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27 MAY

BRITISH GENERAL – ‘MY WISH WAS TO EXCITE TERROR’

[ 27 May 1798 ]

On 27 May 1798, Major General John Moore, having been given orders to quell any sign of anti-British rebellion in the County of Cork in Ireland, reflected in his diary on his frustration over the reluctance of the locals to collaborate. 

RAF BOMBING DEVASTATES THE KURDISH TOWN OF SULAYMANIYAH

[ 27 May 1924 ]

On this day in 1924, the RAF initiated what it described as the ‘intensive bombing’ of the town of Sulaymaniyah in the kurdish region of north eastern Iraq, after the local governor, Sheikh Mahmud Barzanji, was reported to have been raising illegal taxes, which the government feared might be the first stage in a planned insurgency against British rule. 

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