Sri Lankan Army Seizes Last Big Rebel Base

Loss is latest setback for beleaguered Tamil Tiger separatists
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2009 3:11 PM CST
In this undated handout photo, Sri Lankan soldiers run in Vaddakachchi area, about 131 miles north east of Colombo.   (AP Photo/Sri Lanka Defense Minsitry, HO)
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(Newser) – The Sri Lankan army says it has captured the last urban Tamil Tiger base in a surprise morning assault, CNN reports. Soldiers and rebels battled fiercely for the town of Mullaittivu, the latest effort in the army’s recent campaign to capture Tiger areas. The army says the rebels are now contained to a small 20-kilometer area. "The end of terrorism is near and we will definitely win," Sri Lanka's army chief said.