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Bahrain prevents ‘terrorist attack’ backed by Iran: report

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Bahraini officials reportedly said Sunday that the country had foiled an attempted terrorist attack carried out by agents backed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

The Associated Press and Reuters reported that a Bahraini newspaper and Saudi state television, citing Bahrain’s Interior Ministry, indicated that the halted attack was apparently targeting a “foreign delegation.”

A Saudi state TV report indicated that nine suspected militants had been arrested, while nine others believed to be linked to the plot were thought to be in Iran. Authorities discovered the plot after finding an explosive device on a city street, according to the AP.

The State Department did not immediately return a request for comment. The alleged attempted attack in Bahrain would come just days after reports surfaced indicating that Iran was seeking to respond to the killing of Revolutionary Guard commander Qassem Soleimani in January by U.S. forces in Iraq, a move that enraged Iranian officials at the time.

A Politico report last week indicated that U.S. intelligence reports had revealed a possible Iranian assassination plot targeting the U.S. ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks.

President Trump has claimed that a deal with Iran would come within weeks of Election Day in November should he win reelection, while his administration has largely continued a pressure campaign against Iran’s government.

The State Department announced Saturday that it would reimpose United Nations sanctions against Iran despite the vast majority of the U.N. Security Council’s rejection of U.S. authority to do so.

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