Bahrain says dismantles Iran-linked militant cell
Jul22

Bahrain says dismantles Iran-linked militant cell

Bahrain said on Thursday (July 21) it had dismantled an Iranian-linked cell plotting attacks on its territory, arresting five suspects after finding bomb-making materials, guns and knives in their houses. The Gulf Arab kingdom has been beset by a growing rift between its Shi’ite Muslim majority and its Sunni rulers. Police said the five men had received military training in Iran and Iraq, according to a statement by...

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Bahrain activist’s trial postponed, rights groups call for his release
Jul12

Bahrain activist’s trial postponed, rights groups call for his release

The trial in Bahrain of prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab was postponed until Aug. 2 on Tuesday (July 12) and a request for his release rejected, his lawyer said, hours after 26 rights groups jointly called for him to be freed. Bahrain has made no public statements on Rajab’s case, but his lawyer has said charges against him relate to anti-government tweets he allegedly published last year, including one accusing the...

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Bahrain summons senior Shi’ite clerics for questioning
Jun23

Bahrain summons senior Shi’ite clerics for questioning

Bahraini authorities on Thursday (June 23) summoned five Shi’ite Muslim scholars for questioning, activists said, in what appeared another step in a crackdown on dissent by the Sunni-ruled kingdom. The clerics were called to a police station west of the capital Manama as an administrative court began hearing a justice ministry petition to dissolve the main opposition Shi’ite Muslim group al-Wefaq following a court order...

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Lebanon’s Hezbollah warns Bahrain of consequences over cleric move
Jun20

Lebanon’s Hezbollah warns Bahrain of consequences over cleric move

Lebanese party Hezbollah on Monday (June 20) called on the people of Bahrain to express anger at the government’s decision to strip a leading Shi’ite cleric of his citizenship and said it would bring severe consequences to the country’s leadership. Hezbollah, said the move against Ayatollah Isa Qassim, “pushes the Bahraini people to difficult choices which will have severe consequences for this corrupt...

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Bahrain revokes citizenship of top Shiite cleric
Jun20

Bahrain revokes citizenship of top Shiite cleric

Bahraini authorities have revoked the citizenship of the most prominent Shiite cleric in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, accusing him of sowing sectarian divisions, the interior ministry said Monday (Jun 20). Sheikh Isa Qassim, considered the spiritual leader of Bahrain’s Shiite majority, was alleged to have used his position to “serve foreign interests and promote… sectarianism and violence,” the ministry said in a...

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