Terrorism
Sunday April 23, 2017

Iran Terror Plot Foiled in Bahrain

Last weekend, authorities in Bahrain arrested several people that are part of a terrorist cell backed by Iran. They were accused of planning to assassinate senior government officials and are suspected of being involved in a bus bombing last month that wounded numerous policeman.

A large quantity of domestically-manufactured explosives were found during the raid on Sunday, as well as numerous weapons and communications equipment.

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Numerous People Arrested by Bahrain for Links to Iran-Backed Terrorist Plots

On Sunday 26th March, members of a terrorist cell sponsored by the Islamic Republic of Iran were arrested by members of the Bahrain security forces. 

The cell is suspected to have been involved in the bus bombing that killed a number of policemen last month. They were also charged with plotting to assassinate senior government officials. 

The news comes from the BNA – Bahrain’s state news agency – and it also reported that the IRGC (Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps) provided military training to six of those who were arrested. Five other suspects are said to have been trained by the Iraqi Hezbollah and three others received training in Bahrain.

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Why the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Should Be Designated as a Terrorist Organisation

Washington has been debating whether the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) should be designated as a foreign terrorist organisation. Congress has taken into account several bills but lobbies of the Iranian regime are claiming that there will be terrible consequences to this. 

The lobbies say that there will be a big backlash from Iran if the designation happens. However experts deny this will happen – they say that it will finally start to put limits to how far the Iranian regime can reach outside its own country. 

To designate the IRGC will happen in one of two ways. Firstly, President Trump could issue an executive order. Alternatively, a bill can be passed by Congress.

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How Can Iranian Regime Be Stopped in Its Tracks?

Relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States continue to deteriorate. Iran refuses to comply with norms accepted by the international community and is boasting that it plans to launch “roaring missiles”. It has already launched several ballistic missiles that were capable of carrying a nuclear payload. 

Iran has also stepped up its support of Houthi rebels in Yemen with the supply of weapons. They are using the weapons to target the missile defence units employed by Saudi-led coalition units as well as to threaten shipping lines in Bab el-Mandeb and Saudi Navy ships.

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Turkish Ambassador Says Iran Should Be Contained

The new Turkish ambassador to Israel, Kemal Okem, said that Turkey and Israel agree that there is need for concern with regards to Iran’s ambitions in the Middle East and its potential to be nuclear armed. However, he said that the two countries have differing views regarding strategy. 

He said to the Jerusalem Post that Turkey, very concerned about Iran’s nuclear ambitions, believes that containment - rather than isolation - is the only way to deal with Iran. He said that the shared border is a factor in this.

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