Irish generals plotted to attack UK forces in Ulster

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Ireland plotted to send special forces to attack BBC studios in Belfast as part of plans to invade Northern Ireland, it emerged yesterday.

Codenamed 'Exercise Armageddon', the operations against British targets in 1969 would have stunned the world.

Tensions were running high as the Troubles began in earnest.

In August that year, Irish prime minister Jack Lynch said he would not stand by as the innocent suffered, fearing a huge onslaught by loyalists on Roman Catholic civilians.

Soon after his comments, British troops were sent to restore order to Northern Ireland - in a mission that was to last more than three decades.

Meanwhile, Irish generals continued to plot their own attack on the province.

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