Saturday, June 14, 2008

Lankan army threatening to catch LTTE chief

The Sri Lankan army now wants to do what the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) could not 20 years ago, namely, storm the LTTE’s nerve centre in the Mullaitivu jungles in north-eastern Sri Lanka, and neutralize the rebel chieftain, Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Army Commander Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka told the Sinhalese language daily Dinamina that four divisions and a special task force were poised to storm the defenses of the LTTE in Mullaitivu; and that Prabhakaran’s HQ code-named “Base One Four” was just 21 km away.

Before long, Prabhakaran would be captured alive, he said. The idea of going straight for Prabhakaran is based on the belief that if the LTTE is decapitated, it will collapse like a house of cards.

Fonseka said the LTTE was being attacked simultaneously from four corners and that the thinly stretched rebels were suffering an unacceptable level of attrition. Their losses cannot be recompensed, because of a land and naval blockade, he contended.

According to the state-owned Daily News, the Sri Lankan forces are going to secure the coastline to deny the Tigers reinforcements.

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