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AbstractThe Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are a separatist terrorist organization operating in the eastern and northern parts of Sri Lanka since 1976 until their defeat by the Sri Lankan military in 2009 Velupillai Prabhakaran is the founder of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and was until his death in 2009 This paper will discuss the history of The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam their leadership tactics and support structure Following the background content this paper will discuss factors that will affect Human Intelligence HUMINT operations targeting this organization This paper will review the conditions effects and response of how HUMINT will operate against The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam when operating under the following operational variables political military economic social information infrastructure physical environment and timeKeywords HUMINT collectors military source operationsBackground ContentBasic HistoryThe Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam LTTE commonly referred to as LTTE is a separatist terrorist organization operating from northern Sri Lanka The LTTE was founded in May 1976 by Velupillai Prabhakaran The LTTE set out on a nationalistic campaign for the Tamil people of northern and eastern Sri Lanka This campaign caused the Sri Lankan Civil War that stretched from 1983-2009 They are the only terrorist organization to ever successfully assassinate two world leaders from two separate countries killing former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandi in 1991 and former Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa in 1993 LTTE was the first group to employ suicide vests as a form of terrorist attack Counterterrorism Handbook They also frequently used light aircraft in many of their attacks The LTTEs first major attack occurred in July 23 1983 when they ambushed a Sri Lankan military convoy in Jaffna Sri Lanka The LTTE legitimately gained their power by combining the all the forces of the Tamil insurgents at the time Velupillai Prabhakaran organized the Tamil insurgent forces gave it structure and began
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