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Policeman killed in Northern Ireland shooting(Real IRA suspected)
BBC News ^ | 10th March 2009 | BBC News

Posted on 03/09/2009 5:31:08 PM PDT by the scotsman

A police officer has died following a shooting incident in Craigavon, County Armagh.

The incident is understood to have happened near Lismore Manor in the Brownlow area as police investigated reports of suspicious activity.

The attack follows the weekend murder of two soldiers outside an Army base in Antrim. The Real IRA said they were responsible for that shooting.

Politicians have condemned the latest killing of a security force member.

DUP assembly member David Simpson described the attack as an "outrage" and said those behind it were "vermin".

"What we have seen over the last 36 hours is a deliberate and sustained effort by terrorist murderers to try to drag Northern Ireland back to the worst days of Ulster's past," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: banglist; ira; leo; northernireland; officerdown

1 posted on 03/09/2009 5:31:09 PM PDT by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

County Armagh. ‘Tis terrorism.


2 posted on 03/09/2009 5:39:39 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Good as Gold)
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To: the scotsman

In honor of the swimmer?


3 posted on 03/09/2009 5:41:15 PM PDT by Carley (President Obama ~ Leaving No Tax Cheat Behind)
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To: La Enchiladita

Armagh was one of my favorite places in the North. Visited a couple of years ago.


4 posted on 03/09/2009 5:41:24 PM PDT by Andyman (The truth shall make you FReep.)
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To: the scotsman

RIP.


5 posted on 03/09/2009 5:43:09 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: the scotsman

Ohhhhh, dear. This doesn’t sound good.


6 posted on 03/09/2009 5:50:51 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama dozed.....people froze.)
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To: the scotsman; Tax-chick

Not all terrorists have turbans. Some have red hair and freckles.


7 posted on 03/09/2009 5:59:42 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: the scotsman

The IRA has figured out that Europe and the US are going soft on terrorists, so they started up again. Terrorists are connected. Libya has helped the IRA.


8 posted on 03/09/2009 6:07:03 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: Incorrigible

Not all terrorists have turbans. Some have red hair and freckles.
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Heeeeeyyyyyyyyy! Watch it! ;)


9 posted on 03/09/2009 6:09:54 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama dozed.....people froze.)
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To: the scotsman
I'm confused. Should the Brits fight the IRA's supporters or give then honorary knighthoods?
10 posted on 03/09/2009 6:32:41 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Obama: removing the speed limit on the Road to Serfdom)
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To: the scotsman
so... i guess after the next body turns up it's fights on???
11 posted on 03/09/2009 6:56:11 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - Obama is basically Jim Jones with a teleprompter)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

“The IRA has figured out that Europe and the US are going soft on terrorists, so they started up again. Terrorists are connected. Libya has helped the IRA.”

It isn’t the Provisional IRA of Gerry Adams fame, it is a splinter group called the Real IRA.

The Provisional IRA lost and realised that bombs and terror couldn’t win. The Real IRA still have the fantasy that it can.

This is not the beginning of a new “troubles” but the end of it. No-one wants it any more and all sides have condemned it. Even the local Catholic Church went outside after mass on Sunday to have a service where the Bitish Soldiers were murdered.

In effect this is the final fling of the lunatics, now that they have no asylum.


12 posted on 03/09/2009 9:08:28 PM PDT by Briton
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To: Incorrigible; Colosis; Black Line; Cucullain; SomeguyfromIreland; Youngblood; Fergal; Cian; ...

Ireland ping!


13 posted on 03/10/2009 3:35:39 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("There are more enjoyable ways of going to Hell." ~ St. Bernard)
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To: Briton

Welcome to FR.

Stand by for the sympathizers who will soon make their way to this thread.


14 posted on 03/10/2009 5:06:02 AM PDT by elc
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To: Briton

Interesting - just read that he C-IRA has claimed this one.

BS? Just the RIRA causing confusion?

Or, does the CIRA want to join in on the fun and remain relevant?


15 posted on 03/10/2009 5:09:57 AM PDT by elc
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To: Tax-chick; Briton

Thanks for the ping.

Briton: Welcome.

My son-of-an-Irish-Born-Catholic father hated the IRA in the 1940s (when they bombed the UK pavilion at the NYC World’s Fair) as did all my relatives. Don’t judge Americans of Irish descent by the likes of Kennedy or other loud mouths. Most of us are Americans first last and only and real Americans know who our friends are.


16 posted on 03/10/2009 8:00:22 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: elc

There are two ideas on this one.

The first is that the C-IRA planned this along with the R-IRA and they are working close on this and trying to show that this is bigger than one group. (Although they both have very little support even amongst Republicans.)

The second is that they want to get in on the act to prove they are as “relevant” as the R-IRA.

In any case the community of dissidents is so small - there is an estimate of around 60 willing to kill - that they will all know each other and are essentially the same ideology.


17 posted on 03/10/2009 9:32:37 AM PDT by Briton
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To: aculeus

Thanks for the welcome.


18 posted on 03/10/2009 9:33:47 AM PDT by Briton
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To: Briton

Now that you mention it, weren’t they suspected of working together to get weapons out of the Balkans following all wars there?

TBH, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve kept up with either organization because it seemed they’d been rather marginalized. I know both groups have attempted attacks in the past decade or so, but they’ve all seemed rather sloppy (luckily). That would be a good reason for them to start collaborating on attacks.

Plus, if you combine all the weapons the RIRA got from the Provos after decommisioning with the weapons and the people of the CIRA, you’d have a more lethal operation.

Ugh, it just breaks my heart that this is happening again. I really hope they nip it in the bud quickly.

Ironically, I suggested Fifty Dead Men Walking for my bookclub this time, b/c the movie is going to be released in the US this year. I’m supposed to talk about how much things have changed in the Province since that book takes place.


19 posted on 03/10/2009 11:27:13 AM PDT by elc
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To: Briton
Welcome to Free Republic!
20 posted on 03/10/2009 11:31:05 AM PDT by Churchillspirit
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To: Churchillspirit

Thanks for the welcome.

PS. It seems Obama doesn’t agree with your username eh? :)


21 posted on 03/10/2009 11:56:13 AM PDT by Briton
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To: Briton
It seems Obama doesn't agree with your username eh?:)

No...I am not expecting an invitation to the White House any time soon. LOL!

22 posted on 03/10/2009 12:04:18 PM PDT by Churchillspirit
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To: Briton

I hadn’t heard about the local church having a service where the two soldiers were murdered. Thanks for sharing it.


23 posted on 03/10/2009 2:24:50 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Put your trust in God; but mind to keep your powder dry. - Oliver Cromwell)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

Hi, here is some on that:

“Catholic and Protestant communities prayed together at Massereene barracks in the aftermath of the attack and senior clergy from the Church of Ireland and Catholic Church visited the injured in hospital.”

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/2009/03/10/disgust-at-murder-of-soldiers-unites-leaders-91466-23104355/


24 posted on 03/10/2009 3:08:19 PM PDT by Briton
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To: Briton

It sounds like both sides are strongly condemning this attack. Hopefully these attacks will be the only ones and the people of Ireland can continue to work at dissolving old hatreds.


25 posted on 03/10/2009 8:22:03 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Put your trust in God; but mind to keep your powder dry. - Oliver Cromwell)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

“It sounds like both sides are strongly condemning this attack.”

Yes and No. Sinn Feinn still cannot bring themselves to condemn the killing of a Policeman or Soldier in cold blood - rather they are condemning this act because it is “counter-productive.”

So although I believe the majority of ordinary Catholics in Northern Ireland don’t want this, there is a relativey large minority (along with their politicians) who know they cannot return to the bad days but still see murdering an innocent (unarmed lets not forget) Soldier or Policeman in cold blood as a bad tactic rather than as evil.


26 posted on 03/11/2009 5:14:01 AM PDT by Briton
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