Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Our troops better than US army: Minister

By Kelum Bandara & Yohan Perera

Environment Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday told parliament the security forces were marching forward victoriously on seven fronts in the Wanni operations, and their performance was much better than the US army’s fight against the guerillas in Afghanistan. The minister who spoke during the Budget debate said nobody could stop the

forward march of the security forces. He said the United States with a defence budget of US$350 billion had failed to crush the Taliban guerillas with their artillery guns and aerial bombing but our security forces were successfully blunting the military prowess of the LTTE.

The minister said some elements projected LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran as a warlord who could never be defeated, but the security forces had destroyed this myth. Full Text