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Battle of Vidattaltivu
Part of Sri Lankan Civil War,
2008–2009 SLA Northern offensive
Date July 16, 2008
Location 20 km North of Mannar
Emblem of Sri Lanka Military of Sri Lanka Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
Commanders and leaders
Lt. Gen Sarath Fonseka:
Maj. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya
Brig. Shavendra Silva
Velupillai Prabhakaran

The Battle of Vidattaltivu was a military conflict over the town of Vidattaltivu, Sri Lanka fought by the 58 Division of the Sri Lankan Military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The battle took place on July 16, 2008, part of the Northern Theater of Eelam War IV during the Sri Lankan civil war. The 58 Division victory in the battle marked the first time the Army had been in control of the town in 21 years.[1] According to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence, the town had been the primary base used by the LTTE for its water operations and had also served as their logistics hub, making the taking of the town by the Army a "fatal blow" to the LTTE.[2]

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  1. Reddy, B. Muralidhar (Thursday, Jul 17, 2008). "Strategic Sea Tiger base captured". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  2. "Sri Lankan military captures key northern town". Daily Times. Thursday, July 17, 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 

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