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August 9, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Sri Lanka's ruling coalition has won the first postwar elections, held near the island's former battlefields. An ethnic Tamil party seen as a front for the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels came in second. According to state television, President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling coalition has won the Jaffna town council, securing 13 of the 23 seats, and the pro-rebel Tamil National Alliance won eight seats. The Tamil party won the Vavuniya town council, taking five of the 11 seats, and the ruling party won two. The victory in Jaffna, the heartland of the country's ethnic minority Tamils and birthplace of the insurgency, will give the government a chance to claim it as an endorsement.
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August 9, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Sri Lanka's ruling coalition has won the first postwar elections, held near the island's former battlefields. An ethnic Tamil party seen as a front for the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels came in second. According to state television, President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling coalition has won the Jaffna town council, securing 13 of the 23 seats, and the pro-rebel Tamil National Alliance won eight seats. The Tamil party won the Vavuniya town council, taking five of the 11 seats, and the ruling party won two. The victory in Jaffna, the heartland of the country's ethnic minority Tamils and birthplace of the insurgency, will give the government a chance to claim it as an endorsement.
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NEWS
October 18, 1987
Indian troops breached the perimeter of Jaffna city but met heavy resistance and sniper fire from Tamil rebels in fortified bunkers and trees in the Sri Lankan city, an Indian spokesman said. The official said five Indian soldiers were killed and three were wounded while clearing booby traps and bunkers on the eastern fringe of the city, where fighting was continuing.
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May 13, 2000 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tamil Tiger rebels rolled into the city of Jaffna on Friday, forcing government troops to retreat and marking a tenuous but dramatic victory in this island nation's long civil war. Troops with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, fighting for an independent state for minority Tamils since 1983, entered their cultural capital and met little resistance from government soldiers.
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August 4, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Sri Lanka's most powerful Tamil guerrilla leader told a rally attended by 100,000 people in the northern city of Jaffna today that his fighters will surrender their weapons, official sources reported. Velupillai Prabhakaran, 33-year-old head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, said his group took up arms out of concern for the Tamil people and were laying them down for the same reason. "We are surrendering arms for their sake," he was quoted as saying.
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November 24, 1986 | From Reuters
India has told Sri Lanka that military operations against Tamil rebels last week in which civilians were killed or wounded could hinder negotiations to end the island's ethnic conflict, officials said Sunday. Jyotindra Dixit, India's high commissioner in Colombo, said he told President Junius K. Jayewardene at a meeting Saturday night that military activity against civilians would not help plans under negotiation.
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July 15, 1986 | From Reuters
The main opposition party Monday rejected a government-proposed plan to end the island's bloody ethnic conflict. The decision by the Freedom Party not to support the plan came as President Junius R. Jayewardene prepared for a second round of discussions here with moderate Tamil politicians.
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May 18, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunmen shot and killed the mayor of Jaffna, a former Tamil rebel stronghold, in an ambush at her home. Mayor Sarojini Yogeswaran, the first Jaffna mayor elected in 15 years, was meeting with townspeople when two men burst into her house and fired 10 shots, said V. Ananda Sagari, a spokesman for her moderate political party. Yogeswaran, 63, a Tamil, had turned down government offers of protection. The government blamed the attack on the Tamil rebels. No group has claimed responsibility.
NEWS
October 11, 1994
Sri Lanka's government and Tamil insurgents meet face to face this week for the first time in four years to see if they can negotiate an end to the island nation's murderous ethnic strife. More than 34,000 people have perished in the 11-year-old struggle by armed militants from the Hindu Tamil minority to carve out an independent homeland in the north and east of the predominantly Buddhist island.
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October 23, 1987 | Associated Press
Tamil guerrillas fought fiercely Thursday for their last major stronghold in Jaffna after Indian soldiers isolated groups of separatists, an Indian official said. A spokeswoman for the Indian Embassy said the soldiers were moving slowly in some sectors of the northern city because of booby-trapped houses and mined streets. It was the 12th day of an offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Tamil minority's main fighting force against the Sinhalese-dominated government.
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May 12, 2000 | From Associated Press
Tamil Tiger rebels said Thursday that they were closing in on Jaffna, while Sri Lankan jets stepped up bombing sorties on guerrilla positions. "Sri Lankan soldiers! You are occupying our land," Voice of Tigers rebel radio broadcast. "Our cadres are advancing. We will capture Jaffna. You must surrender or withdraw." The broadcast, monitored in the northern town of Vavuniya, said the rebels had captured Kolombuthurai and Maniyathotam, barely half a mile from Jaffna.
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May 11, 2000 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Led by waves of suicide bombers, Tamil Tiger guerrillas in Sri Lanka reached the gates of Jaffna on Wednesday, squeezing thousands of government troops and setting the stage for a climactic battle in the country's long civil war. The rebels, who are seeking an independent homeland, claimed to have captured an important bridge that is within artillery range of the government's Palali air base near Jaffna.
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May 9, 2000 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sri Lanka's leaders spurned a cease-fire offer Monday that would have allowed them to evacuate thousands of government troops under siege by separatist guerrillas on the Indian Ocean island. The rejection came hours after the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who are battling for a separate homeland, proposed a halt in the fighting to allow Sri Lankan troops to retreat from the city of Jaffna with "dignity and honor."
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May 18, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunmen shot and killed the mayor of Jaffna, a former Tamil rebel stronghold, in an ambush at her home. Mayor Sarojini Yogeswaran, the first Jaffna mayor elected in 15 years, was meeting with townspeople when two men burst into her house and fired 10 shots, said V. Ananda Sagari, a spokesman for her moderate political party. Yogeswaran, 63, a Tamil, had turned down government offers of protection. The government blamed the attack on the Tamil rebels. No group has claimed responsibility.
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January 28, 1998 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dr. Peter Meade pedals his bicycle to work and points out the sights along the way. "That building was bombed," he says as he tools down Jaffna's cratered, rubble-strewn streets. "There," Meade says, gesturing toward a wall shot so many times it looks like a waffle. "Some guy had fun with a machine gun." Meade turns a corner, pedals. "This is the train station," Meade says, pointing to a collapsed building. "There are land mines in there. It's a landmark--of sorts."
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November 28, 1995 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Sri Lankan army's plan was for "Operation Sunshine" to have scored a decisive victory by now. Instead, the nation's civil war is slogging grimly on, with many doubting that even a knockout success by government forces will end the bloodshed any time soon. On Monday, 42 days into an offensive launched by the army to capture the Tamil rebels' northern heartland and the coastal city that has been their de facto capital for five years, the advance had visibly slowed--and perhaps stalled.
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October 14, 1987 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
Indian infantry, sometimes using tanks to blast through rebel bunkers, inched slowly into the northern city of Jaffna from four directions Tuesday, hoping to capture the last stronghold of Tamil Tiger guerrillas by the weekend, Indian officials said here.
NEWS
May 13, 2000 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tamil Tiger rebels rolled into the city of Jaffna on Friday, forcing government troops to retreat and marking a tenuous but dramatic victory in this island nation's long civil war. Troops with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, fighting for an independent state for minority Tamils since 1983, entered their cultural capital and met little resistance from government soldiers.
NEWS
October 11, 1994
Sri Lanka's government and Tamil insurgents meet face to face this week for the first time in four years to see if they can negotiate an end to the island nation's murderous ethnic strife. More than 34,000 people have perished in the 11-year-old struggle by armed militants from the Hindu Tamil minority to carve out an independent homeland in the north and east of the predominantly Buddhist island.
NEWS
October 23, 1987 | Associated Press
Tamil guerrillas fought fiercely Thursday for their last major stronghold in Jaffna after Indian soldiers isolated groups of separatists, an Indian official said. A spokeswoman for the Indian Embassy said the soldiers were moving slowly in some sectors of the northern city because of booby-trapped houses and mined streets. It was the 12th day of an offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Tamil minority's main fighting force against the Sinhalese-dominated government.
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