Bahraininfo-icon has ordered Qatari troops serving with a coalition fighting the militant Islamic Stateinfo-icon (IS) group to leave its territory, a source with knowledge of the situation said on Sunday.

The soldiers, part of the USinfo-icon Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) which is headquartered in Bahrain, had been asked to leave the coalition and could depart within the next 48 hours, the source said.

"The Bahrainis told the US general in command of the base that Qatari soldiers must leave," the source said on condition of anonymity. "They are still in the base but likely to leave within the next two days."

The news comes as the Gulf faces the biggest diplomatic crisis in recent years, with regional powerhouse Saudi Arabiainfo-icon and some of its allies suspending ties with gas-rich Qatarinfo-icon over accusations the emirate bankrolled Islamist extremists and had ties to rival Iraninfo-icon.

Qatar denies the charges.

Direct tensions between Manama and Dohainfo-icon have been further exacerbated after Bahrain accused Qatar of directly interfering in its internal affairs. Qatar has also denied those charges.

The source did not detail the number of Qatari troops based in Bahrain. One analyst estimated it was no more than a "handful of officers".

Qatar has deployed troops with NAVCENT since 2014, according to one official.

NAVCENT is part of the US Central Command whose area of operation includes the Middle Eastinfo-icon and Asiainfo-icon.

As part of their operations, numerous air strikes against IS targets in Iraqinfo-icon, Syriainfo-icon and Afghanistaninfo-icon have been conducted from Qatar's Al-Udeid, the largest US base in the region.

Washington is involved in diplomatic efforts to resolve the impasse in the region but US policy has proved unpredictable.

President Donald Trumpinfo-icon has sided with Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Bahrain, the UAEinfo-icon and Egyptinfo-icon, claiming Doha had "historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level".

However, Pentagon and State Department officials have scrambled to reassure the emirate.

The United Statesinfo-icon last week agreed to a $12 billion sale of F-15 fighters to Qatar.