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accused the Iran-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah of trying to
topple the Gulf country's ruling Sunni family, the Wall Street Journal
In a confidential report sent to UN Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon, Bahrain also said that Hezbollah's leadership, including
Hassan Nasrallah, worked directly with Bahrain's majority Shi'ite
opposition on tactics to challenge the regime. Both Hezbollah and the Bahraini opposition have denied cooperation
in efforts to overthrow the ruling Khalifa family.
Hezbollah denies training Bahraini protesters
Bahrain complains over Hezbollah comments on protests
According to the Wall Street Journal,
US intelligence officials claimed to have tracked communications
between Hezbollah, Iran, and the Bahraini opposition groups since
protests erupted in February. The issue highlights growing tensions
between the Sunni-Arab Gulf countries and the non-Arab Shi'ite Iran who
see the Iranian influence in Lebanon, Gaza, Syria, and increasingly in
Egypt as a threat.
In March Bahrain had lodged a formal complaint to the Lebanese government over a
Hezbollah offer of support to the protesters.
denied it had any cadres or Lebanese individuals operating in the gulf
country, and Hezbollah does not have any cells in Bahrain, either
composed of Bahrainis or any other nationalities".
Nasrallah admitted to giving political and moral support to protesters, but said "that
our Bahraini brothers did not ask us for any military or security
training on any day and we have not given any training of that kind."
Protests in Bahrain were quelled when Saudi Arabia along with other Gulf states sent troops to the island country in order to support the ruling regime.