• World Islamic Banking Conference
Al Ashtar, Al Mukhtar brigades added to UK terror list

Al Ashtar, Al Mukhtar brigades added to UK terror list

ManamaBahrain yesterday welcomed a decision by the Parliament of the United Kingdom to designate four groups - two in Bahrain and two in Egypt - as terrorist organisations. 

“Bahrain remains deeply concerned about the consistent threat posed by individuals linked to these groups seeking to undermine the safety and security of the Kingdom,” a statement released by the Bahrain News Agency said. 

Announcing the decision, the UK House, following an amendment to the UK Terrorism Act 2000, said the groups pose a grave threat to the stability and security of the Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. The order proscribes Al-Ashtar Brigades, including its aliases Saraya al-Ashtar, Wa’ad Allah Brigades, Islamic Allah Brigades, Imam al-Mahdi Brigades and al-Haydariyah Brigades; Al-Mukhtar Brigades, including Saraya al-Mukhtar; Hasam, including Harakat Sawa’d Misr and Harakat Hasm; and Liwa al-Thawra. 

The UK House said the action sends a “strong message that terrorist activity is not tolerated wherever it happens”. The effect of proscription is that a listed organisation is outlawed and unable to operate in the United Kingdom.

Commending the move, Bahrain said the “order reflects the UK government’s long-standing commitment to combatting terrorism and extremist ideologies on the global level”.

Bahrain further stressed the importance of continued collaboration between international partners to counter terrorism in all its forms. “Global security can only be upheld through common strategic and operational approaches,” it said. 

In this regard, Bahrain also urged the international community to follow the United Kingdom’s responsible action in the fight against terrorism. 

article-image

‘Strong Message’

Proscription, according to the UK, sends a strong message to deter fundraising and recruitment for proscribed organisations. 

Al-Ashtar Brigades and its aliases, according to the UK Minister of Security, Ben Wallace, lists security forces of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia as well as the ruling family as targets of attacks. 

He told the UK House that the group was responsible for several terror attacks in the Kingdom, including a jailbreak of 10 convicted terrorists that led to the death of a police officer in January 2017. 

Other attacks, the minister said, includes an attack in a bus station in Sitra and an attack on a police vehicle near the village of Al-Qadeem. 

“More generally, the group has incited violent activity against the Bahraini Government, as well as the British, American and Saudi Arabian Governments on social media,” the UK Minister told the House. 

The Minister told the House that al-Mukhtar Brigades has also terrorised the Kingdom through similar acts and continued promotion and glorification of terrorism via social media throughout 2017. 




Pre-event press meet to be held today

Pre-event press meet to be held today

Brave Combat Federation will host the pre-event press conference alongside the open workouts today in the Oasis Mall in Juffair. Fighters who are set to compete in Brave 18 will showcase their skills before the public and media attendi

Tribute to Sir Syed Ahmed Khan

Tribute to Sir Syed Ahmed Khan

Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association Bahrain (AMUAAB) will hold an event at Golden Tulip Hotel on November 16 to honour renowned Indian educationalist, scholar, social reformer and visionary Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan founded Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), one of the top I

Drug addict couple’s jail time suspended on appeal

Drug addict couple’s jail time suspended on appeal

A couple convicted of consuming drugs has had their one year’s imprisonment each upheld, but suspended for three years. Both defendants were earlier held guilty of consuming drugs, although the wife revealed to judges that it was her husband who made her a drug addict. The couple wa

Weather no deterrent to Airshow

Weather no deterrent to Airshow

Weather is not expected to be deterrent to Bahrain International Airshow which opens today, it is learned. The Meteorological Directorate has forecast a pleasant weather for today although ‘partly cloudy at times’. The forecast is similar for the rest of the week. The director

Adnoc to supply first cargo for LNG terminal

Adnoc to supply first cargo for LNG terminal

The country’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal will be supplied with its first cargo from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), the Minister of Oil and Chairman of the board of directors in National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa has said

Isa Town marks golden jubilee

Isa Town marks golden jubilee

Under the patronage of Southern Governor, Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali Al Khalifa, the Southern Governorate yesterday held a celebration marking the golden jubilee of the Isa Town. The event was held at the hall of the Isa Town Sports Club, in the presence of officials and local citizens. In a

Celebrating Bahraini women's forward march

Celebrating Bahraini women's forward march

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, yesterday at the Sakhir Palace, received President of the Supreme Council for Women HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa accompanied by members of the jury panel of HRH the Princess’s Global Award for Women Empowerment on the sidelines of t


Loman, Efrain show mutual respect

Loman, Efrain show mutual respect

MMA is known for intensive rivalries that had often transcended beyond the sport from time to time. Stephen Loman from Philippines will be defending his Bantamweight world championship title at Brave 18 taking place on 16th November in

GFH profit rises 18.6pc

GFH profit rises 18.6pc

GFH Financial Group yesterday reported an 18.6 per cent increase in ninemonth net profit helped by continued growth and stronger contributions from its core investment banking business and other related investment income. Net profit at

APM commences IPO

APM commences IPO

Bahrain’s BD11.880 mn APM Terminals IPO has met with positive investor appetite said SICO in a statement saying, “we look forward to closing with a fully-subscribed offering.” The offer period for the APM Terminals Ba

Ithmaar reports profit

Ithmaar reports profit

I thmaar Holding, a Bahrain-based financial institution, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ithmaar Bank, a Bahrain-based Islamic retail bank, each announced their financial results for the third quarter of 2018 with both reporting profi