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Endgame in Sri Lanka?

May 14, 2009

The LTTE might be inching toward final defeat in one of Asia’s longest civil wars:

Sri Lankan Army units advanced on the two-square-mile coastal strip from the south, north and west, forcing the rebels into an ever-smaller sliver of jungle, palms and sand, the military said. More than 1,000 civilians waded across a shallow lagoon under rebel fire, the military said in a statement, and hundreds more fled across land to the north.

Still, it’s exceedingly difficult to determine the veracity of these government reports, as journalists can’t get into the combat zone to accurately determine them.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. mamadooque permalink
    May 15, 2009 2:37 am

    I think it’s unrealistic to believe that this is the end of the LTTE. The LTTE is the most sophisticated, and one of the most consistently funded terrorist groups in the world, the SL military has a weak grasp of counter-insurgency tactics, and the government has made no effort to address the grievances of the Tamil population.

  2. aperitz permalink*
    May 15, 2009 8:45 am

    That’s a good point – LTTE, as a terrorist organization still packs a lot of financial and military firepower. However, what they are losing now (for everyone to see, even their support base) is physical control of territory that usually suggests things aren’t going so well. But yes, the essential grievances that drove the insurgency in the first place have yet to be addressed.

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