The smaller LTTE Iranamadu airstrip (Google Earth images as of 2003-2005) is not hot news right now and hopefully won’t be. This post was inspired by a well written article by Dheshapalana which has a strategic point of view (two very rare qualities when it comes to writing about “the war”).
The image below shows the location of this airstrip in relation to the other Iranamadu airstrip (which is featured in an older post)
The wikimapia location is already marked and littered with the usual futile screaming.
The grid refs are:
There is much talk third airstrip near Pilaikudirippu supposedly “south-east of the second airstrip” (one of the two Iranamadu locations) which doesn’t seem to be on Google satellite images since those are from around 2003-2005.
To add to the confusion there’s supposed to be another airstrip around Pudukuduiruppu supposedly “about 26 km northwest of Mullaitivu” that should be in the images. But after much zooming around I havn’t been able to locate it. Maybe its recent too but this HTML version of a PDF article on Google cache seems to say that it was being developed in 2005. Maybe the satellite images are older.
Another issue with locating these places is that English does some horrible mangling when it comes to transliterating Sinhala and Tamil names. But that’s going off course. The Centre for Information Recources Management (CIRM) has some helpful maps. Most resent (as of this post) are administrative maps of the Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts. They have maps of other places as well.
The other geoblogs are in the archives.