Who is Murtada al-Sanadi?

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Getting to know Iran’s proxies in the region: This series looks at radical Iran-linked organizations and militants in order to better understand the threat they pose.

See here for a link to the entire series of Citizens for Bahrain dossiers on Militancy in Bahrain.

Summary: Who is Murtada al-Sanadi?

Murtada al-Sanadi is a Bahraini militant responsible for facilitating terrorist attacks inside Bahrain. Since 2012 Sanadi has been based in the Iranian city of Qom, liaising with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to coordinate terrorist attacks in Bahrain. Sanadi is described as the official spokesman for Bahrain’s Wafa Movement; as well as the Al-Ashtar Brigades, a terrorist entity responsible for dozens of attacks on Bahraini soil. Britain and the US State Department have also designated Sanadi and Al-Ashtar Brigades for their involvement in terrorism.

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Who are Al-Ashtar Brigades?

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Getting to know Iran’s proxies in the region: This series looks at radical Iran-linked organizations and militants in order to better understand the threat they pose.

See here for a link to the entire series of Citizens for Bahrain dossiers on  Militancy in Bahrain. 

Summary: Who are Al-Ashtar Brigades?

Al-Ashtar Brigades are a Bahrain-based terrorist group with known connections to Iran, responsible for numerous terrorist attacks, several of which resulted in the deaths of policemen. They first appeared during 2013, two years after the 2011 unrest, at first claiming responsibility for a number of minor acts of vandalism and terrorism.

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This blog keeps track of significant developments inside Bahrain’s Parliament

 

MPs seek to block petrol price increases – 10 Jan 2018

The 8 January Government decision for a sharp increase in petrol prices with immediate effect triggered an angry response from MPs during their weekly session the following day. Deputies immediately halted the session (cancelling the issues which were timetabled for debate) and huddled together to decide how to respond. Meanwhile, attending ministers and officials were forced to wait.

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The people of Iran have once again risen in the face of their brutal regime. Protests have erupted in around 80 cities across Iran and violence has led to 21 deaths in the past few days. While the world watches in interest and many await an end to the Islamic Republic, Citizens for Bahrain asked Bahrainis for their views on the protests in Iran. 

These developments have been a big issue of discussion, with almost all Bahrainis supporting the right of Iranians to protest against their regime. Many Bahrainis saw that after years of Tehran wasting billions of dollars meddling in Arab states, including Bahrain, it was good to see Iranians taking a stand. Many Bahrainis were simply glad to see this hated regime becoming a victim of popular anger, although several people pointed out the dangerous consequences of protests turning violent:

“This is going to be a rough journey”

 “The people of Iran deserve to be liberated from the Ayatollahs. This regime has given them nothing but increasing poverty, curbs on freedoms and isolation from the world. They should stand strong as this is going to be a rough journey;” said Abdullah, age 28, from Manama.

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