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Daily news – February 8, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Astana Times, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Bruegel, Chatham House, CSIS, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Global Times, Human Rights Watch, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nextgov, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, StartMagazine, The Jamestown Foundation, Vatican  AFGHANISTAN – USA Where are the detailed Pentagon reports like […]

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Bahraini political dissident extradited from Serbia (Al Jazeera)

A Bahraini political dissident has been extradited from Serbia following an Interpol Red Notice issued at Manama’s request, the interior ministry said, despite a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) prohibiting the extradition. According to the London-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), Ahmed Jaffar Mohammed Ali, 48, was extradited on […]

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Bahrain: Repression Marks Uprising Anniversary (Human Rights Watch)

Bahraini activists commemorated the tenth anniversary of the 2011 pro-democracy uprisings amid heavy repression, including the arrest and torture of children, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2022. Independent media and prominent opposition groups remained outlawed. Bahrain: Repression Marks Uprising Anniversary | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Bahrain appoints first ambassador to Syria in over a decade (Al Jazeera)

Bahrain has appointed its first ambassador to Damascus since it downgraded ties early in the conflict in Syria. The appointment of Waheed Mubarak Sayyar, reported on Thursday by Bahrain’s state news agency BNA, is part of a diplomatic shift in the Middle East as a growing number of Arab countries revive ties with President Bashar al-Assad. Bahrain […]

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Bahrain says it foiled planned attack, arrests suspects (Al Jazeera)

Bahrain security forces have arrested a number of suspects, and confiscated weapons and explosives ahead of a planned attack, the interior ministry said. The ministry did not say how many people were arrested or specify their nationalities. Bahrain says it foiled planned attack, arrests suspects | News | Al Jazeera

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Expand Israel-Arab-US military drills to counter Iran and its proxies (Bradley Bowman and Ryan Brobst, Defense News)

Naval forces from Israel, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and the United States are conducting a five-day multilateral maritime security operations exercise in the Red Sea. The exercise marks the first time Manama and Abu Dhabi have participated overtly in a combined military exercise with Israel, and it is the latest indication that the actions of the […]

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US, Israel and Gulf Arab allies launch joint Red Sea drill (Aya Batrawy, The Associated Press, Defense News)

Naval forces from the United States, Israel and two Gulf Arab states are taking part in a joint security drill in the Red Sea, a vital shipping route that feeds into the Suez Canal. The U.S. 5th Fleet said Thursday that the five-day multilateral maritime exercise with Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain began on Wednesday […]

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French MPs condemn ‘human rights violations’ in Bahrain (Al Jazeera)

Several French members of parliament urged France’s foreign minister to speak out over the deteriorating human rights situation in Bahrain, a human rights organisation said. According to a report by Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) on Monday, four legislators raised alleged abuses by Bahraini authorities – including detention of political opponents, […]

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Iran says Israeli foreign minister’s trip to Bahrain ‘stains’ its rulers (Middle East Eye)

A handout picture released by Bahrain’s official news agency (BNA), shows Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (R) welcoming Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in the Bahraini capital Manama, on 30 September 2021 (AFP) Iran on Friday slammed a visit by Israel’s foreign minister to Bahrain, calling it a “stain” on the Gulf Arab […]

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Iran says Israel FM’s visit left ‘stain’ on Bahrain (Al-Monitor)

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al-Zayani (R) and his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid greet each other after signing agreements between their countries in the Bahraini capital Manama Sept. 30, 2021. – MAZEN MAHDI/AFP via Getty Images Iran described Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s recent visit to Bahrain as a “stain” on the Gulf monarchy. “This stain will not […]

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Bahrain authorities jailed hundreds of children: Report (Al Jazeera)

At least 607 children were subjected to various forms of torture by Bahraini authorities while in detention over the past decade, a new Al Jazeera investigation reveals. The findings of the programme were based on leaked judicial reports as well as testimonies from children who described being threatened and, in some cases, physically abused during interrogations. Bahrain […]

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(India/Bahrain) In April, India and Bahrain concluded the third iteration of the India-Bahrain High Joint Commission (HJC) Meeting

ORF writes: In April, India and Bahrain concluded the third iteration of the India-Bahrain High Joint Commission (HJC) Meeting. Chaired by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Bahraini Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, the HJC encompassed discussions on expanding “cooperation in a range of fields including oil and gas, infrastructure, investments, food processing, health, […]