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December 25, 1987 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
As an actor, he played in 130 movies in which he was always the hero, never the heavy. They were nearly all romantic sagas about brave, honest men fighting against daunting odds for the honor of women, most often, mothers. As a politician, he was the undisputed leader of a state with a population nearly as great as that of France. Indeed, some of his opponents accused him of tyranny equal to France's Bourbon kings.
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April 29, 2001 | From Associated Press
Tamil Tiger guerrillas claimed to have inflicted "a humiliating military debacle" on government troops Saturday, driving them out of newly captured territory in a battle that has left hundreds dead. A Defense Ministry statement confirmed that government troops had pulled back to their original positions in Eluthumadduval, 18 miles east of Jaffna, in the face of heavy rebel shelling. According to the government, three days of fighting have left 157 soldiers dead and 860 wounded.
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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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April 12, 2001 | From Reuters
The Sri Lankan government said Wednesday that it will free 10 Tamil Tiger rebels in a first-time move seen as an effort to push forward a Norwegian-brokered peace process to end nearly two decades of ethnic war. The decision was announced just before the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year this weekend. In addition to giving the names of the rebels to be freed, a government statement said the military would observe a limited truce to mark the holiday.
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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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June 4, 1987 | Associated Press
An Indian fishing fleet carrying relief supplies for Sri Lanka's besieged Tamil minority faced Sri Lankan gunboats at sea for five hours Wednesday and then turned back, officials said. Neither side agreed to board one of the other's vessels, so negotiations were conducted by shouting across the water, said Gopalswami Parthasarthy, an Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman. The ministry condemned rejection of the aid by Sri Lanka, the island nation off the southern tip of India.
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August 19, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
President Junius R. Jayewardene blamed Sinhalese terrorists Tuesday for an attack earlier in the day in a Parliament meeting room that killed one lawmaker and injured 14 but left him unharmed. At least one assailant hurled grenades into the conference room on Tuesday morning, failing in an apparent bid to assassinate the president. Some accounts indicated there were multiple attackers and that automatic weapons were used. Other reports put the number of wounded at 16. No arrests were made.
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July 16, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
Less than a day after the military ended its biggest offensive in eight years against Tamil rebels, the guerrillas sank a Sri Lankan ship with two underwater mines at a naval base in the northern Jaffna peninsula early today, military sources said. Eight sailors were injured--two critically--aboard the command ship Edithara when scuba divers infiltrated the base at which the warship was berthed and exploded two mines on its hull, an official said.
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October 28, 1989 | Reuters
This country, where more than 15,000 people have died in six years of ethnic turmoil, said it will ban sex and violence from state-owned television next year, a deputy minister said Friday. "Many programs we have now come from the West and are not suitable to our culture," A.J. Ranasinghe, State Minister for Information, said at a news conference.
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March 29, 2000 |
More than 200 Sri Lankan troops and Tamil rebels have been killed in pitched artillery battles north of a key military base, the Defense Ministry said. Ground troops estimate that more than 150 Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels were killed as the guerrillas tried to push north of Elephant Pass, the ministry said.
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January 19, 2001 | Associated Press
The government said Thursday that it was willing to resume peace talks if Tamil rebels came up with a "substantial proposal" to end Sri Lanka's 17-year-old civil war. The offer came as the government continued a major offensive to retake Elephant Pass, which links Jaffna peninsula in the north with the rest of the island nation. The military said it captured a rebel armory after killing six guards Thursday.
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January 17, 2001 | From Associated Press
Government troops launched a huge offensive Tuesday to recapture a Tamil rebel stronghold in northern Sri Lanka, deploying planes and tanks in the attack. At least 22 rebels, 18 soldiers and one civilian were killed, and 89 soldiers were wounded in the first 11 hours of fighting, military spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne said. "We have recovered 22 bodies of terrorists, and there will be more," Karunaratne said.
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December 27, 2000 | From Associated Press
Eight civilians belonging to this country's minority Tamil ethnic group were found in a mass grave in the northern Jaffna peninsula a week after they were detained by soldiers, military officials and a Tamil rebel Web site said Tuesday. Eight soldiers and an officer were arrested. The bodies, which included that of a 5-year-old boy, were discovered buried in the village of Thenmaradchi on the war-racked peninsula Monday, military spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne said.
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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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December 22, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Sri Lankan troops launched an offensive against Tamil Tiger positions today, hours after the rebels had declared a unilateral cease-fire to push forward a peace initiative. Military officials said troops began advancing in the northern Jaffna peninsula for their second operation against the rebels in a week. The Tamil rebels had announced a monthlong cease-fire beginning at midnight Christmas Eve as a goodwill measure and called on the government to reciprocate.
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December 17, 2000 | From Reuters
Government troops overran Tamil rebel positions in the northern Jaffna peninsula Saturday in an offensive that left heavy losses on both sides, a military spokesman said. "So far, we know that 26 terrorists were killed and 34 were wounded," Brig. Sanath Karunaratne told reporters in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital. He added that one officer and 11 soldiers were killed and 32 wounded in the operation, which captured about four square miles of territory from the rebels near Jaffna city.
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April 29, 2001 | From Associated Press
Tamil Tiger guerrillas claimed to have inflicted "a humiliating military debacle" on government troops Saturday, driving them out of newly captured territory in a battle that has left hundreds dead. A Defense Ministry statement confirmed that government troops had pulled back to their original positions in Eluthumadduval, 18 miles east of Jaffna, in the face of heavy rebel shelling. According to the government, three days of fighting have left 157 soldiers dead and 860 wounded.
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January 19, 2001 | Associated Press
The government said Thursday that it was willing to resume peace talks if Tamil rebels came up with a "substantial proposal" to end Sri Lanka's 17-year-old civil war. The offer came as the government continued a major offensive to retake Elephant Pass, which links Jaffna peninsula in the north with the rest of the island nation. The military said it captured a rebel armory after killing six guards Thursday.
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October 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A suicide bomber blew himself up in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, killing two other people and wounding 21, including three Americans. The military said the bomber was a Tamil Tiger rebel who hoped to attack members of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Cabinet. The president campaigned for parliamentary elections held earlier this month on a promise to crush the Tamil rebellion.
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October 8, 2000 | From Associated Press
Government soldiers repelled a Tamil Tiger rebel attack on a northern army base, leaving 33 people dead, a government spokesman said Saturday. At least 30 rebels and two soldiers were killed and 11 soldiers were wounded during the fighting in Jaffna Peninsula, government spokesman Ariya Rubasinghe said. One civilian was killed by rebel shelling. The Tamil Tiger rebels did not immediately offer any statement.
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