On 21 September 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Manama issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:

“U.S. Embassy Manama reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security.

“The Embassy encourages all U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings, including local events, and maintain a high-level of vigilance.”

Analyst Comment: Organizations with assets and personnel in Bahrain should exercise heightened vigilance. On 20 September security forces in Manama disrupted an Iran-linked terrorist cell that was reportedly planning to conduct attacks on Western diplomatic personnel in the country, including a bomb attack on Badia Street — where several diplomatic residences are located.