Sri Lanka faces a grim new year

[ The Guardian ] The loss of Kilinochchi, its capital, is a major blow to the Tamil Tiger movement fighting for autonomy in the Sinhalese-dominated country. But the army’s success in capturing the town yesterday does not mark the death of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Kilinochchi was the LTTE’s political headquarters, strung…

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Revealed: Tamils’ terrifying plight

[Guardian] Behind a wall of censorship horrendous battles are under way in northern Sri Lanka. The details are unclear since no independent reporters have been allowed access, and both sides — the government army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam — give out bombastic and unverifiable casualty figures. But through the fog of war…

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