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US Naval Special Warfare Unit conducts further training for Sri Lankan troops

The US Naval Special Warfare Unit held further training sessions for Sri Lankan navy soldiers in Trincomalee last week, as engagement between the two militaries continues to grow despite a lack of accountability for war crimes committed by Sri Lankan troops.

According to the Sri Lankan navy the training “focused on some essential elements of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), mission planning and detainees handling techniques under critical situations”.

The latest training program is part of closer military relations between the US and Sri Lanka, despite criticism of American military engagement given continued reports of human rights abuses committed by Sri Lankan troops and a lack of accountability for war crimes committed by the military at the height of the armed conflict.