Best Rocket Propelled Grenade Man we ever had


"The guy would take out bunkers with one shot" we were told. From the rest of the recollections you could practically see him taking aim, rock steady in the hell of jungle firefights. When we meet him, the calmness is still there. A fit man, on the way towards his late twenties. He is confidently … Continue reading Best Rocket Propelled Grenade Man we ever had

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Post War Sri Lanka – sampling the discussion


Discussion of post war Sri Lanka these days is careening all over the place as it should. The hardest task will be for the government to map out policies and processes into post war reconciliation/reconstruction modes. The hard work is I hope going on quietly. At some point the Sri Lankan Diaspora (note lack of ethnic specifics) will … Continue reading Post War Sri Lanka – sampling the discussion

Documentary: Special Task Force Sri Lanka on you tube


Documentary about Sri Lanka's Special Task Force (STF) is available on Youtube - many thanks to Lankika who kindly posted the links in a comment. The documentary is part of a series called "Chris Ryan's Elite World Cops" aired on the Bravo channel. This episode of the documentary follows ex SAS member Chris Ryan interviewing … Continue reading Documentary: Special Task Force Sri Lanka on you tube

Paranthan/Nevil war zone Google Earth view


Google Earth image below shows part the open terrain around Nevil in Northern Sri Lanka. As the world celebrates Christmas lots of humans from a volunteer army are fighting a crumbling terrorist death cult in the torrential rain soaked terrain shown below. The Defencewire blog has a post covering the details. For those looking for … Continue reading Paranthan/Nevil war zone Google Earth view

Soldiers’ stories


"Their bodies were stacked and burnt like fire wood". It was about first JVP Insurrection in 1971. The old solider had said it in quiet matter-a-fact Sinhala, looking at something invisible and far away. The words and the moment are among the fragments I can remember. The details of the story, like most childhood memories, … Continue reading Soldiers’ stories

Donating artificial limbs to war veterans


Mallikarama Temple, Ratmalana held its monthly donation of artificial limbs to disabled war veterans on Saturday (24th Nov. 2007). The programme has been held every full moon (poya) day since 1995. The event is short a simple affair - conducted after the evening's usual religious ceremonies were over. The gathering consists of the donors, the … Continue reading Donating artificial limbs to war veterans