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IRA retained active global support

Adrian Rutherford

Published 04/06/2011 | 17:00

THE IRA retained active support around the world right up until it finally put its arms beyond use, according to leaked embassy cables.

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Security analysts believed that it retained sympathisers in far-flung places, including Canada and Honduras.

A leaked cable reporting on Canadian terrorism identifies the IRA as one of several groups which have a presence in the country.

The cable -- dated December 2005 -- details a previous report by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).

The report noted that with the possible exception of the US, there were more international terrorist organisations active in Canada than anywhere in the world.

It adds: "Terrorist groups are present here whose origins lie in regional, ethnic and nationalist conflicts, including the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, as well as those in Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, the Punjab, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and the former Yugoslavia."

Specific groups which have "front organisations acting on their behalf or have active supporters in Canada" were reported to include Hezbollah, the Palestinian group Hamas, the Egyptian Al Jihad, the Tamil Tigers and the IRA.

A separate cable, originating from the US embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, also refers to individuals linked to the IRA in that country.

The cable states: "There are rumours that there are Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA), IRA and Chiapas (Zapatistas) sympathisers in Honduras who could be involved in advising indigenous groups".

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