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Sri Lanka troops close in on rebel capital amid heavy fighting
Associated Press, Wed December 3, 2008 05:12 EST . - - COLOMBO, Dec. 3 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka's military on Wednesday reported renewed heavy fighting around the besieged rebel capital in the island's far north as the air force carried out aerial bombardments. Since the rebels were ejected from Sri Lanka's Eastern Province in July 2007, rebel-held areas have drastically shrunk with both sides taking heavy losses.

President Mahinda Rajapakse has pledged to end the war if the Tamil Tigers lay down their arms, but the rebels have vowed to fight on.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting for a separate homeland for ethnic Tamils on the island dominated by Sinhalese for more than three decades.

More than 75,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in the conflict.Discuss this story
Published: Wed Dec 3 07:34:10 EST 2008

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