The MRF was a top secret section of the British army the unit was formed during the summer of 1971 and operated until late 1972 or early 1973. MRF teams operated in plain clothes and civilian vehicles, equipped with pistols and submachine guns they were tasked with tracking down and arresting, or killing, members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA).
Martin Dillon on the most well respected journalists and historians in Ireland described the MRF's purpose as being "to draw the Provisional IRA into a shooting war with loyalists in order to distract the IRA from its objective of attacking the Army".
MRF operatives patrolled the streets in these cars in teams of two to four, tracking down and arresting or killing suspected IRA members. They were armed with Browning pistols and Sterling sub-machine guns. Former MRF members admitted that the unit shot unarmed people without warning, both IRA members and civilians.Former MRF members claim they had a list of targets they were ordered to "shoot on sight".One member interviewed for the BBC's Panorama, Soldier F, said "We were not there to act like an army unit, we were there to act like a terror group". Soldier H said "We operated initially with them thinking that we were the UVF", to which Soldier F added: "We wanted to cause confusion". Another said that their role was "to draw out the IRA and to minimise their activities".They said they fired on groups of people manning defensive barricades, on the assumption that some might be armed.The MRF member who made a statement in 1978 opined that the unit's role was one of "repression through fear, terror and violence". He said that the unit had been trained to use weapons favoured by the IRA so that their killings would be blamed on republicans.
In 1972, MRF teams carried out a number of drive-by shootings on random civilians in Catholic and Irish nationalist areas of Belfast, most of which were attributed to Ulster loyalist paramilitaries, At least fifteen civilians were shot but there is thought to be many more, MRF members have affirmed the unit's involvement in most of these attacks. There are also allegations that the unit helped loyalists to carry out attacks.
It was a British army unit of just 40 members some of which were taken from special forces like the SAS.
Apart from false flag shootings they are also suspected (but this isn't fact) to be behind a number of false flag terror bombings, intelligence, in October 1972, the IRA uncovered and attacked two of the MRF's front companies— a mobile laundry service and a massage parlour— which contributed to the unit's dissolution.
The MRF was succeeded by a far more sophisticated unit the Special Reconnaissance Unit (SRU; or 14 Intelligence Company) and, later, by the Force Research Unit (FRU). It's alleged they stopped using soldiers to carry out their assassinations and false flag terror attacks and bombings and solely used loyalist paramilitaries to carry out their attacks.
Edit: some people are calling this a theory here's a link to a BBC news story about it where multiple members of the MRF give accounts on how their unit was created to be a terror group to fight the IRA.
There's also a panorama documentary which goes into far more detail but I can't find it, this is not a theory at all it's fact.
Martin Dillon one of the most well respected journalists and historians has made numerous articles about it, there's also numerous news reports you can read about online with far more evidence than I can post here, there are also members not shown in the new documentary who speak about it far more graphically in the Provos, loyalists and Brits documentary from the 90s.
This is not a theory.