From Belfast to Basra: Terrorizing Civilians is What Occupying Forces Do

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The latest no shit story is that “soldiers from an undercover unit used by the British army in Northern Ireland killed unarmed civilians.”

“Before it was disbanded 40 years ago, after 18 months, plain-clothes soldiers carried out round-the-clock patrols of west Belfast – the heartland of the IRA – in unmarked cars.”

Former members of the unit stated that “they also carried out drive-by shootings of nationalists, even though there was no independent evidence any of them were IRA members.”

We were not there to act like an army unit, we were there to act like a terror group.”


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This news will, of course, not surprise the Irish nor anyone unfortunate enough to have first-hand experience of living under occupation – or anyone remotely aware of history for that matter.

A more recent occurrence of terrorism by occupying forces was documented in Iraq in 2003. Two SAS soldiers were freed from a jail in Basra by the British military after they were arrested for “shooting at policemen”. The British soldiers were “wearing Arab clothes” and from the car that they were driving, opened “fire on a police checkpoint, killing one. In pursuit, the police surround(ed) and detain the drivers and (found) the vehicle packed with explosives.”

“That’s right — two members of the British Armed forces disguised as Arab civilians killed a member of the Iraqi police while evading capture. When the people of Basra rightfully refused to turn the murderers over to the British government, per Coalition ‘mandate,’ they sent their own men in and released over 100 prisoners in the process.”


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If this occurred anywhere else in the world and if their targets were our allies, these men would have been charged with terrorism, put on a one way flight to Guantanamo Bay or one of our countless other secret detention centers where they would have been tortured until they revealed the location and identity of their employers. All of that would have been unnecessary of course, since we all know that they were working for the British government to destabilize the region. This is not speculation, this incident is a well-documented conspiracy and it will remain a part of our history.

How many of these operatives, i.e., terrorists, Western governments have unleashed on the civilian populations of world is anyone’s guess. Why they have done, and continue to do such a thing, can only be speculated upon. The only ones who truly know the reasons are our governments and until we demand answers and justice this practice will continue, may it be in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine, Western Sahara, Tibet, or the numerous other occupied territories across the globe (1, 2, 3).

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  • Craig Bickford

    Strategy of Tension for the win!

  • Tom

    The British army were not occupying Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of Britain and whether some like it or not the majority of Northern Irish people at that time and now favour staying in Britain.

    One might take issue with how most of that population ended up coming into Ireland hundreds of years before but the same goes for almost the entire population of North America today.

    • pacific waters

      You’re playing fast and loose with the facts. Certainly England considers NI to be part of GB but the fact is that it is the remainder of an occupied Ireland that GB chose to keep upon partition. At the time of partition MOST Irish did not want to be part of GB. The MAJORITY, the Protestants did but that majority was not MOST Irish. Most of the Southern Counties, which were majority Catholic, would have preferred to avoid British rule. The British paras may not have been an occupying force in the northern counties but they were certainly were in the southern counties.

  • Ron Chandler

    I have known of this story since 2005, when it was repored by the BBC World Service, and picked up by prominent journalist on the London Independent, Robert Fisk. His raising of the topic got him curtly slapped down on Australian television by shill talking head Tony Jones.
    Since then recurrent attempts, extremely elaborate, including a one-hour fake BBC ‘expose’ running a flat-out red herring tale, was fabricated using actors to re-cast the Basra operation. It ran on Australia’s most ‘credible’ current affairs program, Four Corners. in October 2010.
    This year, another elaborate red herring has run: the publication of a book by a fabricated personality, one ‘Rabia Siddique’ pretending to be an Australian woman trained in Britain and deployed in – wait for it – Basra! “Rabia’s War” is the book, a real one ghost-written for her. A review appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald magazine GoodWeekend, on 21st September 2013.
    Someone somewhere is going to incredbile lengths to confuse and spread disinfo about this incident. While 50-odd Iraqis died in the attack on the Basra police station, and an obvious terrorist bombing by the SAS was narrowly averted, the ‘black swan’ aspect is the most likely reason for this enormous years-long cover-up. The activities of John Negroponte and Robert Ford in Baghdad and the fomenting of the ‘Sunni Awakening, still killing hundreds each month, are documented by Channel Four. So far, the psychopaths of this unit which murdered its way from Belfast to Basra are not official. Let’s hope it may become so.

    • salviad

      Thanks for the info, I had no idea that they were trying so hard to bury the facts on this, a la ‘Black Hawk Down’.

  • Jin The Ninja

    apologist for war crimes and empire,

    do you know ANYTHING about what you’re referring?

    i suppose not.

    • Tom

      As I say, most Northern Irish people identify themselves as British. I am not an apologist for the mess over there and the terrible crimes that people on all ‘sides’ committed but it is inaccurate to portray what was going on there as the British Empire squashing republicanism against the wishes of the majority of people.

      Empires have made messes but in many cases one must find a compromise. You can’t tell Northern Irish people who’ve been there for hundreds of years to go back to Scotland. You can’t tell Australians to go back to Europe. You can’t tell Argentinians to go back to Spain.

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