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Signs of hope and reconciliation: Irish troops to operate with British unit in Mali

Pretty small to start: Six Irish troops with work with 21 British troops. And less than 100 years after the Easter Rising! (And why six Irishmen — for the "six counties that live under John Bull’s tyranny"?) I wonder: Has the British Army ever formally recognized and honored the role that Irishmen (not Anglo-Irish aristos) ...

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Pretty small to start: Six Irish troops with work with 21 British troops. And less than 100 years after the Easter Rising! (And why six Irishmen — for the "six counties that live under John Bull’s tyranny"?)

I wonder: Has the British Army ever formally recognized and honored the role that Irishmen (not Anglo-Irish aristos) historically played in its enlisted ranks?

In other Anglo-foreign military news, a Canadian reservist who presided over a lethal screw-up with Claymore mines in Afghanistan was demoted from major to lieutenant. I don’t remember that sort of two-grade demotion occurring in the U.S. military — do you?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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