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Sri Lanka troops tighten grip on Tiger rebels' political HQ 24/11/2008

Helicopter gunships have attacked Tamil Tiger rebel positions in northern Sri Lanka as ground troops moved closer to the rebels' political capital.

Helicopters were deployed to pound rebel bunkers that make up the western defences of the town of Kilinochchi, the political headquarters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

The latest thrust came as Tigers marked their "Heroes' Week."

The Tigers launched their separatist drive in 1972 while the first Tiger was killed by government forces 10 years later on November 27, 1982.

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