Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tiger rebels 'near extinction': Sri Lanka govt

(yahoo)COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas are "near extinction" as troops press home their initiative after capturing the rebels' political capital, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

Government forces have advanced towards the final remaining strongholds of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) since the Tigers' headquarters at Kilinochchi fell on Friday.

Troops were also close to taking a key land route to the northern peninsula of Jaffna, and have made progress in securing the strategic Elephant Pass, the ministry said. Full Text