WASHINGTON – The United States is the designation of a Shiite militant group in Bahrain as a foreign terrorist organization, intensifying the pressure on Iran.
In a statement Tuesday, Nathan, the Sales, the coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department, described the al-Ashtar Brigades as “the umpteenth in a long line of iran-sponsored terrorists who kill in the name of a corrupt regime.”
The militant group has been critical of a violent crackdown by Bahrain’s Sunni-led government on a 2011 Shiite-led uprising. Since then, it has claimed responsibility for a number of bombings and attacks in Bahrain, including two who killed police.
The designation is the latest Asset administration effort to increase pressure on Tehran after the draw of the 2015 nuclear agreement.