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Sri Lankan Government Set to End Tamil Terrorism, Human Trafficking by Khalida
February 2, 2009, 10:27 am
Filed under: February Volume I- 2009, World | Tags:

The Sri Lankan government gained major victories recently against the local terrorist group, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, more commonly known as the Tamil Tigers.  As of press time, Sri Lankan Army Chief Sarath Fonseka claimed that only about 1000 well-trained Tigers are left to the group after months of the government vigorously hunting down the fighters through jungle and field.” Bodies of the rebels are being recovered and the terrorists are now “boxed into a small jungle area.”
The government began to rout out the Tamil Tigers after declaring an official end to the ceasefire a year ago which it claimed the ultra nationalist rebel army had broken thousands of times. The separatist rebels are noted mostly for their popularization of suicide bombing, which tactic has more recently been carried out by other groups for political aims, mostly the Wahhabi Al Qaeda group and the predominately Shiite Hizbullah.
The chief aim of the LTTE is to carve out a section of the country which will remain racially pure of people seen as inferior. In their largest campaign, the terrorists ethnically cleansed hundreds of Muslims in the early 1990s. The Sinhalese majority have also been prominent victims of the Tamil Tigers, which obtains its funding through a variety of criminal means, including drug trafficking, fraud by credit card and other means, and piracy and arms smuggling.
The group also trafficked its soldiers for prostitution in foreign lands –mostly to wealthy Arab countries routinely labeled “puritan” and “ultra orthodox” in most media outlets. While children, male and female, are forcibly conscripted into the rebel army, routinely raped, and made to undergo the most severe military training, it is the girls who are mostly sent abroad under the guise of domestic servants.
The government is hoping for an end to human trafficking out of Sri Lanka, at least from the LTTE. “Soon you will see the final outcome of the war against the LTTE,” Army Chief Fonseka told The Hindu.
However, one western diplomat told the UK Guardian that  even with all LTTE strongholds wiped out “that wouldn’t be the end of the war. The LTTE has many sleeper cells and would still have a terrorist capacity.” Others emphasize that to have a long term peace, a political solution remains necessary.


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