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Al-Ashtar Brigades
سرايا الأشتر
Participant in Shia insurgency in Bahrain
Ideology Pro-Shirazi[1]
Area of
  •  Iran (claimed by Bahraini gov.)
  •  Hezbollah (claimed by Bahraini gov.)
Opponents Government of Bahrain

The al-Ashtar Brigades (Saraya al-Ashtar, named after Malik al-Ashtar[2]) is a Shiite militant group in Bahrain designated as a terrorist organization by the governments of Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the United States.[2]

Terrorist designation

Country Date Ref
 United Kingdom 22 December 2014 [3]

In June 2017, the al-Ashtar Brigades were designated as terrorist organizations by Bahrain, Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.[2] The United States Department of State has designated the group as a terrorist organization, as of July 2018.[2][4]


The al-Ashtar Brigades has stated that it is loyal to the government of Iran, and has adopted branding consistent with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.[5]


The group has reportedly claimed responsibility for over 20 attacks in Bahrain, primarily targeting police and security forces.[2]

The group was designated a terrorist organization by Bahrain following a bombing in Al Daih, which killed three policemen.[6]


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