IRA poised to ‘end operations’

IRA poised to ‘end operations’

One of the longest, deadliest, bloodiest guerilla operations on the planet may soon be ending peacefully.

Have they been fighting for 80 years? Or for 300 years? Depends how you count it. The IRA invented urban terrorism. If you can’t fight them head on, then blow them up and assassinate them. No one until the IRA in 1917 had done that on an organized basis in an urban setting, and it was a devastatingly successful tactic. So much so that their tactics were studied and adopted by many other liberation / terrorist groups.

Now, in a world about to go mad with war, the IRA appears ready to disarm completely.

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