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FBI, Jan 08, 2008. As terrorist groups go, it has quite a résumé:
*Perfected the use of suicide bombers;
*Invented the suicide belt;
*Pioneered the use of women in suicide attacks;
*Murdered some 4,000 people in the past two years alone; and
*Assassinated two world leaders—the only terrorist organization to do so.

No, it’s not al Qaeda or Hezbollah or even HAMAS. The group is called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) or the Tamil Tigers for short.

Needless to say, the Tamil Tigers are among the most dangerous and deadly extremists in the world. For more than three decades, the group has launched a campaign of violence and bloodshed in Sri Lanka, the island republic off the southern coast of India.

Map showing Sri Lanka off the coast of India and nearby Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. Its ultimate goal: to seize control of the country from the Sinhalese ethnic majority and create an independent Tamil state. Along the way, it has launched suicide attacks, assassinated politicians (including a government minister this week and even the Sri Lankan President), taken hostages, and committed all of kinds of crimes to finance its operations. The resulting civil war has taken the lives of nearly 70,000 Sri Lankans on both sides of the conflict since 1983 alone.

Why should you care? Certainly because of the suffering and bloodshed that the Tamil Tigers have caused. And because its ruthless tactics have inspired terrorist networks worldwide, including al Qaeda in Iraq. But also because the group has placed operatives right here in our own backyard, discreetly raising money to fund its bloody terrorist campaign overseas, including purchases of weapons and explosives.

The U.S. government has designated the Tigers a foreign terrorist organization, so their activities here are illegal. And we’re determined to stop them, using the full range of our investigative and intelligence capabilities. More...

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Published: Fri Jan 11 13:41:13 EST 2008

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This was Parramatta's packed Town Hall one evening last November as many of Sydney's estimated 30,000 residents of Sri Lankan Tamil origin assembled to commemorate S. P. Thamilchelvan, the Tigers' political wing chief and chief negotiator, killed in a government air raid on his jungle headquarters.

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Associated Press, Jan 11. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ An explosion rocked a busy Colombo railway station Friday evening, the Sri Lankan military reported. The cause of the blast was not immediately clear.

The Colombo area has been hit by a series of attacks in recent weeks that the government has blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels.Discuss this story
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Tamil rebels want to continue cease-fire after Sri Lankan government withdraws
Associated Press, Thu January 10, 2008 11:50 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Separatist Tamil Tiger rebels said Thursday they want to continue a 2002 cease-fire with the Sri Lankan government, a week after Colombo officially withdrew from the truce... Back to the top

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