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Brexit, Northern Ireland and a hard border: What you need to know

2018-11-23 09:48:12       source:The Aljazeera

November 22, 2018

Eric Brown had a target on his back for 28 years. That's how long he spent in the security forces of Northern Ireland, first in the police, then the British Army, during the Troubles.

The sectarian conflict from 1968 to 1998 pitted mostly Catholic Irish nationalists, who wanted to end British rule in Northern Ireland, against mostly Protestant unionists, who wanted British rule to continue.

Policemen and soldiers were routine targets for Irish nationalist paramilitaries, as they were regarded as enforcers of British occupation.

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