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Ulster Defence Association

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The Ulster Defence Association

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SYND 17-8-72 UDA PATROL STREETS AFTER BOMBING

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Ex-UVF man's warning: 'It's haunted me and affected my mental health'

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Loyalist paramilitaries: The 'defence groups' that killed hundreds

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SYND 10-7-72 INTERVIEW WITH VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROTESTANT ULSTER DEFENCE ASSOCIATION

The Ulster Defence Association is the largest Ulster loyalist paramilitary and vigilante group in Northern Ireland. It was formed in September 1971 and undertook an armed campaign of almost twenty four years as one of the participants of the Troubles. For most of this time it was a legal organisation. Its declared goal was to defend Ulster Protestant loyalist areas and to combat Irish republicanism, particularly the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA). In the 1970s, uniformed UDA members openly patrolled these areas armed with batons and held large marches and rallies. Within the UDA was a group tasked with launching paramilitary attacks; it used the cover name Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) so that the UDA would not be outlawed. The British government outlawed the "UFF" in November 1973, but the UDA itself was not proscribed as a terrorist group until August 1992.
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