Bahrain has been granted authority over a special forces unit in the
NATO deployment in Afghanistan. In late December, Bahraini forces were
given control over the Special Security Forces Company-2, based in Camp
Leatherneck, Middle East Newsline reported.
"I have every faith in the Bahraini SSFC organization and the training
that you have received," U.S. Col. Lori Reynolds, commander of the First
Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, said.
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The company has been providing base security at Camp Leatherneck since
May. Officials said the new Bahraini commander of the company would be
Capt. Khalid Al Dosari, who replaced Capt. Munther Al Sobah, also a Bahraini
"We look forward to forming the same friendship with you as we have with
the men of SSFC-2," Ms. Reynolds said.
Officials said Bahrain has also been training Afghan police. The
Bahraini training program began in January 2010 as part of the Gulf
Cooperation Council state's participation in the NATO mission.
The U.S. Marines trained Bahraini security forces to help in base
security for Camp Leatherneck. Officials said the Americans and Bahrainis
were living in the same quarters.
"We appreciate the hard work of the Marines who have made sure to
increase the training level of the officers and the rangers of Bahrain
Special Security Force," Al Sobah said.