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2006-08-20 01:20:07

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Both Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels might still say they want peace despite a return to large-scale fighting, but in reality they may have got the war that they wanted after four years of ceasefire. Hopes had been high after the Norwegian brokered truce was signed in 2002 -- aid flowed in and most diplomats and analysts judged a two decade war that had killed more than 64,000 people to be over for good, with the Liberation Tigers of...

2006-07-22 20:04:51

By Peter Apps THIRAIMADU, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Bodies dumped in wells, dead children hung from rafters and underage boys abducted to fight. During two decades of civil war, such atrocities were commonplace in Sri Lanka but a ceasefire since 2002 halted the worst of the attacks on children. Now, with violence rising, nightmare tales and gory pictures are again emerging from the island's war-battered north and east. But apportioning blame is hard and global interest limited. In...

2006-07-04 05:41:36

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's president said on Tuesday he wanted to discuss a solution to the island's ethnic conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels, but again denied that renegade ex-Tigers were operating in army-held territory. Attacks on mainstream Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by ex-rebels known as the Karuna group are seen helping push Sri Lanka toward renewed civil war. More than 700 people have been killed so far this year and suspected Tiger attacks are...

2006-07-03 00:46:11

By Peter Apps KATTANKUDI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - As violence rages between Sri Lanka's government and ethnic Tamil Tiger rebels, the island's Muslim minority says it is caught in the middle, and there is talk of an armed "Jihad" group emerging if war returns. The third-largest group on an island dominated by Sinhalese Buddhists, Sri Lanka's Muslims -- who share the language of the Hindu and Christian Tamil minority -- have long had a difficult relationship with the Liberation Tigers...

2006-06-28 23:55:12

By Peter Apps BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - While Sri Lanka's government and Tamil rebels teeter between war and peace, a deadly conflict is raging in the island's east, where renegade guerrillas are locked in a do-or-die battle with former comrades. Blindfolded bodies are often found dumped by the road, hands tied behind the back, in the eastern "shadow war," which rages alongside naval battles, ambushes and air strikes further north between government forces and mainstream...

2006-06-27 03:52:22

By Sasi Kandasamy COLOMBO (Reuters) - Four Tamil Tiger fighters were killed in an attack by a rival group of ex-rebels in Sri Lanka early on Tuesday and a soldier was shot dead overnight, officials said, amid growing fears of renewed civil war. The attack in an area controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the restive east came a day after a suspected Tiger suicide bomber assassinated the army deputy chief of staff. A wave of attacks on the island has now killed...

2006-06-20 22:23:23

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military said eight Tamil Tigers were killed during an overnight clash with a band of breakaway former comrades, but the rebels denied it on Wednesday and accused the army of shelling their territory. "There was an incident between the Karuna faction and the LTTE in Trincomalee just after midnight. There was some firing going on from both sides," said a senior military source, asking not to be identified. "Ground and technical sources revealed eight...

2006-05-02 14:28:36

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said they were shelled on Tuesday by government artillery, but the army denied it was responsible as violence threatened a 2002 truce. Local police said it might instead be a clash between the Tigers and the breakaway Karuna group, which the rebels say is government backed. But the rebels clearly blamed the army for attacking them near the northeastern port of Trincomalee. "It is from the Sri Lankan military," local...

2006-05-02 01:19:30

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said they were shelled on Tuesday morning by government artillery, but the army denied taking any action as violence threatened a 2002 truce and planned talks remained deadlocked. Local police said it might instead be a clash between the Tigers and breakaway faction the Karuna group, which the rebels say is government backed. But the rebels clearly blamed the army for attacking them near the northeastern port of...

2006-04-29 22:51:16

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels and a renegade ex-Tigers group were fighting each other in the east of the country on Sunday, Sri Lanka's army said, with war fears still high after a suicide bombing and government air strikes. But it said the military was not involved in the clashes. The Tigers have long accused the army of using ex-rebels led by former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) commander Karuna Amman to attack them. The army denies the charge, but...


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  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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