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As well as paramilitary activity, the South Armagh Brigade has also been widely accused of smuggling across the Irish border . [5] Between 1970 and 1997 the brigade was responsible for the deaths of 165 members of British security forces (123

As well as paramilitary activity, the South Armagh Brigade has also been widely accused of smuggling across the Irish border . [5] Between 1970 and 1997 the brigade was responsible for the deaths of 165 members of British security forces (123 British soldiers and 42 Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers). A further 75 civilians were killed in the area during the conflict, [6] as well as ten South Armagh Brigade members. [7] The RUC recorded 1,255 bombings and 1,158 shootings around a radius of ten miles from the geographic centre of South Armagh in the same period. [6]

South Armagh has a long Irish republican tradition. Many men in the area served in the Fourth Northern Division of the Irish Republican Army during the Irish War of Independence (1919–21) and, unlike most of the rest of the Northern Ireland IRA, on the republican side in the Irish Civil War (1922–23). Men from the area also took part in IRA campaigns in the 1940 and 1950s. [8]

At the beginning of the Northern Ireland Troubles in August 1969, rioters, led by IRA men, attacked the RUC barracks in Crossmaglen , in retaliation for the attacks on Catholic/nationalist areas in Belfast in the Northern Ireland riots of August 1969 . [9] After the split in the IRA in that year, the South Armagh unit sided with the Provisional IRA rather than the Official IRA . The following August, two RUC constables were killed by a car bomb in Crossmaglen . A week later, a British soldier was killed in a firefight along the border. [10]

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