Then-US Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd L) talks with US Navy sailors aboard a ship during a tour at the Naval Support Activity Bahrain base in the Gulf, in Manama, Bahrain, on April 7, 2016. / AFP / POOL / JONATHAN ERNST
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ISIS is calling on its followers to launch attacks in Bahrain, including those targeting American military personnel stationed on the tiny island ahead of a visit by the U.S. defense secretary.Perhaps more troubling in the video to Bahrainis is the list of 14 purported fighters from the island who the Islamic State group says died as suicide bombers or fighters in Iraq and Syria.Bahrain also prosecuted a group of people last year it accused of forming a local ISIS cell.The video, like others from the extremists, seeks to cleave Sunnis from Shiites – something that's particularly worrying in Bahrain.It's been five years since Bahrain's 2011 Arab Spring protests, which saw Shiites and others demand more political freedoms from the ruling Al Khalifa family.
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