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In Sri Lankan crisis, rebels lie low

With its clean cafes, boisterous markets, and law-abiding drivers, it’s easy to forget that this is a town that terror built. Headquarters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) – perhaps the most highly trained and motivated militant group in the world – Kilinochchi is at the heart of a 20-year brutal war that has killed 65,000, and created an ethnic Tamil homeland that is fully under LTTE control. But while the Tamil Tigers are famous for teaching the Palestinian Liberation Organization and other militant groups the deadly technique of suicide bombing, today the Tigers are trying to change their image and negotiate their way to a lasting peace. With much at stake in the peace process – including $4.5 billion in promised aid that was tied to the talks – the rebel group appears to have chosen to wait out the government’s recent political crisis rather than break a promising cease-fire. Full Story

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