National Guard (Bahrain)
National Guard Insignia
|Part of||King of Bahrain|
|Engagements||Bahraini uprising (2011–present)|
|Lieutenant General Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa|
|National Guard flag|
Heavy Armour and Armoured combat vehicle
|Otokar Arma armoured combat vehicle||10+||Turkey||in service 2010/12|
|Otokar Akrep infantry mobility vehicle||30+||Turkey||in service 2005|
|Otokar Cobra infantry mobility vehicle||20+||Turkey||in service 2008|
|Humvee infantry mobility vehicle||50+||United States||Two types: BGM-71 TOW missile & Browning M2HB|
|Toyota Land Cruiser Light Armoured vehicles||200+||Japan||Locally Modified - VDJ78R Troop Carrier|
|FGM-148 Javelin||?||United States||??? missiles|
|M29 mortar||?||United States|
|M2 Browning||?||United States|
|Bofors 40 mm L70 Air and field Gun||12||Sweden|
|M16 rifle assault rifles||?||United States|
|M4 carbine assault rifle||?||United States|
|Barrett M82 anti material rifle||?||United States|
|Heckler & Koch MP5||?||Germany|
|M939 Truck 6x6 trucks||50+||United States|
|MAN Truck & Bus military transport||50+||United States|
|Toyota Coaster Troops transport||50+||Japan|
|Nissan Patrol Light Armoured vehicles and Troops transport||20+||Japan|
|Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Utility helicopter||?||United States|
The National Guard of Bahrain (Arabic: الحرس الوطني) is a separate Royal Bahraini Army in Bahrain that serves both as defence force against external threats and as a security force Ministry of Interior (Bahrain) against internal threats. It was established in 1997, through a royal decree by then Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa.
|Photo showing members of the Bahraini National Guard arrest Wall Street Journal reporter Alex Delmar-Morgan as he walks towards Pearl Square on 16 March 2011 from the Daily Mail, 17 March 2011|
- "Decree No 1 of the Year 1997 on the Establishment and Formation of the National Guard". Official Gazette of the Kingdom of Bahrain. 7 January 1997.[permanent dead link]
- Monroe, William (9 April 2007). "Prominent Shias Paint Gloomy Picture of Shia Outlook in Bahrain". WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks cable: 07MANAMA328. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
- "HM King Hamad Visits the National Guard". Bahrain News Agency. 3 March 2011.
- "Bahrain". The 2011 US Department of State Background Notes. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
Bahrain also has a national guard that consists of about 3,800 personnel.
- "Bahrain Defence Force General Command". Bahrain News Agency. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
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