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Defence

The soldier's moral compass

The speech delivered by Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama at the inauguration of the South Asia Regional Joint Defence International Humanitarian Law Course in Colombo on Monday.

The laws of war today are largely contained in the two Hague Conventions (1899 and 1907) and the four Geneva Conventions of 1949. Those documents have laid down the parameters on how wars can be fought, what weapons can be used and what persons can be attacked.

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How the the Sri Lankn Army Turned the Tide

See Graphical Explanation How the the Sri Lankn Army Turned the Tide

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What’s the LTTE’s gameplan?

Carnage in the South

Scores of people have been killed in the South just in the past month, most of them Sinhalese civilians. The focus of the LTTE's offensive seems to have shifted from the North-East to the South. This is not just a matter of luring the military away from the North, because there has also been a shift from military targets to civilian ones.

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Pasilan 2000

Pasilan 2000, shown in the above picture has been known as a mortar or arti-mortar like the 122mm canon, successor to the ‘BABA mortar’ used by the LTTE for ground operations since 1980s. A factory manufacturing Pasilan 2000 and other IEDs was destroyed in an air-raid on 16th January 2008 at Puthukudiirippu.

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Successes, failures and potential - 60 years after independence

As Sri Lankans we have faced and heard of many victories and debacles in the past. And we continue to hear of the victories of our brave soldiers. How are we performing and where are we heading? These are the views of the present Army Commander and a prominent former Army Commander given to 'Face 2 Face'.
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