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Falkland Islands attack surprised Margaret Thatcher

The 1982 invasion of the Falkland Islands by Argentina caught Margaret Thatcher by surprise, newly released government papers have shown.

The then-prime minister only saw it was likely after getting "raw intelligence" two days before the Argentines landed.

Papers released under the 30 year rule show Mrs Thatcher was acutely worried about retaking the islands.

Peter Biles reports.

  • 28 Dec 2012
  • From the section UK
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