Thursday, November 13, 2008

Army eyes Pooneryn as Tigers retreat on all fronts

The fall of Pooneryn would be a reality soon. Once the Task Force I (TF I) cuts off the road stretch between Pooneryn and Kilinochchi, the LTTE wouldn’t have any other option but to vacate Sangupiddy. This would pave the way for restoration of the causeway between the Vanni mainland and the Jaffna peninsula.

It would mark the completion of an unbelievably tough task undertaken by the TF I commanded by Brigadier Shavindra Silva. When the TF I reached the Jaffna lagoon, it would speed up the collapse of LTTE resistance west of the A9 road. The TF I’s progress would also facilitate the offensive action carried out by the 57 Division deployed in its right flank. The 57 Division is heading towards Kilinochchi.

The TF I, operating north of Chempankundu is about seven kilometers south of Pooneryn. It had gained control over a 75 kilometre stretch of the 82 kilometre Mannar-Pooneryn A-32 road. Full Text