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Sri Lanka's Bloody Civil War

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The United Nations has warned of a possible “blood bath” as the Sri Lankan military encroaches on the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who are now cornered in a small piece of coastal territory — along with up to 150,000 civilians. The Tamil Tigers have long fought for an independent state for Sri Lanka’s Tamil ethnic minority, which is often at odds with the majority Sinhalese community. Seen by some as a prototype for modern terrorism, the Tamil Tigers pioneered the suicide bomb jacket and the use of women in suicide attacks. The civil war is one of Asia’s longest-running conflicts, and the U.N. estimates that more than 60 civilians are killed every day – caused by firing from both sides. The conflict was more deadly than the war in Afghanistan last year. Worldfocus.org’s weekly radio show on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. EDT will explore the root causes of conflict and if this is indeed the “final confrontation“ that the U.N. says it may be, examining the humanitarian consequences and broader implications for global terrorism. Worldfocus anchor Martin Savidge will host a panel of guests.

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