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January 17, 2001 | From Associated Press
Government troops launched a huge offensive Tuesday to recapture a Tamil rebel stronghold in northern Sri Lanka, deploying planes and tanks in the attack. At least 22 rebels, 18 soldiers and one civilian were killed, and 89 soldiers were wounded in the first 11 hours of fighting, military spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne said. "We have recovered 22 bodies of terrorists, and there will be more," Karunaratne said.
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January 17, 2001 | From Associated Press
Government troops launched a huge offensive Tuesday to recapture a Tamil rebel stronghold in northern Sri Lanka, deploying planes and tanks in the attack. At least 22 rebels, 18 soldiers and one civilian were killed, and 89 soldiers were wounded in the first 11 hours of fighting, military spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne said. "We have recovered 22 bodies of terrorists, and there will be more," Karunaratne said.
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June 6, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Separatist Tamil Tiger rebels claimed to have killed at least 100 soldiers in the latest fighting in northern Sri Lanka, and army officers said more than 400 soldiers were wounded. President Chandrika Kumaratunga ordered that all news reports on Sri Lanka's civil war be cleared by military censors. Earlier, the guerrillas' clandestine radio said they had lost 20 fighters as they beat back a government offensive Thursday.
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October 8, 2000 | From Associated Press
Government soldiers repelled a Tamil Tiger rebel attack on a northern army base, leaving 33 people dead, a government spokesman said Saturday. At least 30 rebels and two soldiers were killed and 11 soldiers were wounded during the fighting in Jaffna Peninsula, government spokesman Ariya Rubasinghe said. One civilian was killed by rebel shelling. The Tamil Tiger rebels did not immediately offer any statement.
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October 8, 2000 | From Associated Press
Government soldiers repelled a Tamil Tiger rebel attack on a northern army base, leaving 33 people dead, a government spokesman said Saturday. At least 30 rebels and two soldiers were killed and 11 soldiers were wounded during the fighting in Jaffna Peninsula, government spokesman Ariya Rubasinghe said. One civilian was killed by rebel shelling. The Tamil Tiger rebels did not immediately offer any statement.
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May 6, 2000 | From Associated Press
Thousands of Sri Lankan troops fanned out Friday to defend their hold on the former rebel capital, a day after the government imposed censorship on foreign media and gave the military wide powers to help fight Tamil insurgents. The government's Information Department said the military successfully repulsed several rebel attempts to breach the defense line. Ariya Rubasinghe, director of information, said two soldiers were killed and one wounded in the latest fighting.
NEWS
August 9, 1992 | From Associated Press
The general leading the war against Tamil separatists was killed Saturday along with nine other top military officers when their vehicle was blown up by a land mine, officials said. The deaths dealt a potentially severe blow to the military's morale, which recently had been boosted by a series of victories over the rebels, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. A London-based spokesman for the Tigers, Lawrence Thilakar, claimed responsibility for the blast.
NEWS
July 13, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Tamil rebels overran a Sri Lankan army camp and killed 58 soldiers, military officials said. It was the first major victory for the insurgents since fighting resumed last month. The deaths raised to 2,300 the number of combatants killed in the monthlong fighting.
NEWS
July 21, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Government troops unearthed the bodies of 110 policemen in a mass grave in eastern Sri Lanka, a Defense Ministry statement said. The policemen had surrendered to rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam last month after the guerrillas rejected a 13-monthlong cease-fire with government forces. The officers had been shot a single time in the head, the statement said. Meantime, a senior police official said that 45 policemen escaped from rebel captivity Tuesday after killing three guerrillas.
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July 15, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Rebels stopped three buses and gunned down at least 35 Muslim passengers in eastern Sri Lanka, Defense Ministry officials in Colombo said. Defense Ministry officials said the rebels stopped the buses near the town of Kalmunai. Muslim politicians put the number of dead at 150. According to residents of Kalmunai, the killings were intended as a warning to Muslims not to help soldiers hunt for hide-outs of Tamil rebels, who are fighting for an independent state in northeastern St Lanka.
NEWS
May 9, 2000 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sri Lanka's leaders spurned a cease-fire offer Monday that would have allowed them to evacuate thousands of government troops under siege by separatist guerrillas on the Indian Ocean island. The rejection came hours after the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who are battling for a separate homeland, proposed a halt in the fighting to allow Sri Lankan troops to retreat from the city of Jaffna with "dignity and honor."
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May 6, 2000 | From Associated Press
Thousands of Sri Lankan troops fanned out Friday to defend their hold on the former rebel capital, a day after the government imposed censorship on foreign media and gave the military wide powers to help fight Tamil insurgents. The government's Information Department said the military successfully repulsed several rebel attempts to breach the defense line. Ariya Rubasinghe, director of information, said two soldiers were killed and one wounded in the latest fighting.
NEWS
June 6, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Separatist Tamil Tiger rebels claimed to have killed at least 100 soldiers in the latest fighting in northern Sri Lanka, and army officers said more than 400 soldiers were wounded. President Chandrika Kumaratunga ordered that all news reports on Sri Lanka's civil war be cleared by military censors. Earlier, the guerrillas' clandestine radio said they had lost 20 fighters as they beat back a government offensive Thursday.
NEWS
January 20, 1998 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this smashed and ruined city, the Sri Lankan army has launched an offensive notable less for its savagery than for its sweetness. Troops deployed to crush a festering ethnic revolt pause to pass out cricket bats to schoolkids. They take sensitivity training and study the language of their Tamil foes. A soldiers choir serenades the locals at Christmastime.
NEWS
July 23, 1996 | From Associated Press
Under heavy fire, government warships Monday ferried several hundred infantrymen toward a key northern military base that Tamil rebels claim to have overrun. The reinforcements were to join commandos flown in earlier by helicopters to lift the five-day siege on the Mullaittivu camp, one of the bloodiest battles of Sri Lanka's 13-year-old civil war. The rebels are seeking an independent Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka's north and east.
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August 9, 1992 | From Associated Press
The general leading the war against Tamil separatists was killed Saturday along with nine other top military officers when their vehicle was blown up by a land mine, officials said. The deaths dealt a potentially severe blow to the military's morale, which recently had been boosted by a series of victories over the rebels, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. A London-based spokesman for the Tigers, Lawrence Thilakar, claimed responsibility for the blast.
NEWS
July 26, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Government troops have captured two towns just south of rebel-held Jaffna Peninsula, opening a major road into the stronghold of Tamil militants, military officials said. At least 96 of the separatist rebels and 13 soldiers were killed in the three-day operation, which gave the government control over Paranthan and Kilinochchi. Kilinochchi is linked by highway to the town of Jaffna, where the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is headquartered.
NEWS
August 4, 1991 | From Associated Press
Government troops broke a rebel siege Saturday and reinforced a strategic army camp at this island's northern extreme, military officials said, completing a 25-day jungle offensive in which hundreds of troops and rebels were killed. Almost immediately after the troops entered Elephant Pass army camp, helicopters landed to evacuate some of the 55 wounded soldiers, officials said. At least 18 soldiers were in serious condition.
NEWS
June 16, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Senior government officials visited eastern Sri Lanka to investigate a reported massacre by army troops. The troops reportedly went on a rampage after two soldiers died in a land mine blast, shooting, hacking and beating minority Tamils. The number reported killed ranged from 52, the military's figure, to more than 150 given by a member of Parliament from Batticaloa, near the two villages attacked. President Ranasinghe Premadasa expressed shock and sorrow at the killings.
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