Why were civilian deaths by the army so high during the Troubles?

According to what I have read the Army was responsible for more killings of innocent people than they were people affiliated with paramilitary groups.

Why was this the case?

Not knowing combat, I would assume that maybe during gunfights lots of civilians may have been accidentally killed?

Thanks for any insight you can give me.
 
According to what I have read the Army was responsible for more killings of innocent people than they were people affiliated with paramilitary groups.

Why was this the case?

Not knowing combat, I would assume that maybe during gunfights lots of civilians may have been accidentally killed?

Thanks for any insight you can give me.
To be honest, some of those little pink civvy faces were just begging to have half a mag emptied into them.

Then, like Pringles, once they pop, you just can't stop.
 
According to what I have read the Army was responsible for more killings of innocent people than they were people affiliated with paramilitary groups.

Why was this the case?

Not knowing combat, I would assume that maybe during gunfights lots of civilians may have been accidentally killed?

Thanks for any insight you can give me.
Read? I doubt it.
 
We had more guns.
 

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Because the PIRA "soldiers" suddenly became innocent bystanders when they became casualties! :)
 
According to what I have read the Army was responsible for more killings of innocent people than they were people affiliated with paramilitary groups.

Why was this the case?

Not knowing combat, I would assume that maybe during gunfights lots of civilians may have been accidentally killed?

Thanks for any insight you can give me.
I read the moon is made out of cheese, I have nothing to substantiate that claim, just like you have nothing to substantiate yours.
 

Mrsheeny

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According to what I have read the Army was responsible for more killings of innocent people than they were people affiliated with paramilitary groups.

Why was this the case?

Not knowing combat, I would assume that maybe during gunfights lots of civilians may have been accidentally killed?

Thanks for any insight you can give me.
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If ever there was one, the poster has placed a loaded question' Why doesn't he come clean and relate where his leanings lie?
The IRA had one great advantage over the military, and that was the wearing of 'Civilian clothes' it gave them an advantage and the ability to kill when they chose, and who they chose, and very often their own people.
 
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hang in there pal... you be glad you asked the question in the end...

...perhaps.


Wait though, on second thoughts, you‘ll probably wish you’d gone to the provisional wing of the CorbynMcDonnell Friends of Terrorists Worldwide with your drivel.
 

Nato123

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According to what I have read the Army was responsible for more killings of innocent people than they were people affiliated with paramilitary groups.

Why was this the case?

Not knowing combat, I would assume that maybe during gunfights lots of civilians may have been accidentally killed?

Thanks for any insight you can give me.

Dunno what did you read?..... or did these 'Civilians' happen to be wearing black balaclavas and carrying firearms at the time of their completely justifiable and well celebrated. sorry, I mean their unfortunate death?
 
Thanks for the replies guys.

First and foremost let me just apologise if my post came across as rude. That was absolutely not my intention and perhaps I should have worded it more sensitively.

Let me be clear that the IRA was an awful organisation and the people who prevented them from determining the future of Northern Ireland through violence are heroes and I am sure there are some people here who were involved in this. I take my hat off to veterans who were involved in stopping this cruel organisation.
 
Thanks for the replies guys.

First and foremost let me just apologise if my post came across as rude. That was absolutely not my intention and perhaps I should have worded it more sensitively.

Let me be clear that the IRA was an awful organisation and the people who prevented them from determining the future of Northern Ireland through violence are heroes and I am sure there are some people here who were involved in this. I take my hat off to veterans who were involved in stopping this cruel organisation.
I read a statistic only this morning that the Army were responsible for only 9% of deaths (and the VAST majority of those were terrorists) and Republican terrorists were responsible for 76%.
 
Thanks for the replies guys.

First and foremost let me just apologise if my post came across as rude. That was absolutely not my intention and perhaps I should have worded it more sensitively.

Let me be clear that the IRA was an awful organisation and the people who prevented them from determining the future of Northern Ireland through violence are heroes and I am sure there are some people here who were involved in this. I take my hat off to veterans who were involved in stopping this cruel organisation.
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just noticed the spelling mistake... image from somebody selling emergency exit signs on t’interweb. Here
 

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