WITH THE NEW IRA THREAT­EN­ING TO STRIKE, WE LOOK AT

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JON LIVESEY

A TROOP of heav­ily-armed, en­raged warriors can be a truly TER­RI­FY­ING sight.

But when those sol­diers be­long to a vi­cious para­mil­i­tary unit that doesn’t an­swer to any government, the prospect of fac­ing them be­comes even more BLOOD-CUR­DLING!

In North­ern Ire­land, there has been a resur­gence in hard­line repub­li­can­ism re­cently, with hun­dreds sign­ing up to join the New IRA, a coali­tion cre­ated out of the Real IRA and other ter­ror­ist groups.

And fol­low­ing a wave of vi­o­lence, Bri­tish sources now fear the lat­est band of repub­li­can dis­si­dents is plan­ning a ma­jor ter­ror­ist at­tack ahead of the G8 sum­mit in En­niskillen in June.

They are con­cerned the para­mil­i­tary unit will strike when a num­ber of the world’s most high-pro­file lead­ers – in­clud­ing Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron and US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama – are in North­ern Ire­land.

To make mat­ters worse, vi­o­lence in­flicted by pro-Bri­tish paramil­i­taries in North­ern Ire­land since early De­cem­ber has been some of the worst seen in the province since 1998.

Rag­ing at the de­ci­sion to re­strict the fly­ing of the Bri­tish flag over Belfast City Hall, bel­liger­ent loy­al­ists have bat­tled po­lice in the streets, fir­ing gun­shots and throw­ing petrol bombs.

Com­ment­ing on para­mil­i­tary groups, Gor­don Stratton, an ex­pert on in­ter­na­tional ter­ror, said: “Th­ese peo­ple think noth­ing of mass mur­der, tor­ture and de­struc­tion.

“They don’t see vic­tims – they only see tar­gets.”

As po­lice in North­ern Ire­land strug­gle to com­bat the ter­ror threats, Mid­week Sport takes a look at the world’s most dan­ger­ous paramil­i­taries and why they should be feared.

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