Asharq al-Aswat is reporting that Iranian sleeper cells are in place in the Gulf Cooperation States.
Al-Qabas reported on Saturday that Bahrain’s intelligence service warned other Gulf states that large numbers of “armed terrorists” were preparing for acts of sabotage if Iran was attacked over its nuclear file. The warning was based on confessions of members of a “terror cell” arrested a few days ago who reportedly claimed membership in the military agency of a neighbouring country, Al-Qabas said citing informed sources. The suspects reportedly said that they had been coordinating with similar cells in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, according to Al-Qabas. The Kuwaiti security source confirmed the Bahraini warning to Al-Qabas on Sunday. Bahrain’s National Security Agency said last week that four men suspected of forming “an organised network aiming to shake the security and stability of the country” had been arrested.
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Analysis. Nothing new here. Shiites make up a large plurality of the populations of all the Gulf Cooperation Council states. One of the fears that must be overcome is the fear of revolts in these states. The will happen and it may not take an attack on Iran to do it. All of the governments are hereditary sunni governments. They do not have a reputation for treating their shiite subjects well.