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History of the war in Sri Lanka

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The Tamil Tigers, or Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), battled the government in Colombo for quarter of a century.

The LTTE argued that the Tamil population was discriminated against by successive majority Sinhalese governments, and demanded a separate state in the north east of the country.

The BBC's Mike Wooldridge looks back at the conflict.

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