Saturday, February 19, 2011

WikiLeaks: Bahrain opposition \'received training from Hizbollah\'

King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa made the claims in a meeting with General David Petraeus in 2008 Photo: AFP/GETTY By Christopher Hope, Whitehall Editor 9:30PM GMT 18 Feb 2011

King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa warned senior US military figures that opposition groups in Bahrain were receiving training from Hizbollah in Lebanon.

He also told senior American military figures that Syria was \"complicit\" in the training by providing the Bahrainis with false passports.

The claims were reported in a leaked embassy cable sent by US diplomats in Bahrain to Washington.

The communiqué was leaked to the WikiLeaks website and handed to The Daily Telegraph.

King Hamad made the claim in a 90 minute meeting on 30 July 2008 with General David Petraeus who at the time was commander of the allied forces in Iraq

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