Bill O’Reilly And America’s Reporting Of The Troubles

Volunteers of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army posing for the cameras, armed with American-supplied assault rifles and light machine-guns

Do you remember the days when editors or producers working in the newsrooms of New York, Washington or Los Angeles would contact their London-based “European correspondent” and ask him – or more rarely, her – to cover a high-profile story connected to the conflict in “Northern Ireland”? Throughout the late 1960s to early 1990s most … Continue reading

Terror Breeds Terror

Joint footpatrol of British UDA terrorists and British Army soldiers

Following on from my brief post criticising the agenda-loaded commentary by certain media-friendly “experts” on matters military and intelligence-related, in particular the claim by the right-wing British security journalist Paul Beaver that in “20 years of fighting PIRA… and Real IRA operatives, not one to my recollection, ever said they had been radicalized as an Irish nationalist terrorist … Continue reading

People Are Made Radical, Not Born Radical

ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

Paul Beaver is a veteran British defence journalist and member of the ultra-conservative Henry Jackson Society who has been regularly sought out by the international news media for his analyses of various conflicts around the world, notably the 1966-2005 Long War in the north-east of Ireland. Here he is speaking to the German newspaper Deutsche Welle (DW) on … Continue reading

Kincora Boys Home, The Scandal Britain Can’t Bury

A terrified Irish boy is interrogated by soldiers of the British Army's Gloucestershire Regiment, West Belfast, Ireland, March 1972

The Kincora Boys’ Home scandal represents one of the darker aspects of Britain’s counter-insurgency war in Ireland during the late 1960s, ‘70s and early 1980s. During this period British political, military and ethno-religious interests converged around a ritualistic paedophile grouping in the city of Belfast, one that exploited young children for the benefit of locally based or … Continue reading

Leo Dowling 08.01.1923

A British-supplied armoured car of the Irish National Army (Free State Army) on O'Connell Street, the Battle of Dublin, 1922

The background to the execution by firing squad of Leo Dowling, carried out by the Irish Free State regime in January 1923.

Partition Is Wrong In Ukraine But Right In Ireland?

The British Occupied North of Ireland

  Apparently ethno-religious separatists carving off regions of clearly defined national territories through violence and the threat of violence, with the partition of those territories, the forced movement or repression of communities opposed to the separatists, and ultimately perhaps the retention or annexation of the breakaway zones by those foreign powers who actively encouraged the … Continue reading

The United States’ Perpetual Groundhog Day

American soldiers prepare to storm a building in Iraq

The team at Tom’s Dispatch have done another excellent job of highlighting the seemingly perpetual nature of the United States’ military misadventures in the Middle East, a variation on Einstein’s famous (if apocryphal) quote: One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting a different result. “It was August 2, 1990, and Saddam Hussein, … Continue reading

6000 Islamic State Fighters Killed In US-Led Attacks?

ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

    Back in October of 2014 the CIA estimated that the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq had a military strength of some 20,000 to 30,000 fighters with other US intelligence sources claiming that air-strikes by the United States and its allies had killed several hundred IS combatants up to that point (though just how many were “combatants” … Continue reading

Special Forces, Special Operations, Special Rules

Troops from the United States Army on patrol in Iraq

In a similar vein to yesterday’s post on James Fallows’ controversial critique of the United States’ military in the Atlantic magazine comes this article by Nick Turse over on Tom’s Dispatch examining the remarkable growth of America’s special forces contingents since 2001. As with Britain’s counter-insurgency war in Ireland from the 1970s to late ’90s (and arguably to the present day) a … Continue reading

Military Secrets And Scandals

Volunteers of the Derry Brigade of the Irish Republican Army armed with American-supplied weapons, an M60 general-purpose machine gun and an AR-15 assault rifle, British Occupied North of Ireland,

For those of you interested in the performance of the United States Armed Forces over the last two decades, especially combating the invasion-born insurgent movements of Afghanistan and Iraq (and the many-headed hydra of militant political Islam that US and Coalition operations accelerated in growth and influence) the journalist James Fallows has a provocative opinion … Continue reading

Condemning Rebellion In Occupied France And Ireland

The Roman Catholic hierarchy with John Redmond MP, the leader of the Irish Nationalist establishment, 1912

Today’s Irish Times newspaper carries a deeply offensive article examining the period of 1939-45 in France and what the author of the piece characterizes as the “armed rebellion” of the French Resistance against the mandated administration of the country by Nazi Germany and it’s collaborationist partners during World War II. In particular the journalist questions … Continue reading

An Online Fenian Archive From ASF

British militiamen stand over the body of a slain soldier of the Irish Republican Army following the Battle of Eccles Hill, the Second Fenian Invasion of Canada 1870

  I’ve discussed my interest in utilising online resources for researching various historical topics a number of times on ASF, as can be seen in the two brief articles I wrote in 2011 and 2014 on the mainly American origins of the name “Irish Republican Army” (or “IRA”) where I used both newspaper and literary sources to uncover some of the earliest examples of it’s use. … Continue reading

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