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Posted by on Jul 31, 2007 in At TMV | 3 comments

Northern Ireland: End of an Error


The British army’s longest continuous military operation comes to an end at midnight tonight when responsibility for security in Northern Ireland passes to the police.

Operation Banner lasted 38 years and involved 300,000 personnel, of which 763 were killed by paramilitaries. The last soldier to die was Lance Bombardier Stephen Restorick, who was shot at a vehicle checkpoint in 1997.

From tomorrow there will still be a garrison of 5,000 troops in Ulster, but they will not be on active operations and will be available for deployment anywhere in the world.

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  • Rudi

    Shaun – If your still breathing and writing in 2042 will you post the same about the US and Iraq?

  • Most of coursely.

  • Alan G

    Wow, kind of like the end of an era.

    Do the kids (college-aged or younger) today even know that there was a conflict in Northern Ireland?

    Probably not. Boy, I feel old. 😉

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