Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers

The bad blood goes back at least a thousand years to a time when a powerful Tamil dynasty in India invaded the island of Sri Lanka and pushed the Sinhalese natives deep into the south. The conflict between Tamils and Sinhalese has ebbed and flowed ever since, but today it rages more violently than ever -- only with artillery and automatic rifles rather than swords and spears. The stakes would have been familiar to Sri Lankans at any point in the past 10 centuries: the minority Tamil population wants independence from the Sinhalese-dominated government in Colombo. They speak a different language,...

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