US report confirms LTTE network active

LTTE FlagDespite its military defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankan government in 2009, the LTTE’s international network of sympathizers and financial support still persists, a US State Department report said.

The annual Country Report on Terrorism for 2014 was released yesterday (Friday) by the US State Department.

The report noted that there have been no known attacks in Sri Lanka that could verifiably be attributed to the LTTE since the end of the war, but a total of 13 LTTE supporters, several of which had allegedly planned attacks against U.S. and Israeli diplomatic facilities in India, were arrested in Malaysia in 2014.

The report noted that in the past the LTTE was responsible for an integrated battlefield insurgent strategy that targeted key installations and senior Sri Lankan political and military leaders.

It conducted a sustained campaign targeting rival Tamil groups, and assassinated Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of India in 1991 and President Ranasinghe Premadasa of Sri Lanka in 1993. Although most notorious for its cadre of suicide bombers, the Black Tigers, LTTE also had an amphibious force, the Sea Tigers, and a nascent air wing, the Air Tigers. Fighting between the LTTE and the Sri Lanka government escalated in 2006 and continued through 2008.

In early 2009, Sri Lankan forces recaptured the LTTE’s key strongholds, including their capital of Kilinochchi. In May 2009, government forces defeated the last LTTE fighting forces, killed LTTE leader Prabhakaran and other members of the LTTE leadership and military command, and declared military victory.

Meanwhile, the report also noted that in March 2014, the government announced it had designated 16 organizations and 422 individuals as terrorist entities and/or facilitating terrorist financing designed to help revive the LTTE. The Sri Lankan government did not provide information regarding criteria for designation or any supporting evidence.

A team from the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Director’s office, which visited Sri Lanka in October 2014, expressed concerns the designation process may not have met UN standards. (Colombo Gazette)

6 COMMENTS

  1. Mangala Samaraweera has been with LTTE more than 15 years. Ranil knows it.Tamil diaspora never made a statement saying that they have given up EELAM dream. Mangala and Ranil inviting them. I rather have Mahindha Rajapaksa as Prime minister.

  2. The U.S. report was released on Friday, 29th June 2015, but relates to the situation in 2014.

    The Tigers produced deadly suicide bombers. A social group has to be made desperate to engender (young) people willing to lay down their lives.

    Let us hope that the new Maithri dispensation has already changed the outlook; I’m for persisting with the new strategy!

  3. Thanks to Us for bringing up the news. Minister Mangala Samaraweera is aware all these as he has very close associations with LTTE and Tamil Diaspora. Minister Rajitha is a like a full time member of LTTE for long period of time. So how do we expect any resistance from Sri Lanka if Yahapalana Government does not have an interest to go against LTTE grouping again.

  4. LTTEs plant attacks against US, but yet the almighty Uncle Sam can’t curb Tiger activities against it in its own soil. Uncle Sam can learn a lot from SL on how to eradicate terrorism. 14 years after 9/11, US still haven’t fully eradicated Taliban, Al Qaeda etc
    What a shame!

  5. Remember, India created the Tamil armed groups, but the West has supported and sustained the bloody civil for decades. The West must do this in the developing countries to dominate others.

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