Irish Republican Army (IRA)

Formed in 1969 as the clandestine armed wing of the political movement Sinn Fein, the IRA is devoted both to removing British forces from Northern Ireland and to unifying Ireland. Traditional IRA activities have included bombings, assassinations, kidnappings, punishment beatings, extortion, smuggling, and robberies.VideoVideo: "I'm a representative of the general headquarter staff of Óglaigh na hÉireann, in the IRA. I don't see any merit in discussing individuals as targets. So if I was to say that the people who legislate for the terror in Ireland know well that they all remain targets. And I'm sure that Mrs. Thatcher when she goes down upon her knees with a mirror checking underneath her car in the morning, remembers the terror she inflicted on Ireland.  Our strategy is that through the effective use of guerilla warfare, and through continually maintaining an effective fighting force, we will eventually sap the political will of the British government to remain in…

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