Total Destruction of the Tamil Tigers

The Rare Victory of Sri Lanka’s Long War

Paul Moorcraft

In
2009, the Sri Lankan government forces
literally eradicated the Tamil Tiger
insurgency after 26 years of civil war.
This was the first time that a government
had defeated an indigenous insurgency
by force of arms. It was as if the British
army killed thousands of IRA cadres to
end the war in Northern Ireland. The
story of this war is fascinating
Date Published :
March 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
16pp b/w plates
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Hardback
ISBN : 9781781591536
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Paperback
ISBN : 9781781593042
Pages : 208
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Overview
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In 2009, the Sri Lankan government forces literally eradicated the Tamil Tiger insurgency after 26 years of civil war. This was the first time that a government had defeated an indigenous insurgency by force of arms. It was as if the British army killed thousands of IRA cadres to end the war in Northern Ireland. The story of this war is fascinating in itself, besides the international repercussions for ‘terrorism’ and insurgency worldwide. Many countries involved themselves in the war – to arm the combatants (China, Pakistan, India, and North Korea) or to bring peace (US, France, UK, and Norway).

While researching this work Professor Moorcraft was given unprecedented access to Sri Lankan politicians (including the President and his brother, the Defense Permanent Secretary), senior generals, intelligence chiefs, civil servants, UN officials, foreign diplomats and NGOs. He also interviewed the surviving leader of the Tamil Tigers.

His conclusions and findings will be controversial. He reveals how the authorities determined to stamp out Tamil Tiger resistance by whatever means frustrated the media and foreign mediators. Their methods, which have led to accusations of war crimes, were brutally effective but are likely to remain highly contentions for years to come.

About The Author
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Professor Paul Moorcraft has frontline experience reporting on over 40 years, literally from A-Z, Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, as a war correspondent for print, radio and TV. The former Sandhurst instructor has also served as an officer in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. He was Visiting Professor at Cardiff University and is currently Director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis, London. His published works in print with Pen and Sword Books include Axis of Evil (2005), The Rhodesian War (2011),Mugabe’s War Machine (2011), The Total Destruction of the Tamil Tigers (2012), Omar al-Bashir and Africa’s Longest War (2015), The Jihadist Threat (2015) ─ shortlisted for the British Army Military History Book of the Year, 2016 and Saving The West. He is also an award-winning novelist, and an author of works on crime, and mathematics. He lives near Guildford, Surrey

REVIEWS
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"Charts recap organizational structures of the LTTE and of Sri Lanka's chief of national intelligence. A handy list recaps acronyms and abbreviations... Four pages of maps geographically and chronologically chart the conflict. And 24 pages of B&W photographs visually spice the stew. Student of counterinsurgency campaigns? Add this splendid study to your library. I loved it. Rabidly recommended!"

- Cybermodeler

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