Bahrain arrests 14 Iranians for entering the country on fake passports

Legal action will be taken against the violators and their cases will be referred to public prosecution. (File photo: Reuters)
Updated 09 September 2018
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Bahrain arrests 14 Iranians for entering the country on fake passports

  • Bahrain’s Interior Ministry said on Saturday night that the Iranians had used fake Asian passports
  • Legal action will be taken against the violators and their cases will be referred to public prosecution

JEDDAH: Bahraini authorities said they have arrested 14 Iranians who entered the country on “forged passports” under fake names.
Bahrain’s Interior Ministry said on Saturday night that the Iranians had used fake Asian passports.
The ministry said they “bought passports to enter Bahrain in coordination with Bahrainis of Iranian origin.” It said their employers have been summoned.
Legal action will be taken against the violators and their cases will be referred to public prosecution, the statement added.
It also urged citizens to verify the identities of their employees and their documents.


US terror survey blames Iran for 'fomenting violence' in Middle East

Updated 19 September 2018
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US terror survey blames Iran for 'fomenting violence' in Middle East

  • The US has once again named Iran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism
  • The report said Iranian fighters and Iran-backed militias, like Lebanon's Hezbollah, had emerged emboldened

WASHINGTON: The US has once again named Iran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, accusing it of intensifying numerous conflicts and trying to undermine governments throughout the Middle East.
The State Department's annual survey of global terrorism released on Wednesday said Iran and its proxies are responsible for fomenting violence in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen. The report said Iranian fighters and Iran-backed militias, like Lebanon's Hezbollah, had emerged emboldened from the war in Syria and with valuable battlefield experience they seek to leverage elsewhere.

"Iran remains the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining US interests in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Bahrain, Afghanistan, and Lebanon," he said.
All three -- Daesh, Al-Qaeda and Iran -- "have both the capability and intent to strike the United States and our allies," State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan Sales said.
The report indicated a general increase in global cooperation to fight terrorism, including tracking and blocking financial flows to the groups.
But this remains a challenge, Sales noted.
"You have got to stop the flow of money to these organizations."
"You have got to stop terrorist travel" as well, he added, pointing to the spread of airport detection systems like biometric face identification as a potent tool.
In addition, the survey reported a 24 percent decrease in attacks around the world between 2016 and 2017. That was due mainly to a sharp decline in the number of attacks in Iraq, where the Daesh group has been largely displaced.