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Old 25-04-2014, 03:33 AM   #190
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Operation Banner was the operational name for the British Armed Forces' operation in Northern Ireland from August 1969 to July 2007.. It was initially deployed at the request of the unionist government of Northern Ireland to support the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC).. After the 1998 Belfast Agreement, the operation was gradually scaled down. Its role was to assert the authority of the Government of the United Kingdom in Northern Ireland...

The main opposition to the British military's deployment came from the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA).. It waged a guerrilla campaign against the British military from 1970 to 1997. An internal British Army document released in 2007 stated that, whilst the Army had failed to defeat the IRA, it had made it impossible for the IRA to win through violence, and had also reduced substantially the death toll in the last years of conflict..

The support to the police forces was primarily from the British Army, with the Royal Air Force providing helicopter support as required. A maritime component was supplied under the codename of Operation Grenada, by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines in direct support of the Army commitment. This was tasked with interdicting the supply of weapons and munitions to both sides of the sectarian divide, acting as a visible deterrence by maintaining a conspicuous maritime presence on and around the coast of Northern Ireland and Lough Neagh...
2 British Army out-of-uniform soldiers were killed by the PI RA, after they drove into the funeral procession of an I RA member..3 days beforehand, loyalist Stone had attacked an IRA funeral and killed 3 people... Believing it to be another loyalist attack, dozens of mourners attacked the soldiers' car.. During this, Corporal Wood drew his service pistol and fired a shot in the air..The soldiers were then dragged from their vehicle, beaten and thrown over a high wall to be put into a waiting black taxi.. It was driven off at speed to nearby waste ground, stripped and shot dead.. while camera crews captured one of its passengers waving a fist in the air...Because it was fully captured by TV cameras, the incident has been described as one of the "most dramatic and harrowing images" of the conflict in NI..54°35′03.25″N / 5°58′41.20″W...The Volkswagen Passat is a large family car marketed by German automaker Volkswagen through 6 design generations since 1973...

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