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just seemed to have passed without much notice.
its quite the historical occasion.
on the BBC News page for part of the day yesterday.
you start threads about pants. And that's your lot.
or maybe mclusky...
the troop numbers in NI have been declining for a while, and they aren't all leaving, so really it's just a continuation of an existing process. The difference is that they have declared the end of the operation and decided it is moving into a different operation phase.
So basically, it's nice that less troops are required in the increasingly peaceful region, but ultimately this news has a more symbolic than tangible effect.
this fair morn
has been very clear about there being no ceremony or publicity surrounding the standing down of the operation, so as not to inflame controversy.
I guess that was part of the reason.
That said it's obv been big news here, although the current climate means even the politician's have been low-key about things.
BBC World news yesterday. A fairly detailed report too.
(yes, yes... I'm one of those sad people who still have to get their BBC news fix when abroad...)
i have vivid memories of my grannys house, watching soldiers with machine guns walk by, stand outside her house, our car being searched when going into her village....