Bahrain charges 13 with ‘terrorism’

Bahrain’s attorney general said 13 people have been charged with terrorism offenses, over suspected ties to a 2011 protest movement. (Photo / Asharq Al-Awsat)
Updated 30 August 2018
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Bahrain charges 13 with ‘terrorism’

DUBAI: Bahrain’s attorney general on Thursday said 13 people have been charged with terrorism offenses.
“Charges of forming and funding a terrorist cell have been filed against six persons in custody and another seven charged in absentia,” said attorney general Ahmad Al-Hamadi.
Hamadi said the 13 had ties to Bahrain’s so-called “February 14 Coalition” movement that emerged in 2011, which the Kingdom already announced it has ties with Iran.
In January, Bahrain’s Interior Ministry claimed that the group’s Twitter account was an Iranian account and was being managed from Iran, and as a result, a number of individuals were arrested and prosecuted.
The Director-General of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science said in a statement that the Cyber Crime Directorate had found out that “the account of the terrorist group was being operated and managed from Iran.”
The group will also face charges of targeting police in a trial which is due to open on September 19.
Bahrain accuses Iran of supporting the opposition in a bid to overthrow the government, but Tehran denies involvement.
A key ally of Washington, Bahrain is home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.


US approves $3.8 billion F-16 sale to Morocco

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US approves $3.8 billion F-16 sale to Morocco

WASHINGTON: he United States on Monday approved the sale of 25 F-16 fighter aircraft to Morocco for $3.8 billion, the State Department announced.
Besides the new Block 70/72 F-16s, equipped with state of the art electronic systems and weaponry, Washington also approved the modernization of 23 F-16s already in the Moroccan air force fleet, for $983 million.
The State Department said the sale would not affect the balance of forces in the region.
It can still be blocked by the US Congress, which has 30 days to raise any objections.
More than 4,500 of the Lockheed Martin-built F-16s have been delivered since 1978.
It is gradually being replaced by the stealth F-35 fighters but more than 3,000 of F-16s are still in use in 25 countries, thanks to constant upgrades.
The Moroccan military ordered 24 F-16s in 2008. It lost one aircraft in action in 2015 during Saudi-led air operations in Yemen.