Bahrain: A Beachhead for Iran?

(Arab News-Saudi Arabia) The confrontation showcases Bahrain's role as the centerpiece for Gulf concerns about Iran. Bahrain has a sizable Shiite population that is seen as a possible beachhead for Iran on the Arab side of the Gulf. Hard-liners in Iran have often described Bahrain as Iran's "14th Province." Shadi Hamid, a Gulf affairs researcher at the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar, said: "There is more and more concern about Iranian influence even if it can be proven or not."

2010-09-06 07:58:27

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