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      Why is a big jet from Bahrain at the Syracuse airport?

      Officials at Syracuse Hancock Airport won't say much about the giant white plane from Bahrain parked on the tarmac. All questions about why it is there have been referred to the Bahrain Embassy or Consulate.

      However, several sources confirm the plane carried a prince from Bahrain to Syracuse because he is taking part in the Ironman Triathalon this weekend.

      Bahrain is a small island country near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. The United States established diplomatic relations with Bahrain in 1971 following its independence from the United Kingdom.

      In 2013, two Bahraini princes made news after their arrival in Florida to train for an Ironman there. Bahraini human rights organizations have accused both men of serious human rights offenses.