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Prabhakaran`s latest fireworks aimed at hitting headlines

Tuesday, 23 October 2007 - 8:32 AM SL Time
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The land-and-air Tiger attack on the Anuradhapura air base has had the desired effect: it has hit the headlines more than hitting the military capability of the Security Forces. It has also shown the weaknesses of the defences of key strategic bases.

After the heavy losses incurred by the Tigers in land, air and sea the latest attack is seen as a military stunt of Prabhakaran to boost the morale of the Tamil diaspora for fund raising. He was desperately in need of a spectacular show to counter the successes of the Security Forces and he got it in Anuradhapura. It is also meant to send a signal to the international community that he can hit selected targets though at the cost of losing more cadres in a dwindling force. Ministry of Defence (MoD) claimed that 22 cadres were killed in the operation.

Pro-Tiger media outlets went to town displaying pictures of Velupillai Prabhakaran posing with the suicide squad that said to have attacked the Anuradhapura air base. MoD website displayed pictures of the dead bodies of the well armed and well trained Tigers cadres sprawled in the area. The contrasting pictures reveal that the state of play in the theatre of war. To Prabhakaran it`s a show of bravado, implying that he is alive and kicking. To the MoD it`s a demonstration of their capacity to be in control, despite a temporary set back.

The latest attack comes against a background where the Security Forces are gaining the upper hand in the battles raging in the periphery of Vanni. Reports claim that despite stiff resistance coming from accurate artillery and mortar fire from the Tigers the army had inflicted sizeable damage and has taken the upper hand in areas west of Omanthai.

Media quoted military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara as saying that their objective was not to take over territory but inflict maximum possible losses on the enemy.

`The army has committed a sizeable force to achieve what a senior Defence Ministry official called a critical `battle-field` breakthrough in the Vanni,` said a media report.

Analysts also note that the Tigers are targeting military camps and bases leaving out civilian centres. This is partly to minimize accusations of human rights violations and partly a diversionary tactic to draw attention away from their weakening position. It has not changed the military balance or given the Tigers any strategic leverage. According to military analysts, it was a daring display of Tiger fireworks for public consumption and nothing more.

The latest attack is also likely to provoke heavy attacks on the Tiger targets. The Security Forces are not likely to be stalled by this Anuradhapura incident. They are determined to close in on Killinochci. A nervous Tiger leadership is reported to be working on an exit strategy for its leaders, in case Sri Lanka Government forces succeed in overrunning the two districts ? Mullathievu and Kilinochchi. While the middle order leaders are to be slipped into India, the earlier plans for Prabhakaran and his top aides to go to South Africa has been dropped. Reliable sources state Prabhakaran will be shipped Eritrea, as Norway has done the necessary spade work.

The future scenario, according analysts, is for the Tigers to strengthen their defences in the Vanni and to go out on daring missions targeting key military centres. Their objective will be to weaken the air force and naval bases. The Tigers are expected stage another big stunt, perhaps on the Palaly military complex by air.

One of the puzzling issues in the latest attack is how the Tigers managed to break through the high security zones and reach the air force base without being noticed. There is speculation that the pre-dawn ground attack was carried out by the Tiger hardcore that fled into Wilpattu National Park after they were driven out of Silavathurai in Mannar district on September 2. There is suspicion that `Sinhala Tigers` may have helped them to get through the checkpoints.


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Berty
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LK Information  23 Oct 2007 01:35:11 GMT  Report for Abuse  
He did get on headlines anyway!!

There is suspicion that 'Sinhala Tigers' may have helped them to get through the checkpoints.


I knew it..must check VINI Singh!!

One of the puzzling issues in the latest attack is how the Tigers managed to break through the high security zones and reach the air force base without being noticed.


why is it puzzling when we have Sinhala Tigers...




Edited By - Berty - 23 Oct 2007 01:41:31 GMT
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LK Information  23 Oct 2007 01:41:24 GMT  Report for Abuse  
One step back two step forward....this must be the stratergy.....will this help to stop the advancing forces....at Vanni battle front..???..
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LK Information  23 Oct 2007 01:41:44 GMT  Report for Abuse  
There is suspicion that 'Sinhala Tigers' may have helped them to get through the checkpoints.


...anna pattangatha...sinhala kotti..dhemala kotti..marakkala kotti...lansi kotti..American kotti, Norway Kotti, UK Kotti, UN kotti, no end ane....

When will they learn????????
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LK Information  23 Oct 2007 01:44:56 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Like every terrorist leader, prabakaran is putting everything into his last dance. They are more dangerous, mean and desperate towards the end. (Pol Pot, Hitler, Osama, ....)

Prabakaran will also be abondaned by his closest associates at the last moment, because the more desperate he gets the more he will be difficult to deal with.

SL forces should not allow him to escape to a foriegn country with his millions of dollars and the Gold he stole from people of Jaffna


Edited By - Kusum - 23 Oct 2007 01:59:18 GMT
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Astro malli
Good morning after a very long time..Hope everything is well with u

One step back two step forward....this must be the stratergy


yes..not 1/2 step forward and 3 steps back..

whatever it is..this type of attack is unacceptable..and president should appoint a Committee to investigate it..lolz
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LK Information  23 Oct 2007 01:46:39 GMT  Report for Abuse  
This is the usual propaganda of Govt funded and aided Asiatribune trying to justify their existance with the poor people's money. If not for the blinded and racist propaganda of Asiatribune and the like Sinhala masses would realise the folly of military adventure and persuade the elitist chauvinists to look for genuine negotiations not to buy time as in the future but to seek a vable solution to the 50 year old racist problem created by illegal Sinhala Only act.
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LK Information  23 Oct 2007 01:47:37 GMT  Report for Abuse  
One of the puzzling issues in the latest attack is how the Tigers managed to break through the high security zones and reach the air force base without being noticed. There is speculation that the pre-dawn ground attack was carried out by the Tiger hardcore that fled into Wilpattu National Park after they were driven out of Silavathurai in Mannar district on September 2.


so youre on the run and plan such an attack. wow
i guess the photo with VP was photoshopped

simply brilliant!

i tell you the best graduates from the school of journalism are from the banana republic!
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LK Information  23 Oct 2007 01:48:10 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Kusum

Like every terrorist leader had lived and died, prabakaran is also nearing his last dance.


when VP has his last dance..Charles will have his first dance..

When the Australian Cricket team started playing well we all thought it will change when Steve Waugh retires but up came Ricky Ponting and the present Aussie cricket team..which kept them on top for another Decade..we are hoping it will change when Ponting goes..let us wait and see..
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LK Information  23 Oct 2007 01:53:18 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Sri Lanka has not still learnt any basic lesson to prevent or counter the Tigers'deadly air attack with improvised aircraft.It demonstrates that we are fighting without any basic thinking.On the contrary we are going for highly sophisticated weapons putting the country into further economic problems jeopardising our precious future for nothing.It's time for the Military Intelligence to adopt an effective mechanism to check the ground situation in all the vulnerable mililtary defense installations whether the state of preparedness remains active in the face of the so called well co-ordinated retaliatory deadly attacks by the Tigers. It is in fact highly susceptible for the warring army to go into slumber due to the protracted war and hence there must be some kind of mechanism in place to keep the weariness-stricken army in a steady state of alertness

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Edited By - huzaifaah - 23 Oct 2007 03:40:46 GMT
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LK Information  23 Oct 2007 01:53:36 GMT  Report for Abuse  
It's pathetic to write

Analysts also note that the Tigers are targeting military camps and bases leaving out civilian centres. This is partly to minimize accusations of human rights violations and partly a diversionary tactic to draw attention away from their weakening position

to admit that the govt does not know how to avoid bombing and attacking civilians and 'minimise accusations of human rights violations'. This is to admit that there is not even a single wise person on their govt side.
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