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The Sri Lanka Army has expanded the sole intelligence battalion of the Military Intelligence Corps into six battalions to face future threats and to make sure that a situation similar to what the country underwent in the recent past would not take place again.

“If we have a stable and a strong intelligence network facing internal or external threats it will not be a difficult task. It can be from anybody but when our network is strong, we are more secure,” Military spokesman Brigadier Nihal Hapuarachchi said.

He said that the Army is not 100 percent certain of some elements in the Tamil Diaspora as well as former LTTE cadres so therefore the threat comes from them also remain large.

“We do not want to have the same situation we faced and dealt with in the past. The regiment commander is authorised to communicate with the intelligence officers under the directions of the head of the Military Intelligence Directorate,” he said.

“We have placed these battalions in Security Forces Headquarters that we have covering the country,” Brigadier Hapuarachchi said.

When asked about the strength of the newly formed battalions he said that he cannot give a specific number. The battalions are represented by personnel from all the regiments.

Recently, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa also speaking at the opening ceremony of the new Security Forces Headquarters Complex in Kilinochchi said the military intelligence apparatus has been expanded for external and internal threats.

“Some LTTE cadres escaped capture in Sri Lanka. Those LTTE members as well as the Diaspora have teamed up together and are working to destabilise the country and resurrect their ruthless organisation,” he said.

“Because of these concerns, Military Intelligence Corps had to be increased to six battalions from the original one to two battalions. The surveillance therefore has to be sustained at all times,” the Defence Secretary noted. (Supun Dias)

  Comments - 4

  • anura Saturday, 29 October 2011 07:55 AM

    Good on you Gota. You know what is needed to be done to keep terrorism away from our shores. If there were couple of more people like you dedicated to the job, Sri Lanka would have been truely a wonderful place long time ago.

    Fjosephm Saturday, 29 October 2011 10:02 AM

    It is a very wise and an appropriate move by Srilankan defence establishment headed by the defence secretary.Terrorists (LTTE) will operate from another country.They are capable of doing any diabolical thing,are capable of using even drones.They have bought the politicians in the west.They will pull wool over the eyes of the western politicians as they have already done in the UK.They will do all the frauds,credit card frauds,drug deals sell weapons to any other organisations.They will do CYBER attacks to Sri Lankan financial and other establishments.Already they have done.See the CH4 video,they bought everyone.Sri Lankan defences,k establishment has to be very alert,as they will cause our politicians to fight among themselves.

    ana saha boga Saturday, 29 October 2011 02:01 PM

    It's a good move to prevent from the big problum we ever had. it will be further appritiated if they can find the people who bitray the country by giving false aligations to seek asylum in UK and other countries. good luck and well done SL forces .

    nimal Saturday, 29 October 2011 04:49 PM

    Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, my name is Nimal living in Canada, I truly, appropriate, your excellent leadership skills as well as intelligence skills, but still we need coast guard, units, the units, must have base around the island, which can monitor any illegal acctivites, in the same time we shoud have each provice its own police, beside the city police where they could monitor, road and hwyway, once agian thanks you for much doing such great service to our nation

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