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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

LTTE links to al-Qaeda -- International Institute ..........

[b]LTTE links to al-Qaeda -- International Institute for Strategic Studies confirms Asian Tribune report[/b]

[b]Colombo, 30 June, ( [/b] In its latest report, the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies has confirmed the earlier report (first published in the Asian Tribune) linking the LTTE to al-Qaeda.

Asian Tribune reported the connection in its edition of June 15, 2005. It was revealed by Dr. Subramanian Swamy, the former Law and Commerce Minister of India, Leader of the Janatha Party and a visiting Professor at Harvard

In a wide-ranging interview with the Asian Tribune he linked the LTTE to al-Qaeda. The following excerpt from the Asian Tribune (June 15, 2005) reveals the connection:

Question :Recently, you made a press statement on the security threat posed by the LTTE's new air and sea power. You had also criticized in the state the Indian government for its lukewarm attitude. Could you please throw more light on the issue?

Dr. Subramanian Swamy : The LTTE "navy" and "air force" is illegal and clandestine. The LTTE had connections with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan in 1997-98. It launders narcotics trade money through it's Eelam "Bank". Most of all, it is anti-India because of it's training to all terrorists organization operating in India, such as ULFA, Naxalites etc., and provides all kinds of nefarious patronage to Tamil chauvinists such as MDMK, DK and PMK, and has corrupted Dalit organizations.

The prestigious International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), in its report released last Tuesday, is now inclined to accept LTTE's links to al-Qaeda.

Highlighting the LTTE suicide attacks the IISS publication “Military Balance 2005-2006”states in a chapter titled "Non-State Armed Groups" that the LTTE has possible links to al-Qaeda. Four years ago this think-tank detected and alerted the global community about the smuggling and installation of light aircraft by the LTTE. Military observers have concluded that these light aircraft could pose a threat to India as well.

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