Mar 7, 2014
Dissidents Merge to Form New Irish Republican Army
Posted on Jul 27, 2012
A collection of radical left-wing groups opposed to British rule of Northern Ireland and critical of the political establishment, including the nationalist-focused Sinn Fein, have merged to reclaim the banner of the Irish Republican Army and are threatening violence against police.
The union of vigilantes recognized by the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland as terrorists promises to renew the bloody conflict between Irish nationalists and the British-dominated government.
A peace accord signed in April 1998 known as the “Good Friday Agreement” tentatively ended armed conflict between Republican paramilitary groups and the government. The recent announcement marks the first time since the agreement that a majority of the dissident forces have come together.
The new organization, which leaders claim consists of several hundred armed dissidents, plans to attack security forces and other symbols of British presence, a person close to the group told The Guardian.
See a breakdown of the former factions that make up the new IRA here.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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