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    IRA dissidents pose rising threat in N.Ireland

    DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) — Irish Republican Army splinter groups are launching more attacks in Northern Ireland than at any time in recent years, and are increasingly trying to kill police officers, international experts said in a report published Monday.

    The IRA renounced violence and disarmed in 2005 after killing nearly 1,800 people in a failed 1970-97 effort to force Northern Ireland out of the United Kingdom. But breakaway groups are trying to keep alive that campaign of violence and undermine the central achievement of Northern Ireland's peace process: a power-sharing government that unites British Protestants with the Irish Catholics of Sinn Fein, the IRA-linked party.

    The report said one splinter group, called the Real IRA, badly wounded one police officer by detonating a bomb under his private car in May; firebombed four businesses; tried to recruit disillusioned members of the mainstream IRA; and "continued to seek to obtain weapons from associates, criminals and from overseas as well as by manufacturing them itself."

    And it said another, the Continuity IRA, tried twice in recent months to blow up police patrols near the border. The group planted a remote-controlled bomb under a small bridge in June, and fired rocket-propelled grenades containing Semtex plastic explosive in August. In both cases, the homemade devices failed to detonate fully.


    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5j...cgaagD94C4PN80

    I recall the days of the early 90's. Bombs going off, and evacuating places after warnings were given. etc. :mad:

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    Well, it's obviously not the same IRA, as your heading seems to imply.

    Dissident republicans are a problem, but I really don't think they have the resources or inclination to return us to the bad old days of fightin' and bombin'.

    What really baffles me is that there are people out there thinking that there is any justification for violence against the UK state on the basis of Northern Ireland. Even an Irish nationalist should recognise that the vast majority of people on both sides of the Irish border voted in favour of the Good Friday Agreement and thus recognise Northern Ireland as quite correctly and properly part of the United Kingdom.
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    arent they determined to kill a police officer?
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    (Original post by L i b)
    Well, it's obviously not the same IRA, as your heading seems to imply.

    Dissident republicans are a problem, but I really don't think they have the resources or inclination to return us to the bad old days of fightin' and bombin'.

    What really baffles me is that there are people out there thinking that there is any justification for violence against the UK state on the basis of Northern Ireland. Even an Irish nationalist should recognise that the vast majority of people on both sides of the Irish border voted in favour of the Good Friday Agreement and thus recognise Northern Ireland as quite correctly and properly part of the United Kingdom.
    The Continuity IRA has been in existence for many years and in recent times has been responsible for two internal killings as well as attacks on police officers, vehicles and premises. It is described as "active, dangerous and committed, and capable of a greater level of violent and other crime". Its political wing, Republican Sinn Fein, is blunt about its attitude towards "the British colonial police". When a politician accused it of attempted murders, a spokesman coolly explained that there were no murder attempts on police, "There were simply a number of military engagements designed to kill them."

    Read this. :yep:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...nd-994412.html
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    They don't have anything like the support amongst the nationalist community as the PIRA did though, as far as I know. Widely condemned infact.
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    (Original post by CHAMON)
    The Continuity IRA has been in existence for many years and in recent times has been responsible for two internal killings as well as attacks on police officers, vehicles and premises. It is described as "active, dangerous and committed, and capable of a greater level of violent and other crime". Its political wing, Republican Sinn Fein, is blunt about its attitude towards "the British colonial police". When a politician accused it of attempted murders, a spokesman coolly explained that there were no murder attempts on police, "There were simply a number of military engagements designed to kill them."
    LOL, even Irish terrorists have mastered the art of spin.
 
 
 
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