UK trains Bahraini troops as May puts trade before human rights

Middle East Eye

British commandos trained Bahrain’s security forces in small arms and sniping tactics just two days after Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain would not “snipe” from the sidelines over human rights concerns in the county, Middle East Eye can reveal.

An investigation by MEE has revealed that the controversial training for Bahraini forces – which violently put down pro-democracy protests during the Arab Spring in 2011 – took place during Pearl Dagger 2016, an infantry exercise held in the country in December.

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