Prabhakaran vowed Thursday they would "continue with our struggle until the alien Sinhala occupation of our land is evicted," and appealed to Tamils abroad for support to shore up his military machine. Admitting that the LTTE is “confronted with an intense war as never before”, he said “an arrogant Sinhala nation stands adamant and is determined to occupy and conquer the historic (Tamil) lands.
Prabhakaran's speech delivered over Voice of Tigers radio contained veiled threats against civilians and suggestions the tigers would revert to hit-and-run attacks as their territory shrank, observers said.
Unlike previous Sri Lankan leaders, the hawkish President Mahinda Rajapakse has said he will accept nothing short of surrender from the Tigers. Velupillai Prabhakaran in a recent interview dare President Rajapaksa to capture Kilinochchi saying it was only a day dream.
Kilinochchi was showcased to the outside world as the fountainhead of Tiger power and invincibility. Capture of Kilinochchi no doubt is a tremendous morale booster to the Forces who now seem poised to go for the kill.
Kilinochchi like Pooneryn was believed to one of the Tiger strongholds considered impenetrable. That it could not defend this vital fortress from the Security Forces' onslaught is a sure sign of the decay and disintegration of the LTTE as a fighting outfit.
At least 2,239 Tamil Tigers have been killed in the past 11 months of fighting against the Sri Lankan troops, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has said. According to TamilNet, Velupillai Prabhakaran has paid homage “to 22,390 fighters who have lost their lives in the armed struggle since 27 November 1982, the day when first LTTE fighter Shankar lost his life”.
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