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January 1, 1987 | From Reuters
The largest Tamil separatist group in Sri Lanka will set up a civil administration this week in its northern stronghold of Jaffna in a direct challenge to the island's government, a spokesman for the group said Wednesday. Kanagaratnam, better known by his alias Raheem, deputy commander in Jaffna of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, refused to disclose exactly when or where the office would be established and said by telephone from Jaffna that there would be no ceremonial opening.
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December 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
Government forces raiding a rebel camp killed 18 fighters, all but four of them girls, in a gun battle Sunday on the Jaffna peninsula, an official spokesman said. Child soldiers were leading the fighters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam near the camp in Navatkuli, 12 miles north of the city of Jaffna, a Defense Ministry spokesman said. Soldiers discovered after the gun battle that most of the dead guerrillas were children.
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August 21, 1988
Nine guerrillas were killed in Sri Lanka and more than 200 were captured by Indian peacekeeping forces in a major assault on rebel positions in the north, security sources said in Colombo, the capital. The operation against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was conducted in the jungle region of Vavuniya, 150 miles north of Colombo.
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May 19, 2000 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Tamil separatists sweep toward victory on the battlefield, they are beginning to cleanse their land of the people who were once their neighbors. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who have won a series of victories against Sri Lankan forces in recent weeks, are stepping up attacks against ethnic Sinhalese civilians living in the region that the rebels claim as their homeland.
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September 29, 1998 | Associated Press
Fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels has left 237 combatants dead in the past two days, the military said. "Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has confirmed 194 of their cadres [were] killed," the military said in a statement Monday. Forty-three soldiers were killed and 110 wounded in the fighting. The fighting began Sunday morning when Tamil Tiger rebels attacked soldiers near the military-controlled town of Paranthan.
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September 5, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Tamil Tiger rebels fired mortar shells on the strategic Palali air force base in the rebel-held north of Sri Lanka, military sources said. A policeman and a civilian reportedly were killed and 11 people wounded in the attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross said the Tigers had promised not to harm the 144 hostages they have held since hijacking a ferry last week.
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December 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
Government forces raiding a rebel camp killed 18 fighters, all but four of them girls, in a gun battle Sunday on the Jaffna peninsula, an official spokesman said. Child soldiers were leading the fighters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam near the camp in Navatkuli, 12 miles north of the city of Jaffna, a Defense Ministry spokesman said. Soldiers discovered after the gun battle that most of the dead guerrillas were children.
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August 30, 1995 | Reuters
A Sri Lankan ferry carrying 120 passengers from the east coast to the rebel-held north went missing after Tamil Tiger rebels attacked two naval vessels, the leader of a Tamil party in Colombo said today. The Irish Mona was traveling from the eastern port of Trincomalee to Karainagar on the northwest island of Karaitivu, Eelam People's Democratic Party leader Douglas Devananda said.
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July 15, 1995 | From Associated Press
Tamil separatists struck back at advancing Sri Lankan troops Friday by ransacking two military camps, downing a warplane and killing at least 45 soldiers. Officials said at least 600 rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam attacked troops in northern territory that the military had captured since its largest offensive in eight years began Sunday. Relying on darkness, the Tigers overran two military camps and stole most of their weapons, army sources said on condition of anonymity.
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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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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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September 29, 1998 | Associated Press
Fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels has left 237 combatants dead in the past two days, the military said. "Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has confirmed 194 of their cadres [were] killed," the military said in a statement Monday. Forty-three soldiers were killed and 110 wounded in the fighting. The fighting began Sunday morning when Tamil Tiger rebels attacked soldiers near the military-controlled town of Paranthan.
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February 3, 1996 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Gami Dharmapale, who missed being at the site of this capital's huge truck bombing Wednesday by just 10 minutes, the explosion vaporized any remaining confidence he had in the government. "Yes, there is a way to stop such things," the tour guide said, nodding at the charred ruins in which 76 people are known to have died and more than 1,270 were injured. "But to do it, you've got to stop sitting on the fence.
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September 5, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Tamil Tiger rebels fired mortar shells on the strategic Palali air force base in the rebel-held north of Sri Lanka, military sources said. A policeman and a civilian reportedly were killed and 11 people wounded in the attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross said the Tigers had promised not to harm the 144 hostages they have held since hijacking a ferry last week.
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August 30, 1995 | Reuters
A Sri Lankan ferry carrying 120 passengers from the east coast to the rebel-held north went missing after Tamil Tiger rebels attacked two naval vessels, the leader of a Tamil party in Colombo said today. The Irish Mona was traveling from the eastern port of Trincomalee to Karainagar on the northwest island of Karaitivu, Eelam People's Democratic Party leader Douglas Devananda said.
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July 15, 1995 | From Associated Press
Tamil separatists struck back at advancing Sri Lankan troops Friday by ransacking two military camps, downing a warplane and killing at least 45 soldiers. Officials said at least 600 rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam attacked troops in northern territory that the military had captured since its largest offensive in eight years began Sunday. Relying on darkness, the Tigers overran two military camps and stole most of their weapons, army sources said on condition of anonymity.
NEWS
August 21, 1988
Nine guerrillas were killed in Sri Lanka and more than 200 were captured by Indian peacekeeping forces in a major assault on rebel positions in the north, security sources said in Colombo, the capital. The operation against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was conducted in the jungle region of Vavuniya, 150 miles north of Colombo.
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