Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sri Lanka rebels say kill 51 troops but army says lost 7

By C. Bryson Hull

COLOMBO (Reuters) -- Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said they killed 51 soldiers while repelling an army assault, a pro-rebel website reported Saturday, in an account which the military rejected.

The rebel claim comes as Sri Lanka's military, energized by two major strategic victories since the new year, is converging on the Tiger's final strongholds across a small wedge of northeastern Sri Lanka, to finish a war that started in 1983. Full Text