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The Toxic Legacy of the Northern Ireland Troubles


The 50th anniversary of the day that British troops first deployed to Northern Ireland offers an opportunity to reflect on the legacy of Operation Banner, and whether the security forces contributed to the troubles or prevented them.

On 14 August 2019 the 50th anniversary will be marked since British troops were first deployed onto the streets of Northern Ireland. Some 250,000 service personnel were deployed in Operation Banner between 1969 and their withdrawal in 2007, the longest continuous involvement of the military in support of the civil authorities in the UK in modern times. In total some 1,441 troops died on operational service in Northern Ireland of which 53 were outside the Province, including

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