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After the FallSri Lanka in Victory and War$
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Mohan K. Tikku

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463503

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463503.001.0001

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The Endgame

The Endgame

(p.145) 9 The Endgame
After the Fall

Mohan K. Tikku

Oxford University Press

Long seen as an invincible force, the end of the Tamil Tigers was rather quick and sharp. After the fall of Kilinochchi on 2009 New Year’s day, battlefield action suddenly gained momentum. A narrow strip of land by the sea in Mullaitivu was all that remained of LTTE’s shrinking base. Their sole hope was that the international community shall step in to save the lives of tens of thousands of IDPs in and around the area, by calling for a ceasefire. But nothing happened. Even the government-designated ‘No Fire Zones’ were not spared in the bombing raids. Despite assurances given by Rajapakse and the UN, even the surrendering LTTE cadres were not spared. Ten of thousands of civilians—estimates vary between twenty and forty thousand— were dead by the time they got Prabhakaran.

Keywords:   Human Shield, Prabhakaran and family, ‘No Fire Zones’, Anandapuram, Surrender, Massacre

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