Fatalities Rise Sharply as Sri Lanka Reverts to War
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Note: The Portal refers to the Tamil Tigers as terrorists and to conflict deaths as casualties of terrorist violence. While some of the Tigers’ actions can undoubtedly be categorized as terrorist, a blanket characterization is unhelpful both with regard to understanding the origins and nature of the violence and vis-à-vis conflict resolution efforts. It also presumes that the Tigers are responsible for all deaths, effectively absolving the government from any culpability.