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Twenty-Five Years of War

by Guardian, UK,

Colombo, 1983: The LTTE's first attack against government forces led to rioting against the ethnic Tamil community. The 'Black July' riots are seen as the starting point of the conflict.

Colombo, 1983: The LTTE's first attack against government forces led to a pogrom against the ethnic Tamil community. The 'Black July' riots are seen as the starting point of the conflict.

Jaffna peninsula, 1986: Tamil guerillas leave Jaffna by boat, bound for India

Jaffna peninsula, 1986: Tamil guerillas leave Jaffna by boat, bound for India.

Boosa, 1986: Young prisoners stare out from behind a barbed wire fence at a government detention camp for suspected Tamil separatist rebels

Boosa, 1986: Young prisoners stare out from behind a barbed wire fence at a government detention camp for suspected Tamil separatist rebels .

Colombo, 1986: The tail section of an Air Lanka Tristar jet that was blown apart by a bomb before takeoff at Colombo airport, killing at least 16 people. The bomb was attributed to the LTTE

Colombo, 1986: The tail section of an Air Lanka Tristar jet that was blown apart by a bomb before takeoff at Colombo airport, killing at least 16 people. The bomb was attributed to the LTTE [Sangam website readers want to comment?]

Sri Lanka, 1987: The LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, sits flanked by two Indian guards below a picture of guerilla fighter Ché Guevera

Sri Lanka, 1987: The LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, sits flanked by two Indian guards below a picture of guerilla fighter Ché Guevera.

Colombo, 1987: The Indian prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi, ducks a rifle butt attack by a Sri Lankan naval rating during a guard of honour, after he signed a controversial peace pact with the Colombo government.

Colombo , 1987: A woman passes stacks of coffins outside a morgue. They are victims of a car bomb which killed 111 people, with nearly 300 injuries

Colombo , 1987: A woman passes stacks of coffins outside a morgue. They are victims of a car bomb which killed 111 people, with nearly 300 injuries.

Trincomalee, 1990: Indian peacekeeping soldiers pulling out after three years of trying to end the civil war

Trincomalee, 1990: Indian peacekeeping soldiers pulling out after three years of trying to end the civil war.

Jaffna, 1991: Young Tamil Tiger fighters, some of them children

Jaffna, 1991: Young Tamil Tiger fighters.

New Delhi, India, 1991: The funeral of the ex-prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi.

Colombo, 1993: A soldier watches the funeral procession of the slain Sri Lankan president, Ranasinghe Premadasa.

Female Tigers 1995 Thamilaval

Thamilaval: Female Tigers 1995.

Central Bank bombing Colombo 1996

Central Bank bombing 1996.

Colombo, 1999: President Chandrika Kumaratunga is sworn into office for a second term. Kumaratunga lost an eye in a Tamil Tiger bomb attack.

Army-occupied Jaffna 2000

Colombo, 2001: Tamil Tiger rebels devastated the Bandaranaike International airport outside Colombo after first attacking an adjoining military air base. A total of 13 aircraft were destroyed and 18 people were killed, mostly attackers.

Oslo, Norway, 2002: The third round of peace negotiations resume between the Tamil Tigers and the government of Sri Lanka. From left: Tamilchelvan, Adele, Balasingham & Karuna

Batticaloa, 2004: The head of the eastern faction of the Tamil Tiger rebels Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, or Colonel Karuna, led a split from the LTTE, taking 6,000 fighters.

September 2008: Prabhakaran with 10 alleged Tamil Tiger suicide bombers who carried out a devastating attack against a military complex in northern Sri Lanka on 9 September.

Akkaraayan, 2008: LTTE rebels fire a tripod-mounted machine gun during fighting against Sri Lankan government soldiers.

Puthukkudiyirippu, 2009: A Sri Lankan soldier stands near a tank as it fires a shell at LTTE positions

Chettikulam internment camp for Tamils April 30, 2009

 

Puthukkudiyiruppu, 2009: An elderly Sri Lankan Tamil civilian sits among the rubble of a village

Northern Sri Lanka, May 10 2009: An injured Tamil woman cradles her child inside the Tamil enclave.

Big Ben & the Tamil diaspora May 2009

Putumatalan, 2009: A Sri Lankan government soldier rides in an armoured personal carrier near the 'no fire zone' where they have encircled the LTTE

Photo: SLA Tamil enclave May 17, 2009