Saturday, May 7, 2011

Old Northern Ireland Threat Tries to Raise U.S. Profile

Saturday, May 7, 2011

As the world focuses on the killing of Osama bin Laden, dissident Republicans in Northern Ireland—an older terrorist threat—are trying to emerge from the shadows by raising money in the U.S., security officials and a dissident group say.

These people say the small dissident groups—which go by names including the Real IRA, Continuity IRA and Oglaigh na hEireann—have held private fund-raisers in New York, Boston, Chicago and other cities even though they are explicitly banned from raising money in the U.S.

The dissident groups have been "rattling tins in [U.S.] bars," a security official said.

The effort comes at a ...



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