Several Iranians arrested for entering Bahrain with fake passports

Bahrain authorities arrested 14 Iranians who used fake Asian passports to enter the country (File/Shutterstock)
Updated 09 September 2018
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Several Iranians arrested for entering Bahrain with fake passports

  • 14 Iranians who used fake passports to enter Bahrain were arrested
  • From 2008 to 2012, there were 898 cases of people forging documents to enter the country

DUBAI: Bahrain authorities arrested 14 Iranians who used fake passports to enter the country, state-owned Bahrain News Agency reported.

The passports bore fake Asian names, and were said to be bought in coordination with Bahrainis of Iranian origin.

The Director-General of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science in Bahrain confirmed the identities of the Iranians, adding: “We urge all citizens to verify the identities and documents of their employees and, in case of any doubt, to contact the nearest police station or call the police hotline.”

This is not the first time people have attempted to enter the small island nation on forged documents.

From 2008 to 2012, there were 898 cases of people trying to use forged travel documents, according to UAE daily Gulf News.

And in 2010, Bahrain authorities arrested 14 Chinese nationals who were trying to enter the country with fake Japanese passports.


Civilians prompt delay in assault on last Daesh enclave: Kurd-led forces

Updated 16 February 2019
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Civilians prompt delay in assault on last Daesh enclave: Kurd-led forces

  • The last few hundred Daesh militants, many of them foreigners, had surrendered in the past two days to the Syrian Democratic Forces

OMAR OIL FIELD, Syria: “Large numbers” of civilians remain inside the last Daesh group enclave in Syria prompting a fresh delay in a final advance, Kurdish-led forces said on Saturday.

“There are still civilians inside in large numbers,” US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Adnan Afrin said on the day President Donald Trump said he expected to announce the end of the militants’ “caliphate.”

“We weren’t expecting this number, otherwise we wouldn’t have resumed the campaign four days ago. This is why it’s been delayed,” Afrin said.

A second SDF spokesman said that the diehard militants remained in control of the tiny enclave around the village of Baghouz on the north bank of the Euphrates river.

“The pocket inside Baghouz is still controlled by the Daesh group,” spokesman Mustefa Bali said.

“There are still civilians inside Baghouz and we are working on getting them out.”

Neither spokesman would comment on the timeline set by Trump for a US announcement that the “caliphate” had been eradicated.

“We have a lot of great announcements having to do with Syria and our success with the eradication of the caliphate and that will be announced over the next 24 hours,” Trump told reporters at around 1600 GMT on Thursday.