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21 February 2009 Military News

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  • Sri Lanka: UN official urges Government, rebels to put an end to civilian deaths UN News Centre 21 Feb 2009 -- The top United Nations humanitarian official today urged combatants on both sides of the battle ravaging the northern Vanni region of Sri Lanka to make greater efforts to stop the rising toll of civilian casualties and to protect the people trapped in a small pocket of land held by rebel fighters.
  • Top UN official in the DR Congo welcomes release of two hostages UN News Centre 21 Feb 2009 -- The two Congolese men, Georges Shanyungu and Célestin Bamwisho, who were kidnapped while working in the eastern province of South Kivu on the UN-supported Amani disarmament programme, were released yesterday in good health.
  • Tamil Tigers Claim Successful Strike on Sri Lankan Capital VOA 21 Feb 2009 -- Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka say their suicide air raid on the capital, Colombo, Friday was a success, though both pilots missed their intended targets.
  • Tamil Tigers Launch Suicide Air Raid on Sri Lankan Capital VOA 21 Feb 2009 -- At least three people are dead and 48 injured in an air raid on the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo Friday night carried out by Tamil Tiger rebels who appear to be on the brink of defeat in their 25 year war for a separate homeland.
  • India expresses concern over LTTE air raids over Colombo IRNA 21 Feb 2009 -- Expressing concern over the latest turn of events in Sri Lanka, particularly the air raids by LTTE over Colombo, India Saturday appealed to the government and the militant organization to come to a peaceful negotiated settlement.
  • Sri Lanka air strikes were suicide attacks: LTTE IRNA 21 Feb 2009 -- Sri Lankan rebels, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Saturday said that the air strikes carried out by it over capital Colombo killing two people and injuring 54 others were suicide attacks by its elite 'Black Air Tiger' squad.
  • LTTE planes bomb Sri Lankan capital IRNA 21 Feb 2009 -- Two LTTE aircraft reportedly attacked the Sri Lankan Army's headquarters and a government building in the high security zone, forcing the authorities in Colombo to activate air defense systems and shut down power supply in national capital.
    One of the planes was shot down by the counter-fire by Lankan Air Force.
  • 64 Russian soldiers killed, 283 wounded in last year's Georgia war RIA Novosti 21 Feb 2009 -- A total of 64 Russian soldiers were killed and 283 wounded in the war with Georgia in 2008, a deputy Russian defense minister said Saturday.
  • Lebanese Rocket Fire Raises Tension on Israeli Border VOA 21 Feb 2009 -- Lebanese security sources say Israel has fired artillery shells into southern Lebanon, after three rockets were fired toward Israel from Lebanon. Israeli sources say one of those rockets landed in northern Israel and wounded three people. Lebanese rocket fire is raising tension on the border with Israel.

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