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Operation Demetrius Internment Ballymurphy Massacre

Internment Files Released for 50th Anniversary

New Evidence: Operation Demetrius and Internment August 9th sees the 50th anniversary of the launch of Operation Demetrius, the British Army operation of mass arrest and internment without trial of Irish Catholics suspected by the British authorities of being involved in the Irish Republican Army. Most were not. If ever proof was needed that the …

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New Evidence: Joe McCann Was No Threat When Shot In The Back

Secret British Army files prove that Joe McCann was no threat when shot in the back by soldiers of the Parachute Regiment. The family of Joe McCann will present the evidence to the Attorney General when seeking a fresh inquest into his killing on 15th April 1972. Unredacted British Army files secured by Paper Trail …

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Loyalist March

Britain’s Failure To Proscribe Loyalist Extremist Groups

Britain’s failure to proscribe Loyalist extremist groups will feature in legacy court cases for years to come. Britain, of course, also stands accused of arming and funding Loyalist extremist groups during the conflict, but its failure to proscribe these from the start will be tested by litigation too. The British state’s defence that it was …

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Jean Smyth-Campbell Murder: Independent Investigation Ordered

The Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland has ordered an independent investigation into the murder of Jean Smyth-Campbell. Jean Smyth-Campbell was a single mother who was shot dead in an unprovoked attack in June 1972. The Royal Ulster Constabulary told her family that she was murdered by the local members of the …

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Patsy Kelly Truth and Justice Campaign

Patsy Kelly Murder, 1974 – Startling New Information Uncovered

Statement by the family of Patsy Kelly on the discovery of startling new information which points towards a cover-up by the British state. Startling new information relating to the 1974 abduction and murder of Independent Councillor, Patsy Kelly (right), from Trillick, Co. Tyrone, has been uncovered following a freedom of information request on behalf of …

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Green Howards worried about MRF October 1971

Earliest Record of Operational MRF?

Is this the earliest record of an operational Military Reaction Force (MRF)? A British Army 39 Brigade Commander’s Diary from October 1971 could have uncovered the earliest operational record of the clandestine Military Reaction Force. We have other records naming the main players like Captain Arthur Watchus and Sergeant Clive Graham Williams from the beginning …

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Kelly’s Bar Atrocity: Foreknowledge and Preventability

British Prime Minister Files prove that the British army expected the bomb car and could have prevented attack on Kelly’s Bar on 13th May 1972. Secret files – one signed by the British Prime Minister Edward Heath – prove that the British officer in charge of an observation post overlooking Kelly’s Bar was “warned to …

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