Decapitation and paramilitary feuds in Northern Ireland, 1969-1992

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Sanders, A. 2022. Decapitation and paramilitary feuds in Northern Ireland, 1969-1992. Critical Studies on Terrorism. https://doi.org/10.1080/09603123.2022.2084275
AuthorsSanders, A.
Abstract

This article seeks to draw together two major themes in studies of political violence, namely, decapitation and factionalism, using exam- ples from the Irish republican paramilitary groups that emerged during the period of conflict in Northern Ireland commonly known as the Troubles. I seek to complement the extensive literature across these areas by offering analysis of the behaviour of Irish republican paramilitary groups during internecine feuds that took place between the 1969 split in the Irish Republican Army and the 1992 Provisional Irish Republican Army action against the Irish People’s Liberation Organisation. By comparing three inter-group feuds, this study will demonstrate the prevalence of decapitation attacks in the aftermath of factional splits and the serious consequences that they have for groups which suffer a decapitation attack.

KeywordsNorthern Ireland; decapitation; feuding; assassination; IRA
Year2022
JournalCritical Studies on Terrorism
PublisherRoutledge - Taylor and Francis
ISSN 1753-9161
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09603123.2022.2084275
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09603123.2022.2084275
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Online10 Jun 2022
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Deposited04 Aug 2022
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