Tiger Hunt

Until recently, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were considered among the most disciplined guerrillas on earth: an often suicidal force locked in a 20-year struggle to secure autonomy for Sri Lanka's Tamil minority. Today, the Tigers are fighting each other as rival factions clash north of the eastern city of Batticaloa. The violence follows the March split by the Tigers' eastern commander, Colonel Karuna Amman, who broke ranks from the northern leadership—a dangerous move in a group that demands total loyalty to its supreme commander, Vellupillai Prabhakaran. On April 9, Prabhakaran issued a death warrant for Karuna and sent 1,000...

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