|Operation Banner (Completed Oct 2012)|
|Written by LightningUK|
|Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00|
Operation Banner was the operational name for the British Armed Forces' operation in Northern Ireland from August 1969 to July 2012. 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. It continued, however, to support the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) from 2001. Its role was to engage in counter-terrorism and public-order operations in response to the Troubles, and to assist the Government in its goal of restoring normality in Northern Ireland.
A key event in the campaign was Bloody Sunday - a civil rights march turned nasty with an amount of youths starting a riot against an RGJ (Royal Green Jacket) checkpoint. They responded with the usual anti-riot tactics, and eventually the Parachute Regiment (The Paras) was called in, and they shot dead 13 civilians.
The peacekeeping role of 1969 quickly deteriorated. Relations with the disgruntled Catholic minority turned sour, irreparably, after paratroopers killed 14 people in a 1972 shooting still remembered as Bloody Sunday. Soldiers were soon fighting urban gun battles with the Irish Republican Army. In 1972, the worst year of the conflict, 134 soldiers were killed, almost as many as have died in the past four years in Iraq.
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