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IS calls for attacks on US bases in uneasy island of Bahrain

FILE- In this Jan. 6, 2010 file photo, construction cranes display huge banners with poetry welcoming Bahrain's leaders -- King Hamed bin Isa Al Khalifa, Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamed Al Khalifa, in Muharraq, Bahrain. In a slickly produced Islamic State group propaganda video, that surfaced as a Gulf Cooperation Council conference attended by British Prime Minister Theresa May ended on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, IS called 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. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

FILE- In this Jan. 6, 2010 file photo, construction cranes display huge banners with poetry welcoming Bahrain's leaders -- King Hamed bin Isa Al Khalifa, Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamed Al Khalifa, in Muharraq, Bahrain. In a slickly produced Islamic State group propaganda video, that surfaced as a Gulf Cooperation Council conference attended by British Prime Minister Theresa May ended on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, IS called 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. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Islamic State group is calling for its followers to launch attacks in Bahrain, including those targeting American military personnel stationed on the tiny island.

The call came in a video that also urges militants to attack the Sunni-ruled island's Shiite majority amid a wider government crackdown on dissent there.

Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, as well as an under-construction British naval base. Officials with 5th Fleet and the Bahraini government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The video appeared timed for high-level meetings on the island.

A Gulf Cooperation Council conference attended by British Prime Minister Theresa May ended on Wednesday. This weekend, Bahrain will host the Manama Dialogue, where U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is scheduled to give the opening address.