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Martin McGuinness, ruthless IRA commander who traded his weapons for peace, dies at 66

Martin McGuinness, ruthless IRA commander who traded his weapons for peace, dies at 66

Martin McGuinness, the ruthless Irish Republican Army commander who traded his weapons for politics and later played a key role in the Northern Ireland peace process, has died, leaving behind a conflicted legacy.

Once described as “Britain’s number one terrorist,” the die-hard Irish rebel was accused of overseeing some of the most deadly and devastating attacks on British and Irish soil during the height of the violence between Protestant and Roman Catholic forces.

He took up arms against British soldiers with the stated intention of bringing about the reunification of Ireland through force, and spent several stints behind bars for his links to the paramilitary...

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