The Sri Lankan president has declared a military victory over the Tamil Tigers after 26 years of bloody civil war.In their war against Sri Lanka, the Tigers killed two world leaders, tens of thousands of civilians, used child soldiers and perfected the use of individual suicide bombing before the Arab and Islamist groups even tried it.
Speaking on a visit to Jordan, Mahinda Rajapakse said he would return home to a nation totally free from the "barbaric acts" of the rebel group.
However, senior officials told the BBC fighting rages on in a tiny area of the north-east where the Tigers' leadership is said to be cornered.
More than 70,000 people have died in the bitter war for a Tamil homeland.
There are now concerns that the Tamil Tiger leadership is preparing for a last stand, our correspondent says.
The Tigers' leadership has said repeatedly that they will not surrender, and are thought to be keeping thousands of civilians as human shields.
There have also been reports that the Tigers are preparing a mass suicide in the face of a military defeat.
UPDATE: It's offical. The Tigers are defeated. May Sri Lanka now live free and without fear.