Sailors assigned to the harbor patrol unit at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain maneuver harbor patrol craft in formation past the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman April 19, 2016. The harbor patrol unit provides anti-terrorism force protection, ship escort, and harbor patrol as part of maritime security operations. NSA Bahrain enables the forward operations and responsiveness of U.S. and allied forces in support of Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia’s mission to provide services to the Fleet, Fighter, and Family. Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary Granger Jr.

A Bahraini opposition group has denounced the presence of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf kingdom, emphasizing that the massive American naval base there must be disbanded, and the military forces fully withdrawn.

“One of the most important functions and missions of the American military base is to preserve the Al Khalifah dynasty, which serves them in Bahrain. The base has trained Jordanian, Pakistani, Syrian and Yemeni mercenaries on how to suppress Bahrain’s popular uprising that began in mid-February 2011,” the February 14 Revolution Youth Coalition said in a statement.

The opposition group highlighted that Bahrain, following the Manama regime’s normalization of relations with Israel in September 2020, has turned into a den of espionage as well as a leading center for reconnaissance and spying activities against Iran and resistance groups.

The Bahraini movement demanded the dismantling of the U.S. Navy base at Juffair, located eight kilometers (five miles) southeast of Manama, besides expulsion of all U.S. and Israeli officers, security and military advisers.


“The problem today is not with the Iranian nuclear program, but rather with Iran’s geopolitical position and the revolutionary threat it poses to imperialism, Zionism and Arab bigotry, as well as its unwavering support for the Palestinian cause and Palestinian, Lebanese, Iraqi and Yemeni resistance factions,” the statement also read.

The February 14 Revolution Youth Coalition finally called on “all freedom-loving and honorable people across the Muslim world and worldwide to explore all available avenues, offer support and adopt principled positions in order to disband the Bahrain-based U.S. base.”

Bahrain’s most prominent cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim has said that drawing up a new constitution is the only way out of the political crisis in the protest-hit tiny Persian Gulf country, urging the regime in Manama to pursue an agreement with the Bahraini opposition instead of increasingly suppressing dissent.

Demonstrations have been held in Bahrain on a regular basis ever since a popular uprising began in mid-February 2011.

The participants demand that the Al Khalifah regime relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.

Manama, however, has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. (