Sri Lanka: July 16, 2004

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dissident politicians and journalists in LTTE controlled areas.

Peace with the LTTE rebels is less likely because of a split between LTTE forces in the north and eastern Sri Lanka. Adding to the instability is a growing popularity of Islamic radicalism among the Moslem minority in LTTE controlled areas. Until 1990, the Moslems were allies with the LTTE, but then the Hindu LTTE turned against the Moslems. Senior members of the army leadership are accused of supporting the east Sri Lankan LTTE faction. Many Sinhalese Sri Lankans are eager to resume the war and crush the LTTE. The LTTE has been rebuilding their armed forces. Full scale fighting could break out at

 

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