Bahrainis fighting in Iraq
 
, Posted on 13-Feb-2017


Bahrainis fighting in Iraq

ManamaWanted terrorists in Bahrain are fighting in Iraq with government-supported militias, DT News has learnt.

The majority of the 150 foreign fighters in the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) are Bahrainis, recent reports have confirmed.

According to Iraq Network Press Plus (INP) news website, the Bahraini fighters are fugitives and wanted by the Bahraini Government for terrorism related cases.

They reportedly entered Iraq during the past six years as pilgrims and they were granted “religious entry visas” by the Iraqi Government to join the Iran-backed militias.

“Following the 2011 events in Bahrain, these individuals entered Iraq through Kuwait as religious tourists,” INP Plus reported.

The network reported that most of the Bahraini fighters’ entry and military recruitment and training were facilitated by Maytham Al Jamri, who was found guilty in several terrorism related cases in Bahrain. Al Jamri, who’s seeking refuge in Iraq and Iran since 2011, had his citizenship revoked in January 2015 for threatening national security, along with 71 other Bahrainis. INP Plus’s report revealed that Al Jamri established a military training camp near the city of Najaf named Ahrar Al Manama to train non-Iraqi fighters.

“We came here to defend the lands of Imams Ali and Al Hussain,” Al Jamri said this in a video statement, showing him holding a rifle in a military training camp.

The network highlighted that the Bahrainis joined the PMF after obtaining the militias’ head Faleh Fayyadh approval.

Quoting a leader in the Iraqi branch of Hezbollah Hussain Allami, the report mentioned that “the Bahraini fighters are not constantly on the battlefield, as they play strong roles in the media and moral motivation”.

The report claimed that the fighters are financially and morally supported by the Iraqi Government.

“They receive monthly allowances of USD1000 (around BD375). They’re provided with shelter and even wedded in some cases,” the report added.

Muhannad Mansour/DTNN muhannad@dt.bh


Related News

HM King, Saudi Crown Prince exchange Ramadan greetings
May 29

HM King, Saudi Crown Prince exchange Ramadan greetings

Manama : HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Saudi Arabia, exchanged Ramadan greetings over the phone, as well as wishes of advancement and prosperity to their countries and people, and to the Arab and...

Read More
Bahrain Foreign Exchange Rates
May 29

Bahrain Foreign Exchange Rates

Currency Name Code Bank Transfer  UAE Dirham AED 9.69744  Australian Dollars AUD 3.44994  Bangladeshi Taka BDT 211.41649  Canadian Dollars CAD 3.48639  Swiss...

Read More
GCC Gold Rates
May 29

GCC Gold Rates

Country (22kt/gm) (24kt/gm) United Arab Emirates 144.00 AED 153.25 AED Qatar 145.00 QAR 155.00 QAR Bahrain 14.90 BHD 15.80 BHD Kuwait 12.10 KWD 12.60 KWD Oman 15.55 OMR 16.20 OMR Saudi...

Read More
Today's weather in Bahrain
May 29

Today's weather in Bahrain

Manama : The Meteorological Directorate forecasts today a fine weather in general with rising dust in places. Northwesterly wind 15-20 Knots, reaching 27Knots at times.Maximum temperature is 38 Celsius and minimum 29 Celsius.Relative humidity ranges between 25%-65%.Sea waves rise from 1-3 feet inshore, 3-6 feet...

Read More
Ministry confiscates books distorting history
May 29

Ministry confiscates books distorting history

Manama : The Ministry of Information Affairs announced the confiscation of a number of flawed books which contained wrong facts about the genealogy of Arab tribes.The media directorate said that the confiscation reflected the ministry’s keenness on prohibiting any publications which falsify history.

Read More
Batelco Gunners trash Al Ahlam
May 29

Batelco Gunners trash Al Ahlam

Manama : Batelco Gunners United thrashed Al Ahlam 5-0 in the third round of Group Two of the Nasser 10 Football Tournament, held at Khalifa Sports City Football Stadium in Isa Town. Scoring for the winners were Ali Nasser (13th minute), Hassan Redha (18th), Diego (23rd and 43rd) and Omar Al...

Read More
Ramadan Tennis begins tonight
May 29

Ramadan Tennis begins tonight

Manama : The opening round of matches are scheduled tonight from 9.30pm at the Bahrain Tennis Club Ramadan Tournament 2017 for The Late Majid Al Zayani Cup Super Doubles at its premises in Juffair. A total of five doubles pairs have been split into two groups of five playing round-robin until June 8, with the...

Read More
‘Nabil’ new mascot of Futsal league
May 29

‘Nabil’ new mascot of Futsal league

Manama : “Nabil” will be the new mascot of the Fifth Khalid Bin Hamad Futsal League for Youth Centres, People with Disabilities and Girls held from July 24 to August 23, under the slogan #meeting_of_generations. The character painted by Bahraini artist Turki Rashid is based on the best player in the...

Read More
Shaikh Nasser  congratulated  on new BOC term
May 29

Shaikh Nasser congratulated on new BOC term

Manama : Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) board member and chairwoman of the Women’s Sport Committee Shaikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa extended congratulations to His Majesty the King’s Representative for Charity Work and Youth Affairs, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman, Shaikh Nasser...

Read More
Grooming  champions
May 29

Grooming champions

Manama : HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty the King for Charity and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Youth and Sports, President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC), witnessed the launch of the final stage of the Giro D’Italia in its 100th edition, one...

Read More