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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2792

Sri Lanka Army to march towards Elephant Pass soon

By Ruwan Weerakoon from Colombo

Colombo, 23 January, (Asiantribune.com): With the intention of marching towards Elephant Pass to seize control of the areas under the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam, Sri Lank Army has adopted a new operation tactics and strategically approach successfully in their latest war experiment.

Sri Lanka Army is said to be now determined to mobilize and enter into major onslaughts initially in the vulnerable Tiger controlled areas in Vanni in the Northern Province and according to set- plans, armed forces are engaging the LTTE fighters almost in all fronts.Damaged LTTE bunker in Muhamalai Damaged LTTE bunker in Muhamalai

As the Army has opened several battle fronts all over the LTTE controlled areas in Vanni, the demoralized LTTE with its limited number of cadres are forced to spread thinly and are fighting their lives out to stop the advances of Sri Lanka armed forces into their areas.

On 21st early morning, around 2.30 am from Muhamalai, Nagarkovil and Kilali Forward Defense Lines, Sri Lanka troops moved ahead.

Defense analysts said by these experimental attacks, Army had given a clear signal that they will be marching soon towards Elephant Pass, supported by Air Force and Navy.

Prior to launching the attack, according to the instruction of Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka, Jaffna Security Force Commander Major General G.A. Chandrasiri summoned a conference of Jaffna region field commanders at the Palaly Military base.

53 (GOC) Brigadier Samantha Suriyabandara and his Deputy 55 (GOC) Brigadier Kamal Gunarathne and battle hardened brigade commanders, Air Mobile Brigade Commander Colonel Shantha Dissanayake, 552 Brigade Commander Colonel Kapila Udalupola, 553 Brigade commander Colonel Athule Koddipili, 551 Brigade Commander Nissankae Ranawake and artillery Brigade commander Brigadier Mahinada Hathurusinghe as well as engineering officers were present at the top secret conference.

The topic of the conference was invasion of LTTE's First Defense Line and how to cause maximum damage to LTTE, and returning back to base. Officers discussed the mode of the operation, plans and decided to adopt a new strategy and tactics.

Accordingly, on 21st early morning, around 2.30 am, from Muhamalai, Nagarkovil and Kilali Forward Defense Lines, Sri Lanka troops ventured into LTTE controlled FDL positions. The area was pitch dark and selected soldiers crawled close to the enemy line and kept rest of the battle hardened troops behind as supportive forces to monitor the LTTE movements and to check in case of any breach of the FDL.

LTTE carders who were taken by surprise and shock, never thought that the army would advance without their knowledge towards their First Defense Line.

According to ground assessment, command troops moved towards LTTE First Defense Line and opened fire from RPG (Rocket Propel Grenades) to LTTE bunkers located in the three areas - Muhamalai, Nagarkovil and Kilali.

At the same time, troops requested artillery support to bomb the LTTE Second Defense Line. When army attacked the LTTE Second Defense Line, LTTE wasn't able to send reinforcements and artillery support on a big way.

Even then, LTTE too fired 81mm motors. Due to mortar attack two soldiers were killed and 9 soldiers sustained injuries.

In the meantime, Sri Lanka Army was able to destroy 24 well-constructed LTTE bunkers in Muhamalai, Nagarakovi and Kilali.

A battle front officer said he had seen many LTTE bodies lying scattered in and around the destroyed bunkers. According to LTTE transmission reports many LTTE cadres died in this battle.

With strategic and tactical planning of military operations, Army minimized death and casualties and maximized death and causalities of the enemy, a senior military officer from Jaffna said.

However earlier in 2006 October and 2007 November, when Sri Lanka Army was waging battles with the LTTE, Army suffered deaths and casualties. It is said that the Army officials learned from their mistakes and implemented new strategies and tactics in their last operation.

In this operation Army gave a clear signal that they will advance toward a very important strategic point - Elephant Pass.

Waiting for the LTTE cadresWaiting for the LTTE cadres

Destroyed LTTE Bunker in KilalyDestroyed LTTE Bunker in Kilaly

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