Bahrain declared US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski “unwelcome” for allegedly interfering in Bahraini affairs, after he met with senior members of the country’s main opposition group, the Shiite organization Al-Wefaq. Various NGOs in Bahrain condemned the move. Malinowski had also met with leaders of other groups.
Two Bahrainis were accused of injuring two police officers with a remotely detonated bomb in Demistan in December. A police officer was killed by a bombing in Eker in July 5. Prime Minister Khalifa urged a resolute stand against terrorism.
A court sentenced five people to prison for planning attacks on the US Navy base, Safriya palace, and Gudaibiya palace; using hot air balloons to disrupt aviation; and trying to help wanted Bahrainis to escape into Iraq. The cell allegedly plotted with fugitive terrorist Abdulraouf Al Shayeb. Six members of the so-called Al Ashtar Brigades […]
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The Interior Ministry has ordered Bahrainis who are “currently in conflict zones … on the pretext of jihad” to “return to the country within two weeks” or face terrorism charges and the possible loss of citizenship. Security forces seized a number of ready-to-use Molotov cocktails at an apartment in Sanabis. The US Navy plans to […]
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The Interior Ministry said that a remotely detonated bomb planted by terrorists in Daih killed three policemen. Another bomb was defused, and two more detonated without causing injuries.
An ex-Guantanamo detainee, Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifah, has reportedly traveled from Bahrain to join the jihad in Syria. According to a leaked Joint Task Force Guantanamo threat assessment, Sheikh Salman had ties to senior al Qaeda and Taliban officials prior to his detention in Pakistan and transfer to Guantanamo.
Authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle arms and weapons into the country by boat, including anti-personnel and armor-piercing explosives, “50 Iranian-made hand bombs,” and 295 apparently Syrian-made commercial detonators. They also arrested 13 people trying to flee by boat, and dismantled a car bomb in Al-Houra. Five men were sentenced to 15 years in prison […]
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Two men were sentenced to life in prison for a car bomb attack near a Sunni mosque in July; two other defendants were sentenced to 15 years in prison. The government said the defendants, who were also convicted of setting up a terrorist organization, had tried to inflame sectarian tensions.
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A car bomb injured four policemen in a Shia village near Manama last week. Police recently clashed with February 14 Coalition protesters in Shia villages near the capital.
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A car bomb detonated outside the capital of Manama, and a policeman was hurt by a firebomb. Authorities seized a large cache of Molotov cocktails and homemade weapons in Bilad Al Qadeem. The government is stepping up measures to reduce violence and prevent terrorism, and will begin regulating websites tied to international terrorist organizations, including […]
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Thousands of protesters clashed with riot police on the second anniversary of the intervention by a Saudi force that had helped crush a previous uprising. The state news agency reported the clashes as “acts of terrorism committed by saboteurs for the purpose of intimidating and jeopardizing the lives of citizens.”
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The head of public security said Iran’s Revolutionary Guards were responsible for setting up a terrorist cell in Bahrain. The cell allegedly planned to assassinate public figures and attack government buildings, but was broken up and its members arrested on Feb. 17.
Security forces broke up a terrorist cell. Eight nationals with links to Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon were arrested.
Violent protests continued into a second day and killed a policeman. Thousands of protesters blocked off a major road.
Protesters demonstrated on the second anniversary of an uprising that demanded democratic reforms. One teenager was killed and dozens wounded as police fired tear gas and protesters threw firebombs.
After two years of political conflict, the government and the opposition started reconciliation talks. The opposition is demanding a constitutional monarchy with an elected premier.
Opposition groups said they are willing to open dialogue with the government over the country’s long-running political crisis. Bahrain’s Sunni leadership has clashed with Shiite opposition groups since February 2011.