March towards victory
LTTE cornered in Mullaitivu
After the opening of A9 road and the fall of Elephant Pass, the LTTE
is virtually trapped in a corner mainly within the Mullaitivu district.
The LTTE is facing the brunt from seven divisions of the Sri Lanka Army,
i.e. 55 and 53 Divisions of the Northern front, 58, 57, 59, Task Force
03 and 04 from the Vanni front.
At the moment 53 and 55 Divisions commanded by Brigadiers Kamal
Gunaratne and Prasanna de Silva respectively are heading towards south
from Elephant Pass while troops attached to the 58 Division commanded by
Brigadier Shavendra Silva is moving towards East with the capture of
Murasumoddai late last week.
The 57 division, commanded by Major General Jagath Dias, heads
towards the East targeting Mullaitivu. Presently 57 Division is located
in Iranamadu with the Iranamadu Tank being the boundary.
Task Force 03 Commanded by Brigadier Sathyapriya Liyanage operates
from the Ampakamam East directed towards the Mullaitivu area. Task Force
04, commanded by Colonel Nishantha Wanniarachchi located North of
Oddusudan lies in the South West direction of the 59 Division.
The 59 Division commanded by Brigadier Nandana Udawatta is directly
aiming at Mullaitivu, lying in the Mulliyawalai area South of Mullaitivu.
With these developments, the Sri Lanka Navy has increased their defence
in depth in support of the progressing ground troops.
Covering the areas immediately close to the coastal line, the Navy
small attack craft patrol continuously while the Offshore patrol vessels
monitor and safeguard the deep sea. Another line of Navy craft are
patrolling in between these two lines in order to fully secure the
waters from fleeing LTTE cadres and other infiltrators.
In support of the ground troops Sri Lanka Air Force continues their
sorties towards LTTE defences and strategically important locations of