A War in All But Name

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In Sri Lanka's northern Vavuniya district, a soldier patrols the empty streets during a rebel-called strike

When the Sri Lanka government and separatist Tamil rebels signed a cease-fire agreement in 2002, the world hailed the country's chance to achieve a lasting peace after 19 years of civil war. Now, that promise is a distant memory. A steady trickle of bombings and murders has burst into a flood of deaths in recent weeks, and parts of the country's north and east have turned into intense battle zones. In the past week alone, more than 100 soldiers and an unknown number of rebel fighters have been killed. The issue of whether Sri Lanka has fallen back into civil...