Why Iran Is Pushing for a Shiite Victory in Bahrain

(Institute for Contemporary Affairs-Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Michael Segall - Bahrain is the locus of a titanic struggle between regional powers representing polar extremes of Islam (Shiite Iran vs. Sunni Saudi Arabia), and international powers' economic and geo-strategic interests. Bahrain is now truly in the Iranian lion's maw, while it still hosts the main naval base of the American fleet in the Gulf region. Iran has claimed that Bahrain formerly constituted Iran's fourteenth province and is acting vigorously to overthrow the regime through planting clandestine cells and organizing the Shiite population for protests, while being aided by Lebanese Hizbullah.

2011-06-02 00:00:00

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