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April 24, 2000 | Associated Press
Government troops Sunday girded for what was expected to be a bloody battle for control of Jaffna, a strategic stronghold that rebels are determined to recapture. State-run radio here in the capital appealed to people to donate blood, apparently fearing heavy casualties in the fight for Jaffna, which the military captured from the rebels 4 1/2 years ago. The report said 500 people had already lined up to donate blood.
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September 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
A Sri Lankan ship carrying more than 1,200 government troops survived a suicide attack Sunday, fighting off a flotilla of Tamil Tiger guerrilla boats in a fierce sea battle. At least 11 soldiers were killed and 47 wounded before the rebels were driven back, the Defense Ministry said. An additional 12 soldiers were missing after the fighting, which the military said killed 15 rebels.
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May 12, 2000 | From Associated Press
Tamil Tiger rebels said Thursday that they were closing in on Jaffna, while Sri Lankan jets stepped up bombing sorties on guerrilla positions. "Sri Lankan soldiers! You are occupying our land," Voice of Tigers rebel radio broadcast. "Our cadres are advancing. We will capture Jaffna. You must surrender or withdraw." The broadcast, monitored in the northern town of Vavuniya, said the rebels had captured Kolombuthurai and Maniyathotam, barely half a mile from Jaffna.
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May 12, 2000 | From Associated Press
Tamil Tiger rebels said Thursday that they were closing in on Jaffna, while Sri Lankan jets stepped up bombing sorties on guerrilla positions. "Sri Lankan soldiers! You are occupying our land," Voice of Tigers rebel radio broadcast. "Our cadres are advancing. We will capture Jaffna. You must surrender or withdraw." The broadcast, monitored in the northern town of Vavuniya, said the rebels had captured Kolombuthurai and Maniyathotam, barely half a mile from Jaffna.
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May 7, 2000 | From Reuters
The government said Tamil Tiger rebels were raining artillery and mortar fire on troops Saturday as the military strengthened defenses to beat back an advance by the guerrillas on the northern Jaffna peninsula. A government statement said the air force had bombed rebel positions north and south of Elephant Pass, the peninsula's gateway that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam overran last month. It said troops also fired long-range mortars while patrols went out ahead of the defense lines.
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July 27, 1996 | Associated Press
Sri Lanka's military, seeking to avenge its worst defeat in 13 years of civil war, sent jet fighters, field guns and tanks on a new offensive Friday against Tamil guerrilla strongholds in the northern jungles. Fifteen soldiers were killed and 60 were wounded as the forces marched to within about 3 1/2 miles of Kilinochchi, the town that has become the main base of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, military officials said. Most of the rebels and many civilians appeared to have fled the town.
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November 30, 1991 | Associated Press
Tamil rebels ambushed a group of soldiers Friday in Batticaloa district in eastern Sri Lanka, killing 14 Sinhalese troops and injuring 11 others, military officials said. In retaliation, the soldiers later shot and killed at least 20 rebels in the same area, the officials said.
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March 7, 1997 | From Associated Press
Hundreds of rebels attacked an army base and an air force headquarters simultaneously Thursday, the military said, leaving at least 213 people dead. "Ground troops confirmed that more than 160 [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] were killed in the attack on Vavunativu army base," the military said in a statement. At least 48 soldiers also died in the attack by about 800 rebels on the base 135 miles east of Colombo, it said. More than 80 soldiers were wounded.
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September 30, 1996 | From Associated Press
Government soldiers crushed stiff rebel resistance and captured a Tamil guerrilla stronghold in northern Sri Lanka, capping a fierce eight-day battle that has left nearly 900 people dead, the military said Sunday. Troops entered the town of Kilinochchi, 170 miles northeast of Colombo, the capital, and were clearing land mines and booby traps, said Defense Ministry spokesman Brig. Sanath Munasinghe. "We are in the process of clearing and consolidating in Kilinochchi," Munasinghe said.
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August 30, 1995 | Reuters
A Sri Lankan ferry carrying 120 passengers from the east coast to the rebel-held north went missing after Tamil Tiger rebels attacked two naval vessels, the leader of a Tamil party in Colombo said today. The Irish Mona was traveling from the eastern port of Trincomalee to Karainagar on the northwest island of Karaitivu, Eelam People's Democratic Party leader Douglas Devananda said.
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May 7, 2000 | From Reuters
The government said Tamil Tiger rebels were raining artillery and mortar fire on troops Saturday as the military strengthened defenses to beat back an advance by the guerrillas on the northern Jaffna peninsula. A government statement said the air force had bombed rebel positions north and south of Elephant Pass, the peninsula's gateway that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam overran last month. It said troops also fired long-range mortars while patrols went out ahead of the defense lines.
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April 24, 2000 | Associated Press
Government troops Sunday girded for what was expected to be a bloody battle for control of Jaffna, a strategic stronghold that rebels are determined to recapture. State-run radio here in the capital appealed to people to donate blood, apparently fearing heavy casualties in the fight for Jaffna, which the military captured from the rebels 4 1/2 years ago. The report said 500 people had already lined up to donate blood.
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August 23, 1997 | From Associated Press
Government troops claimed Friday to have captured nearly half a strategic town held by Tamil rebels in the fourth day of heavy fighting that has claimed more than 340 lives in northern Sri Lanka. Sixty rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and 16 soldiers were killed Thursday, and 100 guerrillas and 31 government troops were wounded, military spokesman Maj. Kumar Dewage said. Other officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said 46 soldiers had been killed.
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March 7, 1997 | From Associated Press
Hundreds of rebels attacked an army base and an air force headquarters simultaneously Thursday, the military said, leaving at least 213 people dead. "Ground troops confirmed that more than 160 [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] were killed in the attack on Vavunativu army base," the military said in a statement. At least 48 soldiers also died in the attack by about 800 rebels on the base 135 miles east of Colombo, it said. More than 80 soldiers were wounded.
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September 30, 1996 | From Associated Press
Government soldiers crushed stiff rebel resistance and captured a Tamil guerrilla stronghold in northern Sri Lanka, capping a fierce eight-day battle that has left nearly 900 people dead, the military said Sunday. Troops entered the town of Kilinochchi, 170 miles northeast of Colombo, the capital, and were clearing land mines and booby traps, said Defense Ministry spokesman Brig. Sanath Munasinghe. "We are in the process of clearing and consolidating in Kilinochchi," Munasinghe said.
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July 27, 1996 | Associated Press
Sri Lanka's military, seeking to avenge its worst defeat in 13 years of civil war, sent jet fighters, field guns and tanks on a new offensive Friday against Tamil guerrilla strongholds in the northern jungles. Fifteen soldiers were killed and 60 were wounded as the forces marched to within about 3 1/2 miles of Kilinochchi, the town that has become the main base of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, military officials said. Most of the rebels and many civilians appeared to have fled the town.
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April 30, 1995 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a sharp and sudden escalation of Sri Lanka's ethnic blood bath, Tamil separatists used surface-to-air missiles for the first time to shoot down two air force transport planes, killing 97 people, officials said Saturday. The back-to-back air disasters Friday evening and Saturday in the rebel-controlled Jaffna peninsula were unexpected proof that government forces in the Indian Ocean island nation no longer have unchallenged mastery of the skies.
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September 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
A Sri Lankan ship carrying more than 1,200 government troops survived a suicide attack Sunday, fighting off a flotilla of Tamil Tiger guerrilla boats in a fierce sea battle. At least 11 soldiers were killed and 47 wounded before the rebels were driven back, the Defense Ministry said. An additional 12 soldiers were missing after the fighting, which the military said killed 15 rebels.
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November 28, 1995 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Sri Lankan army's plan was for "Operation Sunshine" to have scored a decisive victory by now. Instead, the nation's civil war is slogging grimly on, with many doubting that even a knockout success by government forces will end the bloodshed any time soon. On Monday, 42 days into an offensive launched by the army to capture the Tamil rebels' northern heartland and the coastal city that has been their de facto capital for five years, the advance had visibly slowed--and perhaps stalled.
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August 30, 1995 | Reuters
A Sri Lankan ferry carrying 120 passengers from the east coast to the rebel-held north went missing after Tamil Tiger rebels attacked two naval vessels, the leader of a Tamil party in Colombo said today. The Irish Mona was traveling from the eastern port of Trincomalee to Karainagar on the northwest island of Karaitivu, Eelam People's Democratic Party leader Douglas Devananda said.
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