Bahrain FM: Gulf troops to stay as counter to Iran
+There is no evidence that ties Iran to the uprising going on in Bahrain. The forces are to repress internal movements, not to counter Iran. Hillary Clinton has been alleging that Iran is involved even while saying that the U.S. sees “no evidence yet that Iran instigated such protests but we do see activities by Iran to try to take advantage of these uprisings.” -PR+
AP, April 18, 2011
Bahrain’s foreign minister says Gulf troops will stay in his island nation until its rulers believe that threats from Iran have eased.
Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy is backed by a Saudi-led force of about 1,500 troops, invited to help battle a Shiite uprising that Gulf Arab leaders believe could clear the way for greater influence by Shiite powerhouse Iran.
Bahrain’s foreign minister, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, told reporters on Monday that the Gulf force is needed to counter a “sustained campaign” by Iran in his country. The strategic kingdom hosts the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.
The minister spoke on the sidelines of an anti-piracy conference in Dubai.