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State Dept. hits U.S. ambassador in Bahrain with close ties to Fifth Fleet

Thomas Krajeski

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — In an unusual move, the State Department has criticized the conduct of the U.S. ambassador to Bahrain. The State Department’s inspector-general has concluded that ambassador Thomas Krajeski failed to improve U.S. relations with Bahrain. In a 43-page report, the inspector-general criticized his conduct and leadership of the embassy in Manama. […]

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As Afghanistan pullout looms, U.S. eyes Bahrain for rapid-response force

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has been examining the prospect of establishing a rapid-response force in Bahrain. Military sources said the Joint Chiefs of Staff was drafting recommendations for a combat force that could be rapidly deployed throughout the Middle East and South Asia. The sources said the force would be formed […]

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Thousands of Gulf states joint forces still in Bahrain but ‘are hardly seen actually’

Bahraini Defense Minister Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The Gulf Cooperation Council has maintained thousands of troops in Bahrain to help quell the Iranian-backed Shi’ite revolt. Officials said thousands of troops from GCC states have been operating in Bahrain for nearly three years. They said the troops come from the GCC’s Peninsula Shield Force, most of them […]

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Pakistan emerges as leading supplier and trainer of Gulf state militaries

Bahraini National Guard
commander Gen. Mohammed Bin Issa Al Khalifa meets with
Pakistan Chief of Staff Gen. Rashid Mahmoud on Dec. 10.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Bahrain plans to enhance military cooperation with Pakistan. Officials said the two Asian Muslim states discussed military cooperation during the visit to Islamabad by Bahraini National Guard commander Gen. Mohammed Bin Issa Al Khalifa. The officials said Mohammed, who met Pakistan Chief of Staff Gen. Rashid Mahmoud on Dec. […]

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Bahraini Coast Guard intercepts shipment of Iran weapons for Shi’ite insurgents

Bahrain Coast Guard vessels.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI ― Bahrain has captured a ship full of weapons meant for Shi’ite insurgents in the Gulf Arab kingdom. Officials said the Bahraini Coast Guard intercepted a boat that contained Iranian and Syrian weapons and munitions. They said the the nine-meter boat, sailed by two Bahrainis, was tracked over 118 nautical […]

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GREATEST HITS 2013: Former Joint Chiefs chairman: Obama plotted to destabilize regimes in Bahrain, Egypt

[Ret.] Gen. Hugh Shelton, former chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff.

Special to WorldTribune.com Originally published Oct. 3, 2013 [Editors Note: The following report was based in part on a report by the Gulf Daily News in Bahrain which has been disputed by the government of Bahrain and the U.S embassy there. The Gulf Daily news stands by its report. See: Bahrain, U.S. embassy deny reports […]

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U.S. offers to sell major military platforms to Gulf states as a block

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Manama Dialogue on Dec. 7.  
 /DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com WASHINGTON — The United States has drafted plans to sell weapons to the Gulf Cooperation Council’s regional force. Officials said the Defense Department has offered to fulfill the requirements of the GCC’s Peninsula Shield, meant to protect the six Gulf Arab states from external threats. They said the Pentagon envisioned block […]

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Foreign influx to Gulf states takes on ‘dangerous dimension’ as laborers forge own economies

Bahraini Labor Minister Majid Al Alawi.  /Duraid Al Baik/Gulf News

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The Gulf Cooperation Council has been flooded by foreigners. A senior GCC official said the six Gulf Arab states were threatened by millions of foreigners. The official said the foreigners, most of them laborers, were establishing private economies. “The growth of such an economy is bound to cause huge […]

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Bahrain installing thousands of cameras to track Shi’ite ‘thugs’ in urban areas

Shiite protesters running for cover during clashes with riot police in the village of Daih, west of the capital Manama on November 15, 2013
File picture shows Bahraini Shiite protesters running for cover during clashes with riot police following an anti-regime demo heading to Pearl Square after a religious procession in the village of Daih, west of the capital Manama on November 15.  /Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Bahrain has approved the establishment of a command and control network to battle the Shi’ite revolt. The Cabinet has approved a proposal for a C2 network based on what could comprise thousands of cameras to monitor critical facilities, government buildings, shopping malls and other areas in the Gulf Cooperation […]

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U.S. adding ships to Fifth Fleet in Bahrain

U.S. Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States plans to expand its naval presence in Bahrain. Officials said the U.S. Navy has received approval to increase its fleet in the Gulf. They said the fleet would include the arrival of two coastal patrol boats in the spring of 2014. “Bahrain is going to suddenly emerge,” […]

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