Bahraini Opposition: 3 Decades of Arms Stockpiling Under Suspension

2015-07-08 - 4:30 p

Bahrain Mirror (Exclusive): Ever since the eruption of the Islamic Revolution in Iran since over 30 years ago, the Bahraini government has used new pretenses and charges to face those seeking democracy. After it used to accuse the opposition of working for communists, it found another card to use against them: sectarianism, which it will continue to use.

Since then, the opposition has been accused of pledging allegiance to Iran and being supported by arms, funds and training at the hands of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, let alone the accusation of plotting a coup. Thereafter, in the 1990s, the opposition was also accused of being linked to the Lebanon's Hezbollah and then to Iraq after the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime and rise of Shiite movements that became the main ruling parties.

Bahrain's Ministry of Interior announced that it seized during the past two months weapons warehouses that stockpiled arms and explosives in a number of areas across Bahrain, the last of which was the seizure of 222 Kilos of high-explosive TNT inside a house in Dar Kulaib, south of the Bahraini capital, Manama.

It also said in a statement that the confiscated explosives and bomb-making material were smuggled into the country from Iraq and Iran, adding that it arrested a number of people and claimed that the warehouse "was prepared to store and manufacture large quantities of high-explosive materials."

The ministry also declared a similar incident about a week ago. It arrested 14 citizens accused of forming armed brigades. The 14 suspects were trained "to use Kalashnikov machine guns, PKC [machine gun] and RBG [machine gun]. The training exercises also included using C4 and TNT explosives, abduction, sniper training, shooting, handling guns, and the usage of mortars and detonators," added the ministry.

This is not the first nor the last time the ministry of interior announces seizing large quantities of explosives in the island kingdom protected by the US fifth fleet, as it announced in 2012 the seizure of about 5 tons of explosives.

The public security chief, Tariq Al-Hassan, said that his forces seized materials and devices weighing more than 5 tons used in manufacturing high-explosive detonators and more than 110 liters of raw chemicals that are used in manufacturing these explosive materials in Hamad town and Salmabad.

According to the interior ministry's narrative, this is how the opposition has continued to stockpile weapons since 30 years ago. This is what we hear every time the ministry discovers an arms warehouse claiming it is aimed at targeting vital or public facilities with explosions. However, we have never seen since 30 years an official, civil or even general service facility targeted by bomb blasts at the hands of the terrorist Shiite opposition. Nonetheless, the reality is totally different. Shiite mosques are being sabotaged and demolished at the hands of the authorities and their supporters without any response from the Shiite side.

Thus this subjects the the interior ministry's narratives to sarcasm: Does the opposition only stockpile weapons and nothing else? What is this long-lasting bombing plot that has not led to a single blast since 30 years ago?

Neither Al-Hassan nor his security apparatuses identified the specific site in businesses and economic facilities which the Bahraini opposition intended to target by the weapons and explosive materials recently seized. It seems that the opposition will spend another 30 years only stockpiling weapons under suspension.

Events of confiscated explosives that security forces recently announced:

The Event


Seizing 140 electrical detonators inside luggage of traveler coming from Iraq

March 17, 2015

Seizing high-explosive materials in the homes of suspects in Al-Malikiya

May 10, 2015

Seizing a large quantity of arms used for terrorist acts

May 26, 2015

Discovering arms warehouse in Karana after arresting a suspect wanted by security forces

May 29, 2015

Seizing explosives smuggled from Iran and Iraq

June 18, 2015

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