Bahrain Adds Hezbollah to List of Terror Organizations
The Bahraini government has approved a proposal by parliament "to compile a list of terror organizations and to enter Hezbollah onto it." The move came on April 7 and is being called "unprecedented in the Arab world."
There is a history of Hezbollah and Iran allegedly being tied to terrorist attacks in Barhain. For example, in July 2012, "Bahraini authorities accused Hezbollah of orchestrating the escalation of violence in the country and of planting 100-kg bombs that were discovered in Bahrain." In November 2011, a terror cell allegedly tied to the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was discovered.
Now, Bahraini authorities are concerned that Hezbollah could be used by Iran to incite revolution in the country, thus leading to conditions where the Shi'ite population could take over and turn Bahrain into an "Iranian province."
The Shi'ite opposition within Bahrain, "led by the Al-Wefaq movement," has condemned labeling Hezbollah a "terrorist organization" and claims the Bahraini government is the one that uses terror against its own people.