CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1987 |
Nine separatist Tamil rebels were killed in clashes with government forces in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, the government reported Sunday. The guerrillas want an independent Tamil homeland in the northeastern part of Sri Lanka.
October 16, 1990 |
Four soldiers were killed in a clash with Tamil separatist guerrillas in eastern Sri Lanka, military officials said Monday.
April 13, 2009 |
The president of Sri Lanka said Sunday that the nation's military would go into defensive mode for a two-day period during the island's New Year holiday early this week, allowing civilians to flee the war zone.
August 9, 1988 |
Eight Tamil separatist guerrillas and two Indian soldiers were killed in a weekend clash in north Sri Lanka, a military official said Monday.
December 13, 1989 |
Left-wing rebels killed 24 men and women in an attack on a village in southern Sri Lanka, military sources said Tuesday.
June 9, 2003 |
International donors pledged more than $2 billion in aid as a conference on rebuilding war-torn Sri Lanka opened in Tokyo. Host nation Japan kicked off the conference of 47 nations and 20 financial institutions by pledging $1 billion in assistance. Another $1 billion was promised by the Asian Development Bank, and smaller pledges were added. The conflict in Sri Lanka pits the majority Sinhalese against the minority Tamils.
April 21, 2009 |
In a sign of its growing confidence, Sri Lanka on Monday issued an ultimatum calling on Tamil rebels to surrender or perish after the army reportedly breached a major defensive barrier, paving the way for tens of thousands of civilians to make a run for it. Troops captured an additional square-mile area of the rebels' shrinking terrain Monday, freeing about 19,000 civilians trapped by the fighting, while the navy freed 2,165 people and more fled in other directions, military spokesman Brig.