MEA BRIEF (DELETED) FOR 19 SEPTEMBER 1986

Created: 9/19/1986

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TAM 11 IHSUACENTS ANO COVERHnlHT FORCES HAVE BEEN EMBROILED IN HEAVY FIGHTING FOB THE PAST WEEK IN SRI LANKA'S STRATEGICAllV IMPCHt*NT EASTEAN PROVIHCE. THE INSURGENTSiAIOGE TO THE BATTICALOA PENINSULA LAST SATURDAY. HAMPERING IHE FLOW flf CIVILIAN TRAITIC AHO fOOO TO BATTI CALOA, IHE AREA'S MAJOR CITY. fMHkifjHkMt THE GOVERNMENT IS MAKING CONTINGENCY PLAWS TO SUPPl

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i.: INTENSIFIED FICHTIHC SUGGESTS THE INSURGENTS ARE TRYING TO STaTnGTHEN THE IA POSITION IK THE EASTEACE ACCORD IS CONCLUOEO. THE MILITANTS PROBABLY HOPE TO EMBARRASS THE GOVSAWMfNI ANO STIR UP POPULAR DISCONTENTISRUPTING TRANSPORT ANO TRAFFIC IN THE AREA. THE COVIRNMENT IS INrtEOI ATE DANGEROSING BATTI CALOA, BUT MAY FINO IT INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO ENSURE ADEQUAU SUPPLIES TO THE CIVILIAN POPULATION AND TO TROOPS IN THE AREA.

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--IRAQ CLAIMS IT ATTACKED REMAINING OIL TERMINALS AT IRAN'ISLANO YESTEROAY . l SUING MOREH ITION AGAINST TARGETS IN NORTHERN GULF

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OPPOSITION POSTPONING NEW PROTEST CAMPAIGNCT OB IA . . . TRYING TO OVERCOMENAL . DlSCIPl WEAKNESSESS REVEALED OUR ING AUGUST CAMPAIGN LEO BY BEHAZI GIVES GOVERNMENT TIME TO TAKE PREEMPTIVE MEASURES.

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REBEL LEADER YESTERDAY VOWED PUBLICLY TO CONTINUE ATTACK INC BEIRAM CORRIDOR TO ZIMBABVf . .ARGETS INCLUOE OIL PIPELINE. RAIL. ROAD LINKS . . TTACKS HAVELITTLE DAMAGE BUT UNDERSCORE VULNERABILITY Of CORRIDOR.

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