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This thread contains all the official press releases of LTTE, most commonly known as Tamil Tigers, during their militray operation Unceasing Waves - 3. All these press releases were extracted from the LTTE's official website 'eelam.com'.

 

 

It is a part of the following document titled 'ஓயாத அலைகள் - 3' (Eng: Unceasing Waves - 3) :

 

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LTTE Headquarters  
Tamil Eelam              
2 November 1999    

LTTE overruns military complex and captures Oddusuddan town

Hundreds of Sri Lankan troops have been killed and several hundreds injured as the fighting units of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) overran the Sri Lankan military complex at Oddusuddan this morning and took control of the strategically important town and its surrounding areas situated along the Mankulam-Mullaitivu highway.

Well armed LTTE fighting formations, with the support of heavy artillery and mortar fire, launched a major offensive operation against the well entrenched Sri Lankan military complex at Oddusuddan in the early hours of the morning today. After several hours of fierce fighting the LTTE fighters overran the army camps and took control of the town.

In the heavy fighting that lasted for nine hours, LTTE fighting formations have inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy forces and captured a huge haul of arms and several military vehicles. Hundreds of dead bodies of soldiers are scattered all over the jungle areas. LTTE fighters are still pursuing hundreds of soldiers who ran into the dense jungle in total disarray. The Tamil Tigers are now engaged in clearing the surrounding areas of Oddusuddan. Details of casualties on our side will be announced tomorrow.

Arrangements are being made to handover the dead bodies of Sri Lankan soldiers to the ICRC.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom. 
Tel : 44 20 8503 4294)

 

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  LTTE Headquarters  
Tamil Eelam              
3 November 1999    

Nedunkerni town falls to LTTE Sri Lankan army in disarray

In a massive military thrust code named 'Unceasing Waves 3' the fighting formations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) overran another military complex at Nedunkerni today, after taking control of the strategic town of Oddusuddan yesterday. Nedunkerni town-situated in the Pulliyankulam - Mullaitivu highway-and its surrounding areas have been brought under the control of the LTTE after intense fighting which continued for several hours last night.

Heavy fighting continued as the fighting units of the Tamil Tigers pursued the fleeing Sri Lankan troops into the thick jungles. The Sri Lankan army has suffered more than one thousand casualties-dead and injured - in the battles at Oddusuddan and Nedunkerni.

Having captured Oddusuddan and Nedunkerni military bases the LTTE fighting units are now moving towards the eastern sector of Pulliyankulam mounting pressure on several defense posts of the Sri Lankan army in the region. As the fighting escalates to wider areas Sri Lankan troops are in total disarray and are fleeing - deserting their posts.

The LTTE fighters have secured a huge haul of arms and ammunition from several arsenals in the Nedunkerni and Oddusuddan sector. A large array of military vehicles, including armored personnel carriers, were captured by the LTTE fighters.

So far 40 LTTE fighters have been killed in the fighting.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom. 
Tel : 44 20 8503 4294)

 

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LTTE Headquarters  
Tamil Eelam              
4 November 1999    

KARUPADDAMURIPPU MILITARY BASE UNDER ATTACK
SRI LANKAN TROOPS SUFFER FURTHER HEAVY CASUALTIES

Sri Lankan troops suffered further heavy casualties when the fighting units of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) launched a fresh offensive thrust last night on the military base at Karupaddamurippu, a strategic town seven kilometres east of Mankulam.

Heavy fighting is still raging in the area. Having taken control of the military complexes at Oddusuddan and Nedunkerni in quick succession during the last two days of fighting, the LTTE fighting formations have now surrounded Karupaddamurippu and pounding the strategic military base with heavy artillery and mortar fire. Faced with the fierce assault by the LTTE forces, the Sri Lankan military rushed reinforcements to the area from Mankulam. Karupaddamurippu military base houses the tactical headquarters of the Sri Lankan army's 55 Division and is manned predominately by Navy personnel.

In another development, the LTTE fighters launched a massive artillery attack yesterday on the Kanakarayankulam military complex situated on the A9 highway, 15 kilometres from Vavuniya town. The artillery bombardment hit the ammunition dumps causing massive explosions that destroyed several military buildings in the area including brigade headquarters and a field hospital. Scores of troops were killed and over 300 were injured in the attack.

In another incident Israeli made Kfir bombers launched a sudden attack on a civilian settlement at Pandiyankulam in the Mullaitivu District yesterday evening around 5.45 p.m. The bombardment, widely regarded as a deliberate retaliatory attack by the Airforce for the humiliating military debacles on the ground, killed six innocent civilians and wounded eight more.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom. 
Tel : 44 20 8503 4294)

 

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LTTE Headquarters  
Tamil Eelam              
4 November 1999    

AMPAKAMAM FALLS TO LTTE FIGHTERS
HEAVY FIGHTING CONTINUES IN VANNI

In the fighting that is raging ferociously in the Karupaddamurippu - Ampakamam sector, east of Mankulam, the LTTE forces have overrun the Sri Lankan front defence lines and taken control of vast sections of Ampakamam. Strategically crucial Ampakamam area, situated 5 kilometres north of Karupaddamurippu, was subjected to intense fighting last week when Sri Lankan troops launched an offensive campaign in the area code-named 'Operation Watershed'. After several hours of sustained fighting, the LTTE units destroyed several mini-camps at Ampakamam today and caused heavy casualties to the enemy.

In the meantime, the LTTE fighters are also engaged in a fierce battle in the jungle areas between Nedunkerni and Pulliyankulam, as Sri Lankan troops attempted to advance from bases at Pulliyankulam towards Nedunkerni sector. Heavy exchange of artillery and mortar fire is taking place in the area.

The LTTE's offensive campaign, code named 'Unceasing Waves 3', continues ferociously for the third day today as the LTTE fighting formations swept westwards of Mullaitivu in the direction of A9 highway posing a serious threat to Sri Lankan bases on the Vavuniya-Kilinochchi route. Over one thousand Sri Lankan troops have been killed and many more injured in the three days of intense fighting. So far 60 LTTE fighters have died in the battle.

The LTTE fighters have cremated, with military honours, hundreds of decomposed bodies of Sri Lankan soldiers scattered all over the jungle areas as ICRC was unable to get clearance from the Sri Lankan military establishment to hand over the demised soldiers.

In the Vanni area, jubilant crowds of civilians in thousands are actively supporting the offensive campaign of the LTTE. Civilian crowds are supplying food to the fighters and are helping to remove vast amounts of arms and ammunitions from various Sri Lankan armouries in the liberated areas.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom. 
Tel : 44 20 8503 4294)

 

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LTTE Headquarters
Tamil Eelam             
5 November 1999   

LTTE FIGHTING UNITS OVERRUN AND CAPTURE MANKULAM, KARUPADDAMURIPPU, OLUMADU TOWNS

In a massive wave of offensive thrust, the commando units of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) overran Mankulam town today killing and wounding hundreds of Sri Lankan soldiers.

Mankulam town heavily fortified and strategically situated on the A9 highway, 30 kilometres from Vavuniya, fell to the LTTE after several hours of intensive fighting which began in the early hours of this morning. Unable to confront the fierce onslaught of the LTTE fighters, who penetrated the defense front lines using heavy motor fire, the Sri Lankan military personnel who manned the military complex at Mankulam fled in total disarray. Hundreds of dead bodies of soldiers are scattered in the battlefields at Mankulam, Olumadu, Karapaddamurippu and Ampakamam.

In the early hours of the morning today, Karupaddamurippu military base and Olamadu army camp fell to the LTTE after twenty-four hours of intense fighting. The fall of these strategically located towns sealed the fate of the garrison town of Mankulam which was exposed to LTTE offensive thrust from the east, west and north.

With the fall of Mankulam, the LTTE fighting formations are sweeping southwards along the A9 highway pounding heavy artillery and mortar fire on Sri Lankan defense positions at Kanagarayankulam and Pulliyankulam. Surprised and demoralized by the swift and ferocious offensive thrust by the LTTE in which strategically crucial towns are falling one after the other, the Sri Lankan troops are fleeing towards Vavuniya deserting their posts. Over one thousand troops have been killed and double that number injured during the last four days of heavy fighting.

In this offensive campaign of the LTTE code-named 'Unceasing Waves 3', 82 LTTE fighters have been killed so far.

Since the Sri Lankan military establishment and the State have, for political reasons, refused permission to the ICRC to accept the bodies of demised soldiers, the LTTE fighters have been cremating the dead soldiers with military honors.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom. 
Tel : 44 20 8503 4294)

 

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LTTE Headquarters
Tamil Eelam            
6 November 1999  

PULIYANKULAM, KANAKARAYANKULAM, FALL TO LTTE
SRILANKA'S ARMY'S DEFENSE SYSTEM IN VANNI COLLAPSES

Sri Lankan military establishment suffered further humiliating debacles when two more strategically important towns on the A9 highway in the southern Vanni region fell to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE).

Puliyankulam and Kanakarayankulam, the strongest and well-fortified outposts situated on highway 15 and 20 miles respectively from the city of Vavuniya, were overrun by the LTTE forces. The LTTE commando units stormed the garrison town of Kanakarayankulam, and brought the military base under control last night after intense fighting. Constituted as a massive military complex housing the headquarters of the Army's 55, 56 Divisions, Kanakarayankulam was subjected to heavy artillery and mortar bombardment by the LTTE forces for the last few days and suffered huge damages. After overrunning Kanakarayankulam, LTTE commando units launched a fierce attack on Puliyankulam and captured the town today.

With the fall of these well-entrenched and strategically crucial towns, the formidable defence system painfully built-up by the Sri Lankan military for the last five years with heavy loss of human lives in the northern Vanni region, crumbled suddenly. Waves after waves of LTTE offensive onslaughts and sudden loss of huge territories confused the military establishment in Vanni and caused de-moralization amongst the military personnel. As a consequence, thousands of troops have deserted their posts in panic and fled into the jungles. The LTTE fighters are pursuing the Sinhala soldiers in mopping up operations in different regions of Vanni.

LTTE fighting formations are also sweeping vast tracts of lands east and west of A9 highway and have brought under their control several strategic towns. Moonrumurrippu, Mannakulam west of Mankulam, Nainamadu and Mathiyamadu east of Puliyankulam have fallen to the Tamil Tigers. By overrunning several military complexes, bases and camps within a short span of time by sudden and lightning assaults, the Liberation Tigers have amassed a massive array of war materials and military vehicles amounting to billions of rupees.

With the fall of Puliyankulam, the last garrison town in the southern sector of Vanni, the city of Vavuniya is now exposed to LTTE's offensive thrust. Thousands of troops have already fallen back to bases in Vavuniya to reinforce the defence system of the city where 50,000 Tamils live.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom. 
Tel : 44 20 8503 4294)

 

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LTTE Headquarters  
Tamil Eelam              
8 November 1999    

LTTE FORCES ADVANCE FURTHER INTO VANNI: DEFENCE POSTS IN WELI OYA COLLAPSE

Heavy fighting continued in the border areas of Vanni as the advancing columns of LTTE forces made further thrusts today into the northeastern sector of Manal Aru (Weli Oya) and regained vast tracts of Tamil territory from the occupying Sri Lankan army.

Sri Lankan troops fled in disarray as the LTTE commando units stormed well-fortified military camps in the Manal Aru area and brought the territory under their control. 'Thanikallu' and 'Ceylon Theatre' military camps -which functioned as a protective armor for the Sinhala colonisation of Tamil villages in the region - fell to the LTTE after several hours of heavy artillery and mortar engagement between Tamil Tigers and Sinhala troops.

In the central sector, along the A9 highway, the LTTE fighting units made further advance from Pulliyankulam and captured Pannikaneeravi, a strategic junction between Pulliyankulam and Omanthai. Both the parties in conflict, the Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lankan army, have been engaged in a ferocious artillery duel in the area for the last 24 hours.

Heavy fighting has also flared in the Pallamadu and Palampity areas along the western sector of Mannar where LTTE fighting units are making a sustained effort to liberate the area from the occupying army.

Over one thousand Sri Lankan troops have been killed and double that number injured in the continuing campaign by the LTTE code-named 'Unceasing Waves 3'. 119 LTTE cadres, including 43 women fighters, have died so far in the ongoing offensive operations.

In the meantime the Sri Lankan military establishment is dismantling several army camps in the Trincomalee and Batticoloa districts in a desperate effort to reinforce troops, in the bordering regions of Vanni, to halt the rapid advance of the LTTE.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom. 
Tel : 44 20 8503 4294)

 

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LTTE Headquarters  
Tamil Eelam              
18 November 1999  

 

LTTE OVERRUNS SEVERAL STRATEGIC TOWNS IN A NEW OFFENSIVE THRUST IN MANNAR

Sri Lankan armed forces suffered further humiliating debacles as the commando units of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) overran several strategic towns in pre-dawn lightning attacks in the Mannar District today.

In a meticulously planned offensive thrust, the LTTE fighting formations launched simultaneous attacks on Pallamadu, Periamadu, Palampitty and Thatchanamarutha Madu and overran the military bases in these areas. Situated along the strategic land route between Vavuniya town and Vidathaltivu on the west coast of Mannar, these towns were captured by the Sri Lankan army during a series of military campaigns code-named 'Operation Ranagosa'. The town of Madu, where the famous Roman Catholic shrine is situated, also fell to Tamil Tigers without resistance.

Vast tracts of territory in the heart of Mannar fell to Tigers during the 12 hours of battle as the Sri Lankan troops deserted their posts and fled unable to withstand the fury of mortar and artillery fire.

From the fallen military bases and camps the LTTE fighters have recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition including armoured cars, armoured personnel carriers and trucks.

Sri Lankan armed forces suffered hundreds of casualties, whereas 10 LTTE fighters were killed in the fighting today.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom. 
Tel : 44 20 8503 4294)

 

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LTTE Headquarters
Tamil Eelam            
11 December 1999 

TIGERS LAUNCH MAJOR ASSAULT ON THE GATEWAY TO JAFFNA

In a daring military campaign, the LTTE fighting formations made a multi-pronged attack today on several sectors around the Elephant Pass military complex situated on the strategically important causeway linking Jaffna Peninsula to the mainland.

Heavy fighting is raging in the area as LTTE fighting units penetrated the Sri Lankan army defence lines at Kaddaikadu, Pullaveli, Vettilaikerni and Kilali and laid siege around Elephant Pass military complex. The LTTE forces are pounding the Elephant Pass base complex with artillery and mortar. This heavily fortified base complex houses the headquarters of the Sri Lankan army's 54 Division.

After a respite in the fighting due to the celebrations of Heroes' Day, the LTTE's military thrust 'Unceasing Waves 3' began in the early hours this morning and continues ferociously.

The LTTE wishes to deny categorically the Government's claim that over two hundred of our cadres have been killed at Vettilaikerni. This is a part of the malicious disinformation campaign of the Sri Lankan government to prop up the declining morale of the Sinhala soldiers and to cheat the Sinhala populace. Fifteen of our fighters have been killed in the fighting so far. 

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom. 
Tel : 44 20 8503 4294)

 

 

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LTTE Headquarters    
Tamil Eelam                
13 December 1999     

HUNDREDS OF SRI LANKAN TROOPS WERE KILLED AS LTTE OFFENSIVE SPREADS TO THENMARACHI

Hundreds of Sri Lankan troops were killed and injured as the current LTTE's offensive campaign spread and intensified to several sectors of Thenmarachi in the Jaffna peninsula.

The elite commando units of the Liberation Tigers launched daring and lightning assaults on the Sri Lankan army's defence positions at Navatkuly, Chavakachcheri, Kodikamam and Yakachi along the Jaffna highway causing havoc among the government troops. The artillery base attached to the Chavakachcheri army camp was destroyed last night when the LTTE's mortar shells hit the ammunition dump and caused massive explosions. Over one hundred troops were killed and injured in that particular incident. As the fury of the Tiger assault spread to several strategic towns and villages in the Thenmarachi region, the Sri Lankan troops are on the run in several areas deserting their positions.

The Elephant Pass military complex is seriously threatened as the fighting units of the Tamil Tigers have launched a concerted attack on the Yakachi army base, the main defence structure guarding the gateway to Elephant Pass. Having overrun the strategic naval base at Vettilaikerni and Kaddaikadu and the military base at Pullaveli, which constituted the eastern defence perimeters of the Elephant Pass base complex, the LTTE fighters are now pounding the Yakachi army camp with artillery and mortar.

Fierce fighting is continuing at Yakachi for the last 24 hours and the Sri Lankan troops have suffered heavy casualties. The fall of the Yakachi army camp will expose the Elephant Pass central base to serious threat as the military base has been cut off from land and sea supplies and completely encircled by formidable LTTE fighting formations.

In the meantime, the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry has been making desperate efforts to underplay the scale and magnitude of the Tiger offensive in the crucial Thenmarachi region of the Jaffna Peninsula fearing the objective truth of the ground reality will have serious repercussions on the Presidential elections.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom.
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LTTE Headquarters    
Tamil Eelam                
15 December 1999     

HEAVY FIGHTING CONTINUES IN THE PENINSULA
LTTE CONSOLIDATES CAPTURED POSITIONS

The offensive campaign of the Tamil Tigers to liberate the Jaffna Peninsula continued today for the fifth day with intense artillery shelling on Sri Lanka army positions in Thenmarachi, Vadamarachi and along the coastal region of the Jaffna town.

The LTTE fighting units, which overran the strategic military bases at Vettilaikerni, Kaddaikadu, Pullaveli and Marathankerni in the northeastern sector of Elephant Pass, have been consolidating their positions and advancing further into the eastern coastal belt of Vadamarachi. Heavy exchange of artillery and mortar bombardment continued in the area as the LTTE commando units slowly and systematically tightened their grip around the Elephant Pass military complex. Threatened by the encirclement of the Elephant Pass base complex, the Sri Lankan navy and airforce have been continuously pounding the coastal areas that have fallen to Tamil Tigers.

In the meantime, the Sri Lankan government has unleashed a mischievous propaganda war against the LTTE's offensive campaign claiming exaggerated casualty figures on the Tigers. The reports emanating from the Defence Ministry sources that over 500 LTTE cadres have been killed are baseless and fictitious. Operating under the cover of rigorous censorship, the government has been distorting the actuality of the ground situation to deceive its own populace and the world in general. So far sixty of our cadres have been killed during the last five days.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom.
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LTTE Headquarters    
Tamil Eelam                
17 December 1999     

PARANTHAN MILITARY BASE FALLS TO LTTE: SRI LANKAN ARMY SUFFERS FURTHER DEBACLE

Paranthan army camp, situated strategically on the southern sector of Elephant Pass base complex, has fallen to the LTTE fighters today after intense fighting that lasted more than 24 hours. Paranthan junction and its surrounding areas are now under the control of the LTTE fighters.

The battle for Paranthan began in the early hours of yesterday when the fighting formations of the Tamil Tigers launched a concerted assault on the garrison town with artillery and mortar fire. The LTTE fighting units, which quickly overran the front defence lines, engaged the Sri Lankan troops in fierce fighting that lasted several hours. Unable to withstand the fury of the Tigers' massive onslaught the Sri Lankan troops withdrew from the town in total disarray. Having inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy troops the LTTE fighters recovered vast quantities of arms, ammunition and military vehicles. The fall of Paranthan, the well-fortified military position guarding the southern periphery of the Elephant Pass complex, has exposed the main base to a serious threat.

In the meantime, special commando units of the LTTE have overrun the naval bases at Kerativu and Sangupitty in the Chavakacheri sector and recovered a huge haul of arms including sophisticated radar equipment. In the fighting, an airforce MI 24-gunship helicopter was brought down by the Tamil guerrillas over the Kilalli lagoon. The LTTE fighting units have also intensified artillery and mortar attacks on the Sri Lankan army positions and artillery bases in the Thenmarachi sector of the Jaffna peninsula.

78 LTTE cadres, including 31 women fighters have died in the current campaign to liberate the Jaffna peninsula.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom.
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LTTE Headquarters    
Tamil Eelam                
21 December 1999     

TWO MORE MILITARY BASES FALL TO TIGERS: ELEPHANT PASS SOUTHERN DEFENCES COLLAPSE

The well-fortified defences around the southern sector of the Elephant Pass military complex have crumbled following the fall of two more military bases to the LTTE in the area between Paranthan and Elephant Pass.

The Paranthan chemical factory base, which housed the 546 Brigade headquarters and the Kurakkan Kadukulam army camp were brought under the control of the Tamil Tiger fighters after fierce fighting that lasted for several hours yesterday. The stiff resistance of the Sri Lankan troops collapsed as the LTTE fighting units mounted a heavy barrage of artillery and mortar bombardment. When the military buildings collapsed due to the intensity of the shelling, the Sri Lankan troops fled to Elephant Pass central base in total disarray. With the fall of these two bases, the entire Paranthan region, which constituted the southern defence perimeter of the Elephant Pass base complex, has been brought under the control of the LTTE.

Having overrun the naval supply bases and army camps that formed the defence structures of the north-eastern and southern flanks of the massive Elephant Pass base complex, the LTTE fighting units have begun a concerted artillery attack today on the central base camp which houses the military headquarters of the Sri Lankan army's 54 Division.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom.
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LTTE Headquarters    
Tamil Eelam                
27 March 2000           

FIERCE BATTLE BREAKS OUT AT THE GATE OF JAFFNA
LTTE LAUNCHES MASSIVE SEA AND LAND ASSAULT.

Sri Lanka troops suffered heavy casualties as the combat formations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) launched a massive seaborne and land assault simultaneously on Sri Lankan army bases at Thalaiyadi, Chempionpattu, Maruthankerni along the eastern coastal belt of Vadamarachi and at Pallai and Yakachchi closer to Elephant Pass complex.

The LTTE's offensive campaign code-named "Unceasing Waves 3" erupted last night around 9 pm and continues with deadly ferocity in these sectors. Special commando units of the LTTE broke through the army defense lines at Pallai and cutoff the A9 highway (Kandy Road) terminating the land supply route to Yakachchi and Elephant Pass bases. These two strategic bases guarding the gateway to Jaffna are now fully surrounded by LTTE forces.

In another development special commando units of the LTTE stormed the military garrison at Pallai and destroyed the main artillery base and ammunition dump. Eleven heavy artillery pieces were destroyed by explosives.

According to the latest reports LTTE combat units have penetrated through the Sri Lanka army's defence lines at Yakachchi military base. Heavy fighting continues at Yakachchi as the LTTE fighters are pounding the camp with artillery and mortar fire.

On the coastal belt the Tiger units smashed the army defence lines and are advancing towards Thalaiyadi.

The sudden and spontaneous assault by the LTTE's combat formations on several garrisons and bases at the gateway to Jaffna has taken the army by surprise and there was confusion and disarray last night in certain sectors. The LTTE field commanders confirm that the army has suffered heavy casualties and is struggling to remove hundreds of injured soldiers by military helicopters.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom.
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LTTE Headquarters
Tamil Eelam            
29 March 2000       

THALAIYADI- MARUTHANKERNI-CHEMPIANPATTU MILITARY COMPLEX FALLS TO LIBERATION TIGERS

The Sri Lankan army suffered a major debacle as the Thalaiyadi-Marunthankerni-Chempianpattu army complex, the largest and the well-fortified military base in the eastern coastal belt of Vadamarchchi fell to the combat forces of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam today after intense fighting.

Contingents of special Tiger commandos, the elite units of the Liberation Tigers, who established a beachhead near Thalaiyadi coast yesterday, stormed into the base camp last night inflicting heavy casualties on the Sri Lankan troops.

Fierce fighting erupted and continued for more than 12 hours. Overwhelmed by the ferocity of the LTTE assault the troops finally withdrew in total disarray this afternoon at 1p.m. The military complex was housing 1500 well trained troops.

The fall of this major base camp, one of the military strongholds in the gateway to the Jaffna peninsula, poses a major threat to Vadamarachchi and some sectors of Thenmarachchi.

Over 100 soldiers were killed and several hundreds were injured in the battle. 25 LTTE cadres were also killed in the fighting.

The Tamil Tigers have also recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition in the base camp.

In the meantime, fierce fighting continues for the third day today between the combat units of the Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lankan army in the Pallai area where the Tigers have de-linked the main supply route A9 highway (Kandy Road), isolating Elephant Pass and Yakachchi base camps.

Faced with serious logistic problems the Sri Lankan army has been making desperate efforts to dislodge the Tiger commandos who are well entrenched in this area.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom.
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LTTE Headquarters    
Tamil Eelam                
3 April 2000              

SRI LANKAN ARMOURED UNIT DESTROYED
ARMY SUFFERS HEAVY CASUALTIES IN JAFFNA

A well planned offensive assault by the government troops to dislodge the combat units of the Liberation Tigers occupying a section of the A9 highway in the Thenmarachi sector of the Jaffna peninsula ended in a major disaster for the Sri Lankan army last night with heavy loss of life and the destruction of armour.

Over one hundred Sri Lankan soldiers were killed and more than three hundred injured in the fierce fighting that erupted at Muhamalai area about fifteen kilometres from Elephant Pass. Well-armed and well-entrenched special commando units of the Liberation Tigers fought ferociously for six hours beating back the two pronged operation of the government troops. The fighting which began at 3p.m yesterday ended around 9p.m leaving a trail littered with dead soldiers, burning tanks and abandoned arms and ammunition.

An armored unit, which spearheaded the offensive thrust, met with serious debacle. Two main battle tanks were burnt out near the front defense line of the LTTE fighters while another 5 tanks were seriously damaged. The Tamil Tigers have also captured two South African "Buffel" armored vehicles fitted with 50 calibre heavy machine guns. The LTTE fighters have also recovered 25 rifles and 25 bodies of dead soldiers.

Faced with serious logistic problems with the main supply route cut-off from Elephant Pass military complex housing two divisions, the Sri Lankan army has made several futile attempts to overrun the LTTE defense positions on the strategic highway. In the meantime the LTTE has moved its heavily armed combat units in the areas between Eluthumadduval and Pallai and has been consolidating their defense positions.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom.
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LTTE Headquarters
Tamil Eelam            
 18 April 2000          

LTTE LAUNCHES FRESH OFFENSIVE IN JAFFNA: SRI LANKAN ARMY SUFFERS HEAVY CASUALTIES

The Sri Lankan army lost several square miles of territory to the Liberation Tigers and suffered heavy casualties in the fierce fighting that erupted this afternoon and still continues ferociously in the Thenmarachi sector of the Jaffna peninsula. Vast tracts of territory in the Massar and Soranpattu areas between Pallai and Yakachchi have been brought under the control of the LTTE.

The combat formations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) launched a major offensive thrust in the army controlled areas between Pallai and Yakachchi around 1 o’clock this afternoon. Having wiped out several kilometres of the front defence lines of the Sri Lankan troops in the Maser and Soranpattu areas the LTTE forces are advancing deep into the area.

Reports from the LTTE field commanders confirm that the LTTE’s offensive operation has been successful and heavy fighting still continues in that sector. In a meticulously planned assault the LTTE has moved its special commando units across the waterway into southern Pallai from their consolidated positions at Maruthankerni, Thalaiyadi and Muhavil.

According to latest reports from the field a large number of Sri Lankan troops have been killed and a huge quantity of arms and ammunition have been captured. Puthukaddu junction, a strategically important location in that sector has fallen to the LTTE fighters posing a major threat to the A9 highway between Pallai and Yakachchi. Heavy fighting is still raging in the area.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom.
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LTTE Headquarters    
Tamil Eelam                
19 April 2000             

LTTE SCORES MAJOR VICTORY IN JAFFNA BATTLE: MASSAR, SORANPATTU REGIONS OVER-RUN

The LTTE combat formations scored a major military victory in the current offensive campaign in the Jaffna peninsula when they over-ran several camps and military bases of the Sri Lankan troops in the Massar and Soranpattu area between Palai and Yakachi today and took control of a vast tract of territory. Several kilometres of the A9 highway between Pallai and Yakachchi have been cut off and the Yakachchi military base is surrounded by the LTTE forces.

Fierce fighting rages for more than 24 hours when a formidable force of the Liberation tigers consisting of several commando units with the backing of heavy artillery and mortar fire launched a massive offensive assault yesterday afternoon and continued their advance till this evening taking full control of the Massar and Soranpattu regions. Several well-entrenched military bases that formed the buffer zone of the Yakachi-elephant Pass area complex collapsed during the intense fighting last night and today.

Reports from the fighting field confirmed that the Sri Lankan troops fled in total disarray leaving scores of dead soldiers and huge quantities of modern weapons. The LTTE fighters have destroyed several tanks and blown up ammunition dumps in the area. Six kilometres of A9 highway between Pallai and Yakachchi have been brought under the control of our fighters.

With the fall of several well fortified military bases in its proximity and the A9 highway cut-off at two strategic locations, the Yakachchi-elephant Pass base complex is facing a serious threat. Territorially isolated, supply lines cut-off and surrounded by powerful combat formations of the LTTE on all sides, a division of Sri Lankan troops occupying the complex is in serious crisis.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom.
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LTTE Headquarters  
Tamil Eelam              
20 April 2000           

YAKACHCHI MILITAY COMPLEX COLLAPSING: SRI LANKAN ARMY FACES SERIOUS DEBACLE

Yakachchi military base, the last bastian protecting the Elephant Pass Camp, is on the verge of collapse as the combat formations of the Liberation Tigers mounted a massive, multi-pronged assault and over-ran several mini-camps and defence positions on the periphery of this giant complex today.

A large number of Sri Lankan troops were killed and injured as the battle of Yakachchi continued ferociously all day. Dark black clouds enveloped the sky above the base complex as huge ammunition dumps exploded after being hit by the heavy artillery and mortar fire from the LTTE positions.

Yakachchi base complex was isolated and surrounded when the LTTE forces over-ran Massar and Soranpattu areas yesterday and cut off the main supply links with the rest of the peninsula including the rail tracks and gravel lanes. Having pounded the base complex with artillery and mortar bombardment for several hours, LTTE commando units stormed into the peripheral camps this evening. Heavy fighting is still raging in the area.

The fighting in the Thenamarachchi sector, which began at 1p.m on the 18th of this month, continued for the third day today. Large tracts of territory between Elephant Pass and Pallai have already fallen to the Tamil Tigers. The fall of Yakachchi camp complex, that seems to be imminent, will seal the fate of Elephant Pass and open the gateway to Jaffna.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom.
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LTTE Headquarters    
Tamil Eelam                
24 April 2000          

LTTE CAPTURE MASSIVE HAUL OF ARMS INCLUDING LONG RANGE ARTILLERY PIECES

With the military victory in the battle of Elephant Pass a huge array of war materials to the value of several billions of rupees fell into the hands of the Liberation Tigers. The 54 Division of the Sri Lankan army that guarded the giant military complex, left all varieties of heavy weapons, including artillery pieces, intact when they fled the base in total disorder and haste. The capture of these weapons along with high tech communication systems has replenished the armory of the LTTE several fold and enhanced its firepower.

Three long-range 152MM artillery pieces are the significant gain in the booty. Two 122MM artillery pieces and twelve 120MM heavy mortars, one 25MM canon, several 50 caliber guns, hundreds of rocket propelled grenades, thousands of automatic rifles and a vast quantity of ammunitions, including artillery and mortar shells, have been secured by the LTTE. The Tamil Tigers have also captured several armored vehicles, tanks, military trucks, bulldozers and high-tech communication systems. ‘This is an unprecedented haul’, remarked a field commander of the LTTE.

In the battle of Yakachchi and Elephant Pass 35 LTTE cadres were killed.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom.
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LTTE Headquarters    
Tamil Eelam                
30 April 2000             

STRATEGIC TOWN OF PALLAI FALLS TO LTTE: SRI LANKAN ARMY SUFFERS ANOTHER DEBACLE

The combat formations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) overran the massive military base at Pallai, about 15 kilometres north of Elephant Pass, and took control of the town and its surrounding villages today.

The well-fortified and strategically crucial garrison town fell to the LTTE fighters this evening around 6p.m. after 12 hours of ferocious fighting. The special commando units of the LTTE backed by heavy artillery and mortar bombardment launched a multi-pronged attack on the central military base at Pallai in the early hours of the morning. After intense fighting that lasted several hours, the Tamil Tiger commandos stormed into the military base inflicting heavy casualties on the Sri Lankan troops. The LTTE fighting units have also destroyed several mini-camps and the heavily guarded artillery base.

Overwhelmed by the ferocity of the LTTE’s offensive assault, the Sri Lankan troops fled in disorder leaving a large number of dead soldiers in the battlefield. While the troops took flight along Killali route the LTTE fighters advanced further north and forged a link with Tiger cadres occupying the A9 highway at Muhamali, bringing a large track of territory in Thenmarachchi under their control.

According to reports from the battlefield the LTTE fighters have amassed a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from the Pallai military base. With the fall of Pallai town, the Liberation Tigers have secured a strongly entrenched foothold in the Thenmarachci division of the peninsula facilitating their advance towards the capital of Jaffna..

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom.
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LTTE Headquarters    
Tamil Eelam                
10 May 2000              

LTTE’S OFFENSIVE THRUST NEAR JAFFNA TOWN
STRATEGIC NAVATKULI BRIDGE FALLS TO TIGERS

The commando units of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in a dramatic offensive push took control of a section of the strategic Navatkuli bridge barely 3 kilometres from Jaffna town today and cut-off the A9 highway (Kandy Rd) in that sector.

Fierce fighting flared up in the vicinity of Jaffna town when the combat formations of the Tamil Tigers launched a massive offensive assault on three fronts in the early hours of the morning today. Sri Lankan military bases at Thanankilappu, Ariyalai and Navatkuli came under intense fire as the Tiger fighting units opened up heavy artillery and mortar bombardment. According to authentic reports received from the battlefronts, Sri Lankan troops have suffered heavy casualties. Ferocious fighting is continuing in these sectors.

The offensive operation code named ‘Unceasing Waves 3’, resumed today following Sri Lanka government’s rejection of a cease-fire proposal put forward by the Liberation Tigers. The LTTE offered a cessation of hostilities to facilitate the safe evacuation of Sri Lankan troops trapped in the Jaffna peninsula. The government rejected the peace proposal as a ploy of psychological warfare.

The fall of Navatkuli bridge and the bifurcation of the A9 highway near Jaffna town have situated the Sri Lankan troops occupying Tenmarachchi sector in a precarious position.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom.
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LTTE Headquarters    
Tamil Eelam                
10 May 2000              

LTTE UNITS ADVANCING TOWARDS JAFFNA TOWN SRI LANKAN ARMY SUFFERS HEAVY CASUALTIES


In a meticulously planned lightening offensive operation the combat formations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) captured vital strategic locations in the proximity of the Jaffna town today posing a serious threat to the Sri Lankan government troops occupying the peninsula.

In a multi-pronged offensive thrust the Tamil Tiger commando units stormed into the Sri Lankan army’s defence positions in the early hours of the morning at Navatkuli, Ariyalai and Thanankillapu villages in the outskirts of the Jaffna town inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy forces. A two-kilometre stretch of A9 highway (Kandy Road) inclusive of the strategically important Navatkuli bridge has come under the control of the LTTE fighters. At Thanankillappu, the LTTE fighting units have advanced 2 kilometres interior and have launched a massive assault on the main Sri Lankan military base at Kovilkandy junction. At Ariyalai the advancing Tiger troops have occupied Maniyanthoddan after chasing away a detachment of government troops stationed there.

The fighting that flared up in the early hours of the morning in the three sectors continued late last night. Hundreds of troops have been killed and injured, a tank destroyed and armoured vehicles damaged in the heavy fighting.

In the meantime the LTTE has called upon the Tamil civilians residing close to battle areas to move to safer areas and the people are responding. The fall of Navatkuli bridge and the de-linking of the A9 highway have generated severe logistic problems to the thousands of Sri Lankan troops occupying Thenmarachchi division of the Jaffna peninsula. The army has moved reinforcements and heavy fighting is still raging in that area.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom.
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Tamil Eelam              
11 May 2000            

       
LTTE SCORES SPECTACULAR MILITARY GAINS
TWO MAJOR ARMY BASES FALL TO TIGERS

The combat units of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) achieved spectacular military gains in the battle of Jaffna today when they advanced close to the city centre in the Jaffna municipal area and overran two major military bases in the Chavakachcheri sector.

After heavy fighting that continued from early morning till late tonight in the vicinity of the Jaffna municipal area, the LTTE forces have brought under its control the entire Ariyalai region and Columbuthurai jetty. The advancing combat formations of the Tamil Tigers have destroyed several military camps in that sector and are now positioned 1 kilometre from the Jaffna kachcheri, the administrative centre of the city.

In the Chavakachcheri sector the Tamil Tigers overran two massive military bases at Kovilakandy and Thanankillappu today evening after two days of intense fighting. Overwhelmed by the fury of the Tiger assault the Sri Lankan troops gave up their resistance and fled in total disarray. The fall of these strategically crucial military bases has made Chavakachcheri town vulnerable to LTTE assault.

Sri Lankan troops have suffered heavy casualties in the ferocious fighting near the Jaffna city centre and at Chavakachcheri sector. A huge quantity of arms and ammunition has been recovered from the two military bases overrun by the Tigers today.

As the LTTE forces are enclosing towards the heart of Jaffna city and Chavakachcheri town, the political wing of the Tamil Tigers has called upon the Tamil civilian masses to move to safety areas away from battlefronts.

(Released by the International Secretariat of LTTE, 211 Katherine Rd, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom.
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