September 10, 2008
- Where Eagles Dare – inside report on a (British) operation in Afghanistan to transport several tons of equipment on roads controlled by the enemy to install another turbine to the Kajaki dam.
- WSJ: Pentagon Cancels Tanker Competition – after the contest was reopened in early August the competition will now be delayed. Despite the urgent need for new tankers.
- Al Jazeera: Sri Lanka orders aid workers out – they are actually moved from the north of the island where the government started a new offensive to get back control over territories ruled by the Tamil Tigers.
- RIAN: Russian army adopts new reconnaissance drones
The Sri Lankan civil war has its 25 years anniversary and fighting still continues. The Sri Lankan Army started a new offensive in January and made some progress. The Army now claims to have captured the town of Mallavi which lies on a strategic important main road. The de-facto capital of the Tamil Eelam Kilinochchi is now "surrounded". The Sri Lankan Defence Ministry said that it wants to capture city before the end of the year.
The Tamil Tigers are a very versatile Guerilla group. In some way they are a little bit like a real army. They have their own Navy and even a tiny Airforce. But they are also very good at fighting Guerilla wars with suicide bombers and stuff. So when the Sri Lankan Army takes Kilinochchi this by far doesn’t mean that the Sri Lankan civil war will end after 25 years. It probably just means that we just have to face a 50s anniversary (and so on).
In 1998 the Sri Lankan Army already tried to capture Kilinochchi but failed.
August 8, 2008
The Sri Lankan Army claims to close in on Tamil Tigers in the North of Sri Lanka. The Tamil Tigers fight for 25 years to gain an independent Tamil state in Sri Lanka. Last week the Sri Lankan Army claimed to have entered the de-facto capital of the Tamil Tigers.