Sri Lanka By tanner and caden

The Sri Lankan Civil War started July 23, 1983-May 18, 2009.

The civil war happened because of continuous political rancor between the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils.

The issue was the North and East was mainly between the government and the Liberation

1972: Armed with just a revolver, Velupillai Prabhakaran forms a Tamil militant group, which eventually morphs into the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). July 23, 1983: LTTE ambushes an army patrol, killing 13 soldiers in the Jaffna peninsula and sparking anti-Tamil riots elsewhere that leave about 600 people dead. July 8, 1985: Sri Lanka opens first direct talks with Tamil guerrillas. They fail. July 29, 1987: India and Sri Lanka reach agreement on deployment of Indian peace-keeping force. March 24, 1990: India loses 1,200 troops at the hands of the LTTE, and withdraws to leave the

killing an estimated 80,000-100,000 people between 1982 and 2009. The deaths include 27,639 Tamil fighters, more than 21,066 Sri Lankan soldiers, 1000 Sri Lankan police, 1500 Indian soldiers, and tens of thousands of civilians.

After a 26-year military campaign, the Sri Lankan military defeated the Tamil Tigers in May 2009, bringing the civil war to an end.

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