25 thoughts on “British weapons for Bahrain tyranny

  1. Pentagon Installs Comprehensive New Radar System In “Arabian” Gulf


    U.S. Air Force
    March 28, 2012

    New radar helps Airmen defend Arabian Gulf
    By Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Grewe
    727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron

    SOUTHWEST ASIA: Airmen defending the Arabian Gulf have another arrow in their quiver thanks to a new radar system installed at the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing here March 18.

    The TPS-75, or “Tipsy-75″ as the 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron calls it, is a powerful air surveillance radar capable of providing long-range, real-time radar coverage.

    Airmen assigned to the 727th EACS use the TPS-75 to provide 24-hour air defense and surveillance for unknown threats over the entire Arabian Gulf region. The new system gives the radar operators both a bigger and more detailed picture as they monitor all aerial activity in the area.

    “Our job is to constantly watch the skies,” said Lt. Col. Steven A. Breitfelder, the 727th EACS commander. “Our operators defend the Arabian Gulf and its surrounding countries by monitoring the area for enemy aircraft.”

    The 727th EACS set a goal for increased radar coverage to improve their current mission capabilities. Airmen began looking and coordinating with the host nation in January to find a suitable site able to support the TPS-75.


  2. Bahrain says gunfire killed young protester

    The Associated Press

    Posted: 03/31/2012 03:27:24 AM PDT
    Updated: 03/31/2012 03:27:25 AM PDT

    MANAMA, Bahrain—Bahraini officials say a young man was killed by gunfire during the latest anti-government protests in the Gulf kingdom.

    The Interior Ministry says 22-year-old Ahmed Ismail died from a “live bullet” on Saturday and that an investigation is under way.

    Street battles occur nearly every day between security forces and protesters from Bahrain’s Shiite majority, which seeks to break the Sunni monarchy’s hold on power.

    Police often use tear gas and rubber bullets, but reports of regular gunfire are rare.

    The death could boost pressure on Formula One organizers to call off the April 22 Bahrain Grand Prix. The race was canceled last year in a blow to the country’s leadership.

    More than 45 people have died in Bahrain’s unrest since February 2011.


  3. ‘Regime gunmen’ kill Bahrain protester: opposition

    (AFP) – 2 hours ago

    DUBAI — Gunmen killed a 22-year-old protester near the Bahraini capital early on Saturday, said the main Shiite opposition group Al-Wefaq, blaming militants loyal to the regime.

    Ahmad Ismail Hassan was wounded in the stomach when men in civilian clothing fired on protesters calling for “democracy and an end to dictatorship” in Salmabad, on the southern outskirts of Manama, Al-Wefaq said in a statement.

    Doctors were unable to save him, it said, adding that “regime militants” carried out the shooting.

    Al-Wefaq’s accusation came a week after the group said that a man and a woman died of asphyxiation caused by tear gas grenades fired by Bahrain’s security forces to disperse protests in Shiite villages.

    On Thursday, hundreds of protesters staged a sit-in outside the offices of the United Nations in Manama demanding action over the “excessive” use of tear gas against demonstrators.

    Bahraini police regularly clash with demonstrators who take to the streets in Shiite villages despite a brutal crackdown last year on a month-long protest that demanded democratic change in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom.

    According to an independent probe, 35 people were killed in the unrest between mid-February and mid-March 2011.

    Copyright © 2012 AFP. All rights reserved.


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