IdeologySaraya al-Mukhtar (The Mukhtar Brigade or SaM) is a Shia extremist organisation that was established during 2013. The group listed the ruling Khalifa royal family, Bahrain security forces and Saudi Arabia as targets for attacks. SaM refers to these targets as “a mafia/the Khalifa mafia”, “mercenaries/criminals”, and “occupiers”. SaM has claimed numerous attacks on Bahraini security forces by means of crudely produced improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and arson attacks. Though SaM is not specifically mentioned on the Bahrain government’s terror list, the list states that any group affiliated with Saraya al-Ashtar would be considered a terror group. SaM has commended attacks claimed by Saraya al-Ashtar, and by association is viewed as a terrorist organisation. Saraya al-Mukhtar is supported by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.Centre of OperationsSaM is mostly active in Manama and surrounding areas:Image (above) : Saraya…
Saraya al-Mukhtar (SaM)
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