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THE LIBERATION TIGERS ARE HAVING LINKS WITH FOUR OTHER TERRORIST GROUPS SAYS SUNDAY TIMES
By Walter Jayawardhana reporting from Los Angeles
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam through its London office has forged links with other terrorist groups for training and expertise, reported the Sunday Times .
The London weekly , which carried the story by its defense correspondent , James Clark, said the Sri Lankan terrorist group, the Tamil Tigers forged its links with the ETA terrorist group in Spain and the PKK terrorist group in the Middle East among its other relations.
The newspaper in its August 19 2001 issue in a news story entitled , "Killing in Company; Terrorism Goes Global", said the Tamil Tigers received Stinger missiles from the PKK also known as the Kurdish Workers Party. The PKK is also named as a terrorist group together with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) by the US State Department. Both groups jointly challenged the US law on foreign terrorist groups unsuccessfully in the past in the US courts.
The activities of the PKK is spread across many countries in the Middle East including Turkey, Iraq and Iran where varied populations of Kurds are found. The Sunday Times said the Tamil Tigers gained a number of Stinger missiles in the early 1990ís through the Kurds . The CIA originally supplied the Kurds with the Stinger Missiles, the report said, to be used against the Iraqi government.
The Spanish terrorists ETA, which the Times said is linked to the Tamil Tigers is a Basque separatist group, which is currently carrying on a bombing campaign to hurt Spainís tourist industry. A young British woman was among 13 people injured when an ETA car bomb exploded outside a tourist hotel in Spain, August 18. The bomb went off in a stolen Renault left in a car park. In London, the recent bombs planted by the real IRA in Ealing and outside the BBC White City Headquarters were fired with detonators smuggled out of Serbia with the aid of ETA, the Times reported.
The Sunday Times report also said the Tamil Tigers are having close links with the Lebanese terror group FARL also known as Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Faction through the small Armenian terror group Armenian Secret Army for the liberation of Armenia (ASALA). The Armenian group is a Marxist Leninist terrorist gang formed in 1975.
" As a result of this increased cooperation between global terrorist groups," the Sunday Times said, "government agencies which were once suspicious of one another during the cold war now work together on a daily basis. Only last week it emerged that the intelligence services of both Israel and India Ėnot obvious allies- were cooperating to stem what they regard as a joint threat from Islamic terror."
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