After 25 years, the war in Sri Lanka may be officially over. Government soldiers seized the final stretch of land controlled by the Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday, after surrounding it from the north and south. But because the Tigers occupied territory with a heavy civilian population, the government's attempts to weed out the rebels has caused what a U.N. official called a "bloodbath" of collateral damage. The Tigers have fought for an independent minority state in Sri Lanka and at least 70,000 people have been killed since the war began in 1983.
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