Provisional Irish Republican Army

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Noun1.Provisional Irish Republican Army - a militant organization of Irish nationalists who used terrorism and guerilla warfare in an effort to drive British forces from Northern Ireland and achieve a united independent Ireland
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Sinn Fein - an Irish republican political movement founded in 1905 to promote independence from England and unification of Ireland; became the political branch of the Irish Republican Army
Eire, Ireland, Irish Republic, Republic of Ireland - a republic consisting of 26 of 32 counties comprising the island of Ireland; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1921
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We also hear from lesser-known individuals such as Peggy O'Hara, the mother of hunger-striker Patsy O'Hara, and Brendan Duddy, the Derry businessman who served as the back-channel between MI6 and the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA).
gives a maximum effect to the explosive and the explosion," said Gerald Murray, a retired British forensic expert with 40 years of experience that included handling hundreds of bombing cases in Northern Ireland during the Provisional Irish Republican Army's insurgency campaign.
Sophisticated organizations, both past and present, such as al Qaeda, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA), Egyptian Islamic Group (IG), and Fatah all use a variety of techniques described throughout this book to evade their adversaries' most effective counterintelligence methods, and it is these four groups the case studies represent.
Two bombs placed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army exploded in litter bins outside a Boots store and a McDonald's restaurant, killing and injuring many.
The Provisional Irish Republican Army was widely blamed for the attack but never formally claimed responsibility.
1979: A Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb kills British World War II admiral Louis Mountbatten and three others while they are boating on holiday in Sligo, Republic of Ireland.
The US-based Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID), founded in the late 1960s, provided the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) with money that was frequently used for arms purchases.
The guerilla tactics in the pic are said to have been instructive for the Black Panthers, the Provisional Irish Republican Army, the Baader-Meinhof Gang, and even the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front.

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