29 May '11, 2pm

Anti-uprising force 'trained by UK'

The Saudi Arabian National Guard sent into Bahrain to crush a popular uprising received training from the British military, it has been reported. The training, which included weapons and public order was organised by the British Military Mission to the Saudi Arabian National Guard, according to documents obtained by The Observer under the Freedom of Information Act. The secretive group is said to consist of 11 British army staff under the command of a brigadier. The disclosure, which has provoked criticism from human rights campaigners, comes amid criticism that the Government has not been as tough in tackling the Bahraini and Syrian ruling regimes as it has in taking on Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. Nicholas Gilby of the Campaign Against the Arms Trade said: "Britain's important role in training the Saudi Arabian National Guard in internal security over many years has...

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