Sunday, December 7, 2008

Troops make further gains in march to Kilinochchi

  • Sleuths bust plot to assassinate VIP; Tiger team nabbed after dare-devil car chase
  • Rain deals blow to both the Army and the LTTE; thousands of cattle die and mines washed away
By Iqbal Athas

(ST)One of the misfortunes of the intelligence community worldwide is how their reported failures reach the public domain in large measure than their successes.

There are many occasions when timely warnings have prevented assassinations, attacks and other catastrophe. However, in a service where the hallmark is secrecy, not all the instances become public knowledge.

There was an exception in Sri Lanka barely two weeks ago. Days ahead of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran's "Maveerar" ("Great Heroes") Day speech on November 27, the guerrillas had sought to create a backdrop fraught with danger. This included plans to cause bodily harm to Government leaders including VVIPS. Warnings had arrived even from foreign intelligence channels. A series of drastic preventive measures followed in some cases. For obvious reasons startling details cannot be revealed. Full Text