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 Post subject: SLA enters Paranthan Town, A9 blocked from north
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:09 pm 
SLA enters Paranthan Town, A9 blocked from north

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Troops of the Task Force-I entered the Paranthan town Wednesday (31) evening, shattering even final bits of the “Eelam Dream” of the LTTE, the Army Headquarters declared.

"During confrontations in Paranthan troops killed over twenty-five LTTE and recovered three dead bodies, four weapons and hand grenades" SLA web site claimed.

Earlier military said ground-support air assaults at identified LTTE resistance positions and mobile units in general area Paranthan were done by SLAF fighter jets and MI-24 helicopter gunships today.

Paranthan once remained an important economic centre with a large factory which produced chemicals for local industries. Before the LTTE dominated, a large number of inhabitants in the area made their living working in the factory.

Paranthan connects four important locations, Kilinochi to the south, Poonaryn to the west, Mullative to the east and Elephant Pass, gateway to Jaffna to the north.

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According to the battlefield reports, troops while advancing towards Paranthan had several confrontations with the LTTE in the area South of B-69 (Pooneryn- Paranthan) road during daytime. Troops found 6 bodies of LTTE cadres during clearing operations. SLA snipers killed another six as the military moved towards Paranthan the military said.

Paranthan is about six kilometres (3.75 miles) from the military's main objective -- the town of Kilinochchi, which is the political capital of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Troops had earlier taken control of two villages adjacent to the town. Troops gained total control over the Thadduwankoddy and Komarikudakulam villages edging the Paranthan built up by last afternoon.

The Tigers made no comment on the military's claims, but said four civilians were killed and 18 more wounded in two air raids inside areas held by them on Wednesday.

After the LTTE demolished civil administration in the area in early 1990s, Army liberated it from the LTTE grip in “Sathjaya” operation conducted in 1996. However, troops had to make their withdrawal in September 1998.

Entry to Parnathan enables the troops to encircle Kilinochchi from three directions, north, west and south, giving further enormous pressure on Tigers.

The Task Force-I troops have commence further expansion in order to capture rest of the After the LTTE demolished civil administration in the area in early 1990s, Army liberated it from the LTTE grip in “Sathjaya” operation conducted in 1996. However, troops had to make their withdrawal in September 1998.

Entry to Paranthan enables the troops to encircle Kilinochchi from three directions, north, west and south, giving further enormous pressure on Tiger terrorists. Defence observers are in the view that fall of Paranthan would open a gateway to the LTTE's last defences in the Vaddakachchi , and Puthukkudiyiruppu areas on the A-35 road (Paranthan- Mullaittivu).


The Task Force-I troops have commence further expansion in order to capture rest of the Paranthan township.


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 Post Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:27 pm 
"Paranthan under the total control of the security forces" - SLA
At least 50 Tamil fighters were killed

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01 Jan 2009 / @Agencies / MOD

The military said at least 50 Tamil fighters were killed in the battle for Paranthan, a crossroads north of the Tigers' headquarters in Kilinochchi.

The military said its success at Paranthan had effectively cut the main supply line to several Tiger strongholds in the north of Sri Lanka.

The fighting for Paranthan was bitter and lasted for hours, according to a statement by Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence.

The battle for Paranthan began in the early hours on Tuesday (30) when the TF-1 armor, artillery and infantry battalions commenced launching a concerted assault on the garrison town while, Army forward domination elements took on the well fortified LTTE resistance positions during surprise maneuvers made behind enemy lines.

Troops of the TF-1, commanded by Brigadier Shavendra Silva, entered the Paranthan built-up assisted with close combat air support of the SLAF jets and MI-24 helicopter gunships, Wednesday morning (Dec 31). LTTE resistances and counterattacks were outflanked by the intense military armour attacks and concentrated artillery and mortar fire, ground troops said. The fighting was fierce and prolonged for hours until terrorists were completely beaten by the determined soldiers, the sources added. LTTE fighting formations mainly from the Imran Pandiyan unit led by its 'Kilinochchi-in-charge', Velavan and Jerom had made successive attempts to gain lost ground only to be left with more casualties and damages, military sources said.

Unable to withstand the fury of the combined Army and Air force onslaught, LTTE terrorists withdrew from the town in total disarray. Having inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy, troops are now consolidating defences and advancing further east of the Paranthan junction, security sources added.

The LTTE, who have fought for a generation for a separate state for the ethnic Tamil minority, have not commented directly on the military claims about Paranthan.


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