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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sri Lanka War Flares

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka ( -- Thousands of government soldiers backed by tanks, artillery and aircraft launched a new offensive Friday and advanced into Tamil rebel territory in northern Sri Lanka, military officials said.

The government imposed an indefinite curfew in Tamil-dominated northern Sri Lanka and imposed a blackout on reporting the war in the local media.

During the last offensive in 1995, the government censored news reports for nearly two months.