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Key loss will test Tamil Tigers

LTTE leader Velupillai PrabhakaranThe Sri Lankan army’s capture of the northern town of Kilinochchi marks a new phase in the fighting between the security forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels.

With its fall the rebels have now lost the biggest township they had under their control for more than a decade.

For the security forces, it will enable them to consolidate their domination of the key A9 highway, which links the Jaffna peninsula with the rest of the country.

The Tamil Tigers until recently had their administrative headquarters in the town. They proudly showcased offices of their political, police and judicial divisions to visiting foreign dignitaries and media. In fact, it acted like their de-facto capital.

It also helped the rebels to convince their supporters inside the country and the Tamil diaspora that they were running a parallel administration, a de-facto state in northern Sri Lanka.

“So, politically, the capture of Kilinochchi is highly symbolic for the Sri Lankan government,” says Sri Lankan analyst DBS Jeyaraj.

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Source: BBC News

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