RNA – On the occasion of the National Day of the withdrawal of American troops from Bahrain, Ibrahim al-Aradi, the head of the political bureau of Bahrain’s February 14 Youth Coalition, said, “The presence of American troops in the country is a major obstacle to democracy and is in support of the Al Khalifah regime.”
According to the Manama Post website, he blamed the presence of American forces in Bahrain for covering up crimes and human rights abuses by the Al Khalifah regime.
He added, “The presence of American forces in Bahrain is illegal and the purpose of having a foreign military base in the country is to support a dictatorial regime and the Bahraini people don’t accept any foreign military presence that harms the security, sovereignty and independence of this country.”
The United States Fifth Fleet in Bahrain is on an island near Saudi Arabia and hosts more than 7,000 American troops. The Isa Air Base on the island also hosts American forces and reconnaissance aircraft.
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