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MP: US Military Presence in Bahrain Will Provoke People

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TEHRAN, August 7 (ICANA) – An Iranian parliamentarian says secret renewal of a military pact between Bahrain and the US was part of the latter's long-term strategy in the region.
Sunday, August 07, 2011 11:42:39 PM
MP: US Military Presence in Bahrain Will Provoke People

"Renewal of this agreement will provoke the people of Bahrain against the US and its military base in the country," Mohammad Karami Rad, member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Majlis said Sunday.

Speaking to ICANA, the senior lawmaker said that ever since World War II, the US has tried to maintain military presence in the region and in East Asia.

Referring to the presence of US military bases in Japan and other regional countries, the lawmaker said this presence was part of the White House strategy. "The United States has maintained its 5th fleet in Bahrain for 10 years which indicates Washington's intention to dominate the Persian Gulf region," he said.

He also said the US military presence in the region was aimed at supporting the regional dictators. "The people of Bahrain are indignant at the US military presence which will eventually be to the detriment of Washington." Karami Rad noted.

A new report has revealed that the United States and Bahrain secretly renewed a military pact for five years beyond its original deadline.

Citing a recent report by the Congressional Research Service, the Washington Post said in its report that the administration of former US President George W. Bush and the Bahraini regime extended a deal as early as 2002 when Washington designated the tiny Persian Gulf state as a “major non-NATO ally.”

The two countries first signed the 10-year military pact on October 28, 1991 seven months after the Persian Gulf War.

In 2001, the contract was prolonged until 2011, but was later secretly extended until 2016.

According to the deal, the US can use military bases in Bahrain where the US Navy's 5th Fleet is headquartered.

The military pact also allows the US to train Bahrain's military forces, according to a report released by the US Congressional Research Service.

The development comes as the Al Khalifa regime continues a brutal crackdown on popular anti-government protests in the Middle Eastern country.

In mid-March, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed their military forces in Bahrain to assist the Manama regime in its brutal crackdown on protests in the tiny Persian Gulf sheikdom.

The Al Khalifa regime has also been engaged in arresting rights activists, opposition figures, journalists, former lawmakers, senior clerics, doctors and nurses.

Both the United Nations Human Rights office and Amnesty International have condemned the Bahraini regime's brutal crackdown on and detention of peaceful anti-government protesters.

The United States also has supported the repression of peaceful protests in the tiny Persian Gulf state.

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