Sri Lanka troops enter rebel Tiger Political HQ
Is there a peace in sight in Sri Lanka?. It looks imminent with the recent successes of Sri Lankan government forces. With the beginning of new year Sri Lankan Army has gained a major area of Kilinochchi, considered as the Political Hqs of the rebel Tamil Tigers.
The Tigers have been waging a long campaign for independence for Sri Lanka's minority Tamil community. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the violence since 1972, making it Asia's longest running ethnic conflict.
Sri Lankan forces have been fighting their into Tamil Tiger rebels stronghold in the island's north for last two months.
Sri Lanka's defence Secretary confirmed that Sri Lankan security forces have fought their way to the perimeter of the Tamil Tiger political capital of Kilinochchi in the island's north.
Sri Lanka's military says soldiers have entered the Tamil Tiger rebels' de facto capital Kilinochchi in the north for the first time in a decade.
Senior military officials said troops had entered the town from three sides.
On Thursday, the military said it had seized the strategically important junction of Paranthan, a crossroads north of Kilinochchi.
There has been no word from the rebels but earlier this week, they said they were successfully defending the town.
The Sri Lankan army has been advancing towards Kilinochchi for months.
Troops fighting their way towards the town have faced determined resistance for months.