Friday, November 14, 2008

Troops move across the A-9

Heavy fighting as Army closes in on Kilinochchi and Pooneryn

As the Sri Lankan Armed Forces are getting closer to their next target to capture the last sea base held by the LTTE in the western flank of the A-9 road (Jaffna-Kandy), the newly formed offensive unit Task Force III for the first time marched across the A-9 road at Kokavil and moved deep into the Mullaitivu area amidst heavy resistance from the Tigers.

Last week, troops under the direction of Task Force III Brigade Commander Brigadier Satyapriya Liyanage advanced their defences more than two kilometres into the eastern flank of the A-9 road in Kokavil. The LTTE using their maximum firepower continued to put-up heavy resistance against the advancing troops, as the fall of the area was a heavy loss for the Tigers.

Starting on November 2, the Task Force III made tremendous advancements since then inflicting heavy damages to the Tigers. Ground information revealed that fighters of the ‘Charles Anthony’ and ‘Malathee’ brigades of the LTTE were also called to the area in order to stop the military advances. Full Text