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Britain did not send troops there but did provide intelligence, transport, and trained US forces at the army’s jungle warfare school in Borneo.

Kitson later wrote about the techniques developed in Kenya in a book entitled Gangs and Countergangs which launched his reputation as an expert whose thinking and experience would shape British and United States counter-insurgency strategy. A group of men who were specially selected during internment in 1971, ‘Hooded Men,’ who allege they were tortured, commenced legal proceedings against him earlier this year. Petraeus was appointed as Director of the CIA by President Barack Obama and held that post between 2011 and 2012. If a fish has got to be destroyed it can be attacked directly by rod or net, providing it is in the sort of position which gives these methods a chance of success. On 11 August 1971, two days after the introduction of internment without trial had seen Nationalist areas of Northern Ireland react with what was virtually insurrection, ten people were murdered by Paratroopers in Ballymurphy, West Belfast.General David Petraeus who was commander of the United States Central Command and Coalition Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, viewed Kitson as a counter-insurgency guru.

If Britain had a functional media or a sensible government, the debate about the prosecution of a soldier for alleged murder on Bloody Sunday would be a chance to talk about our imperial history: how it’s shaped our post-imperial present and how it’s led us to the chaos of today. The military consequences of Kitson’s approach were that the Provisional IRA rapidly developed from a faction of a largely defunct IRA in early 1970 to a national liberation movement for many northern Catholics by spring 1972 (the deadliest year).According to Kenya’s biggest newspaper, the Daily Nation, a man named Ian Henderson was known in Kenya as the “ torturer in chief”, and was “the prime mover in the preparation of bogus evidence in the 1953 trial at Kapenguria”, where six leading Mau Mau figures were convicted, including the future first president of independent Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta. He subsequently authored two books on counter-insurgency, believed to be the blueprint for British policy in the Troubles. This should be a chance to talk about the tragic fact that the events in Derry that day weren’t nearly as unusual as we like to think. Kitson must have been well aware of all this and of the fact that when he was born in 1926 the sun never set on the British Empire. We get mawkish empire sentimentalism, and our reporters rarely examine the fact that we’ve become the world centre for mercenary companies, nor think about how that influences our politics.

This consisted of covert units liaising with local “proxies” to carry out deniable murders and foment internal dissent within republican paramilitary groups – along with mass screenings of the “suspect community”. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news! As is traditional for senior officers of the British Army, Kitson held a number of more honorary positions: Colonel Commandant of 2nd Battalion, Royal Green Jackets from 1 January 1979 to 1 January 1987; [26] [27] Honorary Colonel to the University of Oxford Officer Training Corps from 21 July 1982 to 21 July 1987; [28] [29] and Aide-de-Camp General to the Queen from 14 February 1983 to 1985. General Kitson oversaw operations of the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment, which opened fire on civil rights marchers in Derry in on Bloody Sunday, where 13 people were shot dead in January 1972.Kitson’s removal was a confidence-building signal to nationalists that Whitelaw’s approach would be focused on the political options, including negotiation with the Provisional IRA.

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