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What’s the future of Ilangai Tamils?

The Sri Lankan Civil War was a conflict fought on the island-nation of Sri Lanka. Begining on July 23, 1983, there was an on-and-off civil war, predominantly between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (the LTTE, also known as the Tamil Tigers), a separatist militant organization which fought to create an independent Tamil state named Tamil Eelam in the north and the east of the island. After a 30-month-long military campaign, the Sri Lankan military defeated the Tamil Tigers in May 2009.

For over 25 years, the war caused significant adversity to the population, environment and the economy of the country, with over 80,000 people officially listed as killed during the course of the war.

The Sri Lanka Army forces have confirmed that the leader of the LTTE, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was killed in the morning of May 18, 2009. The announcement on state television came shortly after the military said it had surrounded Prabhakaran in a tiny patch of jungle in the north-east. The Daily Telegraph wrote that according to Sri Lankan TV, Prabhakaran was “…killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack as he tried to escape the war zone with his closest aides. Colonel Soosai, the leader of his “Sea Tigers” navy, and Pottu Amman, his intelligence chief were also killed in the attack.”

The head of the Sri Lankan army, General Sarath Fonseka, said the military had defeated the rebels and “liberated the entire country”. Military spokesman Brigader General Udaya Nanayakkara confirmed Prabhakaran’s death, saying 250 Tamil Tigers were also killed overnight.They were all hiding and fighting from within a zone that was designated for civilians only.

General Sarath Fonseka on May 19, 2009, confirmed that the body of Prabhakaran, had been found. The LTTE chief’s body was found by the 53 Division troops led by Major General Kamal Goonarathne.

As this the Course of the detail in short, What’s the future of Ilangai Tamils?


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