Irish Republican Army Methodology

Logistical Needs: A number of international bodies; for instance, sympathizers offered Training for the group from the U.S., the PLO and Libyan administration.

The group also worked with the Marxists-learning groups like Italian Red Brigade, Kurdish Workers Party, German Baader-Meinhof Gang, and Basque Separatist Group

IRA Attacks

  • Belfast attack of the 1972 in which 9 people died and 130 injured
  • Assassination of four people among them, Lord Mountbatten who was Queen Elizabeth II’s uncle
  • Severe attack of 1998 in Northern Ireland where the Irish administration called for a cease-fire from the IRA, this attack was very effective

Political Ambition

The group Catholics/Republican as early as the beginning of 20th century. IRA was an army faction of the Sinn Fein back in 1918


Terrorist Cells; pursued discriminated attacks in form of assassination, sectarian violence, kidnapping, car bombings, human bombing, and assault on noncombatants

Target group; British civilian crowds, British military intelligence, and political leaders  

Classical Insurgencies, Guerilla Units; organized on territorial basis from brigades, to flying columns, divisions as the biggest organ. Securing weapons was problematic

Target group; cross border attacks that failed due to security crackdown that took away weapons. This tactic failed more than two times. 

Militias; this was s response unit to sectarian violence in Belfast in 1930s, managed political reforms against protests by peaceful rights movements, maintained political order due to military vacuum created by massive transfer of population

Targets; organized in three battalions to safeguard to denounce their presence in rural and urban areas by setting up surveillance systems like roadblocks, and checkpoints.

Police Agencies; intended to delegitimize British administration by takeover of local police functions, set up judicial processes to rule on legal matters. They executed, deported, and kneecapped criminals

Targets; drug dealers, British administrators, and the local police.

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