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18/05/2009 Sri Lanka's 25-year war ends after army kills leader of Tamil Tiger

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Tamil Tiger Leader Killed; Sri Lanka Claims Victory in 25-Year Civil War. Democracy Now 5/18/09

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BBC news finally victory over LTTE Sri lanka Wanni 30 years of luxury over for Prabakaran

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Sri Lanka and the scars of the civil war | DW Documentary

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After pictures, video of Sri Lanka's war crimes surfaces

The Sri Lankan armed forces claimed that the leader of the LTTE, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was killed in the morning while trying to flee the conflict zone in an ambulance. The head of the Sri Lankan army, General Sarath Fonseka, said the military had defeated the rebels and "liberated the entire country."
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    • Essentials 

    • Participants 

    • Origin and evolution 

    • Eelam War I (1983–1987) 

    • Indian intervention (1987–1990) 

    • Rajiv Gandhi's assassination 

    • Eelam War II (1990–1995) 

    • Eelam War III (1995–2002) 

    • Early peace efforts 

    • Beginning of the cease-fire 

    • Signing of Memorandum of Understanding 

    • Political changes in the South 

    • Split of the LTTE 

    • Tsunami and aftermath 

    • Eelam War IV (2006–2009) 

    • Talks and further violence 

    • Mavil Aru water dispute 

    • LTTE offensives in Muttur and Jaffna 

    • LTTE retaliation and further peace talks 

    • Government offensive in the East 

    • Government offensive in the North 

    • Abrogation of ceasefire agreement 

    • Significant military gains by the government 

    • Fall of Kilinochchi and subsequent events 

    • Fighting in the 'No-Fire Zone' 

    • 16 May: Sri Lanka declares victory 

    • 17 May: Tigers admit defeat 

    • 18 May: First claim of Prabhakaran's death 

    • 19 May: President addresses the Parliament and Prabhakaran is dead 

    • Combat after 18 May 2009 

    • Reaction 

    • Protests 

    • Casualties 

    • Economic cost 

    • Political solution 

    • Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission 

    • Transitional Justice and steps for non-recurrence 

    • Internally displaced people 

    • War crimes investigations 

    • Allegations of war crimes 

    • Allegations of genocide 

    • Bibliography 

    • Government reports 

    • Independent reports, documentaries and texts