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3 External Aid
The group has carried out numerous terrorist attacks, including bombings, assassinations, kidnappings, extortion, and robberies. Targets include British military and Northern Irish security targets and Northern Irish Loyalist paramilitary groups. It has also launched bomb attacks against predominantly Protestant towns in Northern Ireland. The CIRA does not have an established presence or capability to launch attacks on the British mainland.
The U.S. government believes the organization has fewer than 50 hardcore activists.
The U.S. also suspects the CIRA gets funds and arms from sympathizers in the United States. It may have acquired arms and materiel from the Balkans in cooperation with the "Real IRA", another splinter group.