AAVA Terrorist Evolution Similar to EROS Terrorist Group
Posted on November 20th, 2016
What happens in northern Sri Lanka today is very similar to the happenings in late 1970s leading to full-scale war. Eelam Revolutionary Organisation of Students (EROS) was the first organized terrorist group in Sri Lanka. It was formed out of intellectuals and as the name goes Tamil adult students.
EROS was formed in 1975 in London by Tamil intellectuals. It recruited Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka growing into a large organization. In order to gain weapons and terrorist training, it pretended to stand up for Muslims in the east and the north. Using its pretended Muslim concerns, it managed to establish links with Abu Jihad group of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). At that time they were the world’s leading terrorists. EROS quickly got a few of its batches trained in terrorism. In fact, it was EROS that arranged for the initial terror training of LTTE, TELO, PLOTE and EPRLF leaders to get trained in Palestine.
EROS carried out terror attacks in northern Sri Lanka in late 1970s and early 1980s. Tamil civilians succeeded to evict Sinhala students from the Jaffna University in August 1977. Working in tandem with armed terrorists, they became a conduit between the civilian and armed wings of Tamil terrorist groups. It later evolved into ‘Makkal Padai’ (people’s brigade) of the LTTE.
AAVA terrorist group has followed the same tactic. Its first attack was on Sinhala students of the Jaffna University in 2016. Then it increased its terror activities using motorbike squads.
Demilitarisation of the north and disarming EPDP paramilitary group immensely helped AAVA terrorists. Influence by AAVA terrorists, Tamil youth engaged in various illegal activities. Tamil policemen shot dead 2 of these leading to disturbances in the north. According to news reports, by mid-November over 35 suspected Tamil youth have been arrested in connection with the terrorist group. Just as EROS, AAVA terrorists are also funded by the LTTE Rump. However since 1982 close to a million Tamils migrated to western nations mostly exploiting refugee visas. It gives AAVA terrorists a better financial clout than EROS could imagine. This is yet another tactic of middle eastern terrorists that trained EROS.
However, the bigger danger is, if AAVA group seeks assistance from middle eastern terrorist groups as its predecessor EROS did, the whole episode will be turned much worse. Despite USA, UK, France and Russia battling Islamic groups in two small countries in the Middle East, no progress has been achieved. If Tamils make a temporary tie up with them, that will cause immense difficulties for the Sri Lankan government. In reciprocation, they may assist Jihad groups to infiltrate into India (Khorasan in their jargon).
LTTE Rump has enough cash to pay for weapons. Although Tamil international weapons network was dismantled in 2009 with the arrest of its innovative leader KP, Tamils can rely on IS and other middle eastern terrorist groups (as they did in 1975) to build a terror network.
AAVA group could not have found a better time to launch its activities than during Sirisena-Ranil rule. They came to power thanks to the Tamil block vote. As a result, they have a soft corner for Tamil terrorism. Extreme Hindu nationalist sentiments in India also help their cause. This conducive environment will see the terror group rapidly expanding locally and internationally. Tying terrorism to refugee visa was a very successful, mutually reinforcing tactic LTTE and EROS used. AAVA group will follow it. This tactic not only gives it millions of dollars in donations and business, but also helps galvanize Tamil civilian support.
Faced with the AAVA terrorist threat, the government made an idiotic decision to remove Tuan Salley from the head of Directorate of Military Intelligence. He is a proven successful operator in keeping a tab on Tamil terror developments. His removal will massively impact national security. Unless unforeseen circumstances intervene, Sri Lanka will have full blown war once again as Tamil terrorism is on the rise already.