Sri Lankan troops take more Tiger basesSri Lankan troops captured several Tamil Tiger supply bases on Friday, a day after overrunning the rebels' last and largest naval base A naval base primarily for support of the forces afloat, contiguous to a port or anchorage, consisting of activities or facilities for which the Navy has operating responsibilities, together with interior lines of communications and the minimum surrounding area necessary for local , military officials said.
Troops seized a large quantity of automatic assault rifles A
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka, Ceylon - a republic on the island of Ceylon; became independent of the United Kingdom in 1948 (LTTE) in the district of Mullaittivu, an official said.
"Clearing operations are now under way," the official said, adding that troops were consolidating their hold on the Chalai Sea Tiger base, which was taken on Thursday.
With the fall of Chalai, the Tigers only have access to 20 kilometres (12 miles) of coastline in the northeastern district of Mullaittivu.
Military officials said the total area under rebel control had shrunk to just 200 square kilometres Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of the SI unit of surface area, the square metre, one of the SI derived units. 1 km² is equal to:
Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapakse on Wednesday declared that he was hopeful of crushing the cornered guerrillas in a "few days."
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (srē läng`kə) [Sinhalese,=resplendent land], formerly Ceylon, ancient Taprobane, officially Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, island republic (2005 est. pop. has brushed aside international calls for a ceasefire and vowed to finish off the guerrillas, who have been leading a campaign for a separate state for minority ethnic Tamils since 1972.
There has been growing concern for the safety of civilians amid reports from the International Committee of the Red Cross
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a private humanitarian institution based in Geneva, Switzerland. that "hundreds" have already been killed.