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1 | Sri Lanka Taking the Tigers' Territory The Sri Lankan military advanced onto the last splinter of coast held by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, moving the Tigers' 33-year separatist struggle into its likely endgame. Despite being outnumbered nearly 100 to 1, the approximately 500 remaining Tigers have refused to surrender, clinging to their last 5-mile-long strip of territory. The army's advance has allowed more than 90,000 ethnic Tamil civilians trapped between the two sides to flee the fighting, although thousands more still remain. "We're seeing the final stage of this war, with the government determined to wipe...

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