‘Bandit Country’: The IRA & South Armagh by Toby Harnden. For nearly three decades, South Armagh has been the most dangerous posting in the world for a . In case anyone didn’t know, Bandit Country is south Armagh, a sobriquet bestowed on the area and its inhabitants by the jelly. As the helicopter banks over the heavily-fortified Army base at Crossmaglen in the heart of South Armagh’s bandit country, incoming troops are.
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Recently appointed the Daily Telegraph’s bureau chief in Washington, this is his first book. The bomb was to be set off by a nail attached to a kitchen timer contry would complete an electrical circuit, sending power through to two detonators which would activate the detonating cord and, in turn, set off the booster tubes and trigger the main explosive charge.
It is a full 30 minutes before the comforting sound of the helicopter blades can be heard. Had he opened the door, he would have set off the anti-handling device and activated the bomb. As we wait for the helicopters, each soldier checks and re-checks his equipment: But there was confusion about exactly where the IRA had said the bomb was and over the next hour another 16 officers were sent out to set up cordons and clear the streets.
He was one of the first journalists at the scene of the IRA’s Docklands bomb and, after moving to Belfast, reported on the second IRA ceasefire, the Good Friday Agreement and the Omagh bombing as well numerous explosions, shootings, riots, marches and political crises.
On top of that, the rules of “normalisation” mean that soldiers are not allowed to apply face camouflage, wear helmets or body armour – or even to aim their weapon sights on potential targets.
Inside the lorry was more than 3,lbs of explosives made up of ammonium nitrate fertiliser mixed with icing sugar in plastic sacks. On both sides of the Irish Sea, few could bring themselves to believe that the statement or the warnings were genuine. Toby Harnden has stripped away the myth and propaganda associated with South Armagh to produce one of the most compelling and important books of the Troubles.
The kitchen timer had been set for two hours so that it would run out at 7pm. Sign up to our Frontpage news email. Their role is to support the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the cross-community force that replaced the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
Instead of embracing the peace process, the British government acted in bad faith, with Mr Major and the Unionist leaders squandering this unprecedented opportunity to resolve the conflict. For a fraction of a second, the hundreds of people still working in Canary Wharf, one of Europe’s tallest tower blocks, felt that the building was about to collapse.
Lt Col Bashall, who recently returned from Afghanistan, is equally optimistic – but aware of the responsibility carried by him and each of his men.
As part of the process of “normalisation” they are required to melt into the shadows: Each soldier seeks out a position which will provide him with shelter from attack but will allow him to observe the surrounding terrain. It is no simple job.
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Newshound [Northern Ireland news links]. We’re too open to attack. Aware that a mistake on her part could lead bandt the deaths of scores of people, she requested that the caller repeat the details. Every soldier has had to be briefed in minute detail on the potential trouble spots, the areas of greatest risk and even the names of terrorists they may encounter as they patrol through Crossmaglen. Realising he needed to clear the row of shops next to the transporter, Degraff rushed into a newsagent’s store at 6.
The sacks were in two compartments in the back of the transporter and packed around ‘booster tubes’. Decision day for Ulster.
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Bandit Country The Book. Lt Col James Bashall, the urbane commander of 2 Para and ria veteran of seven tours in Ulster, remains unruffled but does not attempt to disguise the difficulties ahead. Armayh John Grieve, head of the Metropolitan Police’s anti-terrorist branch, later banidt that when he was paged by detectives with a message to call Sir Paul Condon, the Met’s Commissioner, he thought it must be a practical joke.
Resenting the label, Irish nationalists refer to the area, a place of rebellion and lawlessness for centuries past, as “God’s Country”. Bandit Country Toby Harnden No preview available – The Paras are aware this could be a classic “come on” – an event arranged by terrorists to draw them into an ambush.
A look of concern spreads across his face before he disappears back inside the bunker. He points to a large ans looking house on a hill and, smiling, he tells me it belongs to an IRA man who has become a multi-millionaire through smuggling diesel.
When RTE’s main evening news began at 6.
Even now, almost five years into the peace negotiations, the Army remains an unwanted force, still the prime target for those republicans who will never accept a British presence in the Six Counties. Coronetwnd History – pages. A minute before 7pm, a blue flash could be seen several miles away as the lorry exploded; Bashir and Jefferies were blown through two walls and their bodies buried by tons of rubble.
Drawing on secret documents and interviews in South Armagh’s recent history, he tells the inside story of how the IRA came close to bringing the British state to its knees.
The threat of bomb and mortar attacks are officially declared “high”: No eBook available Amazon. South Armagh was described as ‘Bandit Country’ by Merlyn Rees when he was Northern Ireland Secretary and for nearly three decades it has been the most dangerous posting in the world for a British soldier.
Last week as three people, hte a senior member of Sinn Banndit, were charged with spying – precipitating the almost certain suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly – that risk increased.
Degraff went to the cab and was about to look inside when he stopped himself. Constantly thhe their positions so ar,agh a sniper can not get a fix on their position is the only tactic open to them. We’re going here,” and he points to a spot on the map.
We will have to be vigilant but we will have to get the balance right.