Iran Continues Its Interference in Bahrain

A hardline Iranian news site that is controlled by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) continues to seek to incite the Bahraini Shiite population. Quoting a Bahraini activist, the site propagated that the “international posture toward the political situation in Bahrain is merely for show” and aimed to “neutralize the Shiite opposition in the country.”


Since the first days of the political unrest in Bahrain in 2011, the Iranian state has played an active role aimed to incite the Shiite opposition in the country. Not only has Tehran bombarded the Bahraini population with a sectarian message through its media operations which are designed to provoke the Shiite against the Sunni, but Tehran has in some cases provided arms to militarize the conflict as well.

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The Middle East Institute’s IranObserved project provides daily tracking and analysis of Iranian policies and actions at home and abroad. The project aims to help policy makers and practitioners, as well as all organizations and individuals interested in the Middle East, to identify and understand the Islamic Republic’s soft power and hard power strategies, Iran’s regional proxies and support networks, major sociopolitical developments inside Iran, and Iranian political and military leaders that shape and implement Tehran’s domestic and external actions. The reports and analysis are drawn directly from the Farsi-language press and media published inside Iran.