JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

When Counterinsurgency Wins: Sri Lanka’s Defeat of the Tamil Tigers by Ahmed S. Hashim

Col Vivek Chadha (Retd) is a Research Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile
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  • January 2015
    Volume: 
    9
    Issue: 
    1
    Book Review

    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)-led insurgency in Sri Lanka was amongst the fiercest and most bloody low-intensity conflicts fought during the last two decades of the 20th century and first decade of the 21st century. This ethnic conflict became known for not only the fighting prowess and ruthlessness of the LTTE, but also the equally brutal manner in which it was finally ended by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA). This raised questions from sympathizers of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, based on firsthand experience and severe indictment by a United Nations (UN)-led panel, which investigated the last phase of the operations. It also brought into focus the argument of the Sri Lankan Government, questioning the independence and intent of the panel.

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