Bahrain Says it Arrested Alleged Terror Cell Tied to Iran, Lebanon

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Bahrain's interior minister said police have arrested eight members of an alleged terrorist cell linked to Iran and Lebanon following widespread clashes in the Gulf nation during protests marking the second anniversary of an Arab Spring-inspired uprising.

A statement Sunday on the ministry's website said the suspected terror network received training and financial support from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon — references to Iranian-backed Shiite groups such as Hizbullah and others.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah al-Khalifa said the eight "moved between Iran, Iraq and Lebanon and received training in using arms and explosives as well as financial aid."

"Details about the case will be announced as soon as the investigation is completed," he said.

Sheikh Rashid also denounced the "escalation in violence" in the kingdom where a protester and a policeman were killed during Shiite-led protests to mark the second anniversary of the 2011 uprising there on Thursday.

He said "terrorist acts had taken place over the past three days" in which "two people were killed and 75 policemen were wounded," adding that "there has been an escalation... with the use of firearms" and explosives.

Bahrain's Western-backed Sunni monarchy has frequently accused Shiite power Iran and its allies of aiding the uprising by Bahrain's majority Shiites. Iran denies the charges.

Bahrain courts have previously convicted suspects for alleged coup plotting and links to Iran and Hizbullah, but no clear evidence has been made public.

Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

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Thumb mckinl 17 February 2013, 09:38

More BS from the GCC ... The real story is the Fatwah on the Shia ...

"The death toll from a devastating bomb attack on Shiite Muslims in southwest Pakistan rose to 81 Sunday ... "


more below

Thumb mckinl 17 February 2013, 09:38

"Norway’s Austin Radio Unveils Turkish-Saudi-Qatari Plot to Assassinate Iraqi PM"

"The report said that the Western states are pressurizing Qatari, Turkish and Saudi officials not to embark on such an irresponsible and crazy act ..."

" ... several regional states, including Qatar, have paid $100 to each participant in protest rallies in al-Anbar province ..."

The Fatwah on the Shia is being planned and financed by the Saudi-Qatar-GCC and they are active in every country in MENA including Lebanon ... Bombings, false flag operations, assassinations, propaganda, innuendo, half truths and lies ...

Missing greatpierro 17 February 2013, 10:19

That could be right. But it does not mean that HA should embark on a Shiite crusade in the GCC. This could only have negative fall out socially and economically on Lebanon.

Thumb mckinl 17 February 2013, 10:47

@ greatpierro

Did you miss this line?

"Bahrain courts have previously convicted suspects for alleged coup plotting and links to Iran and Hizbullah, but no clear evidence has been made public."

Bahrain is obviously in coverup mode. They have been guilty of brutality and torture and the way the cards are falling they will have to resort to "collective punishment" to contain what is a Shiite majority in the country.

Thumb mckinl 17 February 2013, 11:37

@ andre.jabbour

Your comment is just more proof that you can't be taken seriously ...

Missing un520 17 February 2013, 12:10

Search whereever u like after Norways "Austin Radio" and u will discover how credible that story is. I have liver a fair number of years in Norway and know the media picture there to the smallest detail. Never heard of Radio Austin

Thumb mckinl 17 February 2013, 13:26

@ un520

"Blasts kill senior Iraq intel officer, four others"


Who is funding Al Qaeda in Iraq ???

Thumb liefighter 17 February 2013, 17:15

shia in GCC have more rights than sunni in Iran, some of them are following Iran instructions , but they will regret it.

Thumb geha 17 February 2013, 10:46

to those aboce cruing because of anti shia sentiments all around the sunni world (actually it is now all around the wolrd):
- if iran and hizbushaitan did not engage in terrorist acts like they are doing in several countries, no one would have had such sentiments.
iran and hizbushaitan acts have clearly drawn hatred towards shia and the shia community has not done anything to dissociate themselves from them, instead they are supporting them, thus they are increasing hatred towards the whole community.
so stop blaming others for your deeds.

Thumb geha 17 February 2013, 11:07

you do not seem to have read properly what I said:
it is the doing of those hizbushaitan and iran as well as the support of a majority of shia that is driving hatred towards all shia.
if you fail to see this then you are misleading yourself.
- iran considers the whole gulf area as part of ian to start with.
- they created problems in yemen
- they created problems in Iraq
- they created problems in KSA
- they created problems in Bahrain
- they created problems in Qatar
- they created problems in Egypt
- they created problem in several countries in Europe
- they created problems in several countries in Africa
- they created problems in the US
- ....
and let us not talk about arming and training hizbushaitan in Lebanon.

Thumb geha 17 February 2013, 16:06

the difference is that sunnis condemn extremists among them while shia embrace and support these terrorists.

Thumb jcamerican 17 February 2013, 11:17

The Sunnis bombed the towers geha not shiites. So you whole list is null and void.

Thumb andre.jabbour 17 February 2013, 11:28

It doesn't matter if they were Sunni, Shia, or Christians. They are ARABS. They all fit in the same bag.

Thumb andre.jabbour 17 February 2013, 21:33

Yes saad, thats what I was saying, to the western world, we're all Arabs, they don't care about our sects.

Thumb geha 17 February 2013, 16:08

No JC, it does not void that list. revert to my above comment:
shia support terrorists among them while sunnis condemn them.
and that is a major difference.

Missing peace 17 February 2013, 15:30

funny those defending extremists shia while slamming extremists sunnis...or vice versa...
they are simply not logic with themselves. since both are the same islamic extremism why condemned one and not the other?
why defend one over the other? their killings are more halal? LOL!!!

especially for M8ers who are allied with shia extremism only seeing extremism among the sunnis! salafis or hezbis are the same... LOL!!!!

Thumb geha 17 February 2013, 16:09

you know nothing about democracy! you want the dictatorship of your mullah!

Default-user-icon Truth (Guest) 17 February 2013, 17:59

Hang them immediately, especially if they are Hizbollah members !