Saudi Arabia invades Bahrain to crush pro-democracy protesters

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About 1,000 Saudi Arabian soldiers have reportedly entered Bahrain at the invitation of the Bahraini royal authorities in order to quell protests that have been raging there for a month.

A Saudi military source has confirmed the development to Reuters. The Saudis are reportedly in Bahrain to protect government facilities.

“About 1,000 Saudi soldiers have entered Bahrain early on Monday morning through the causeway to Bahrain,” the source told Reuters.
“They are part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) force that would guard the government installations”.

The GCC is a six-member regional bloc which includes both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Reportedly, Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, Bahrain’s crown prince, formally requested the Saudi intervention.

Abdulrahman bin Hamad al-Attiya, the secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, said that “safeguarding security and stability in one [GCC] country is a collective responsibility.”

Bahraini officials have also confirmed the story.

“Forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council have arrived in Bahrain to maintain order and security,” Nabeel al-Hamer, a former information minister and adviser to the royal court, said on his Twitter feed late on Sunday, according to Reuters.

“GCC forces will arrive in Bahrain today to take part in maintaining law and order,” wrote the Gulf Daily News, which is linked to Bahrain’s prime minister.

“Their mission will be limited to protecting vital facilities, such as oil, electricity and water installations, and financial and banking facilities.”
Bahrain’s ruling Sunni minority elite has faced relentless calls from the country’s Shiite majority to institute massive political reforms. It would appear that Bahrain’s rulers have had enough of the continuing civil disorders.

On Sunday, dozens of Bahrainis were injured after protesters shoved back police and barricaded roads.

Already, a parliament bloc appealed the king of Bahrain to impose martial law in the tiny kingdom.

The parliament bloc’s statement requested a three-month declaration of martial law and alleged that “extremist movements” were trying to disrupt the country and push it toward civil war.

The appeal also seeks a curfew and the dispatch of military units around the kingdom.

The opposition forces in Bahrain say the presence of foreign troops on its soil is tantamount to an occupation.

The Khalifa dynasty of Bahrain is close allies of the ruling al-Saud family of Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabian troops gesture as they cross the causeway leading to Bahrain March 14, 2011

Reports emerged on March 14 that forces from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will enter Bahrain to help the Bahraini regime quell unrest. The report was published by Bahraini Alyam Newspaper (known for its close links with the ruling al-Khalifa family), and came one day after clashes occurred between Shiite protesters and police in the capital, Manama. Troops from United Arab Emirates are reportedly expected to arrive in Bahrain March 14. Al Arabiya reported that Saudi forces have already entered Bahrain, but these claims have yet to be officially confirmed by the Bahraini regime. The only announcement so far came from Nabil al-Hamar, the former information minister and adviser to the royal family, who has written on Twitter that the Arab forces arrived in Bahrain.

An unnamed Saudi official also said on March 14 that more than 1,000 Saudi troops from the Shield of Island entered Bahrain on late March 13, al-Quds reported, citing AFP. Meanwhile, Bahraini State News Agency reported that The Independent Bloc (a parliamentary bloc of the Bahraini parliament) asked Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa to enforce martial law to contain the unrest.

These reports suggest foreign intervention in Bahrain, or at least the possibility that the Bahraini military is taking over the security reins. Such moves mean the regime is getting increasingly concerned with Shiite unrest, which does not seem to be subsiding despite dialogue calls from Bahraini Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa. The ongoing unrest is exacerbated by the split between Bahrain’s Shiite movement, which became clearer during protests on March 11. The more hardline faction of the Shiite movement, led by the Wafa and al-Haq blocs, has been increasing the tension on the streets in the hopes of stalling the talks between the Shiite al-Wefaq-led coalition’s negotiations with the regime. Military intervention from GCC countries means the situation is increasingly untenable for the regime. The paradox the Bahraini regime faces is that it cannot contain the unrest while trying to kick off talks with al-Wefaq. Al-Wefaq finds itself in a difficult position, since it risks losing ground against hardliners if it appears too close to the regime while Shiite protesters are beaten by the police.

The Bahraini regime has used a military option before. On Feb 17, the military deployed immediately after a police crackdown in Manama’s Pearl Roundabout and was able to calm down the situation for a while by encircling the area with tanks. If Bahrain indeed has called Saudi intervention this time, the implication is that the Bahraini military is not confident in its ability to contain the unrest now. Riyadh’s decision to send forces to Manama could be taken to this end, since wider spread of Shiite unrest from Bahrain to Saudi Arabia would aggravate the already existing protests among Saudi Arabia’s own Shiite population. Saudi military intervention in Bahrain is not unprecedented. Saudi Arabia sent troops to Bahrain in 1994 when Riyadh determined that Shiite unrest threatened the al-Khalifa regime.

Regional implications of the unrest in Bahrain became more obvious when U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited Manama on March 12 and urged the Bahraini regime to implement bold reforms. Gates said Iranian interference would become a greater possibility if Bahrain fails to do so. While Bahrain and Saudi Arabia seem to be coordinating to avoid that possibility, it is not without risks. Leader of hardliner al-Haq movement, Hassan Mushaima, who is believed to be increasing the Shiite unrest in Bahrain by Iranian support, said on Feb. 28 that Saudi intervention in Bahrain would give Iran the same right to intervene as well. A scenario of regional Sunni Arab forces cracking down on Shia would apply pressure on Iran to respond more overtly, but its military ability is limited and it is a very risky option given the U.S. 5th fleet is stationed in Bahrain. As of this writing, there is no sign that Iranian military is taking steps toward that end, however, the situation on the ground could escalate if Shia in Bahrain ramp up demonstrations.

Source: Stratfor, March 14, 2011

Bahrain opposition: Gulf move is war declaration

By REUTERS, Mar 14, 2011

MANAMA: Bahraini opposition groups including the largest Shiite Muslim party Wefaq said on Monday that any intervention by Gulf Arab forces on the Gulf island is a declaration of war and occupation.

The comments came in response to reports that Bahrain had called in forces from Gulf neighbors to put down unrest by the Shiite majority protesting over what they say is discrimination by the royal family.

Source: Arab News

Saudi Troops Enter Bahrain 14 Mar 2011

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  1. Bahrain ‘asks for Gulf help’
    Officials say troops from neighbouring states needed to “maintain order and security” as pro-reform protests continue.
    Last Modified: 14 Mar 2011 06:54 GMT
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    Protesters regained control of Pearl Roundabout after a brief skirmish with riot police on Sunday [EPA]
    Bahrain has asked for help from neighbouring Gulf Arab countries after protesters overwhelmed police and cut off roads, and an adviser to the royal court said the forces were already on the strategic island kingdom.

    “Forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council have arrived in Bahrain to maintain order and security,” Nabeel al-Hamer, a former information minister and adviser to the royal court, said on his Twitter feed late on Sunday, accroding to the Reuters news agency.

    Gulf Daily News, a newspaper close to Bahrain’s powerful prime minister, reported on Monday that forces from the GCC, a six-member regional bloc, would protect strategic facilities.

    “GCC forces will arrive in Bahrain today to take part in maintaining law and order,” the paper wrote. “Their mission will be limited to protecting vital facilities, such as oil, electricity and water installations, and financial and banking facilities.”

    ‘Saudi intervention’

    Many Bahrainis are now nervously looking across to Saudi Arabia and wondering whether the giant neighbouring kingdom will send troops to prop up its close ally, the Khalifa monarchy.

    That question has been a topic of conversation in Manama for weeks. And The Guardian reported on Monday that Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, Bahrain’s crown prince, would formally request a Saudi intervention later in the day.

    Such a move seems unlikely to win much support: Anti-government protesters worry that Saudi troops will be used to clear Pearl Roundabout. And even some government supporters fear the economic impact of what would essentially become a foreign invasion.

    “Who would want to do business here if there are Saudi tanks rolling across the causeway?” asked Abdullah Salaheddin, a Bahraini banker, last week, referring to the 26-kilometre causeway which connects the island kingdom to Saudi Arabia.

    Abdulrahman bin Hamad al-Attiya, the secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the regional bloc that counts both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain among its members, gave a nod to military intervention in a statement on Sunday; he said that “safeguarding security and stability in one [GCC] country is a collective responsibility.”

    Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, said if GCC troops confront protesters, as some fear, the situation will most likely escalate.

    “That would be the unthinkable,” he said.

    Calls for martial law

    Separately, a parliament group asked Bahrain’s king on Monday to impose martial law after a month of unrest that has left the tiny Gulf nation sharply divided between minority Sunni Muslims backing the ruling system and Shia majority demanding sweeping changes.

    The parliament bloc’s statement, carried by the state-run Bahrain News Agency, asked for a three-month declaration of martial law and claimed “extremist movements” were trying to disrupt the country and push it toward sectarian conflict.

    The appeal also seeks a curfew and the dispatch of army units around the country.

    This comes as tense calm is reported in Bahrain as residents wait to see whether more violent clashes will erupt in the capital.

    Witnesses in Manama say the capital of the tiny Gulf state has been unnaturally quiet on Monday morning, with downtown roads largely empty except in the area around Pearl Roundabout, the heart of Bahrain’s month-old protest movement. Demonstrators have set up barricades on some roads to block commuters.

    It was a different scene yesterday, when riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters camped in front of Bahrain Financial Harbour, a waterfront commercial hub. Dozens of protesters sought medical help after the attack.

    There were also clashes between pro- and anti-government groups at the University of Bahrain in the southern city of Sakhir. The school has now suspended all of its classes indefinitely.

    Witnesses say there are now checkpoints – manned by ordinary citizens – in several cities and towns outside Manama.

    The thousands of protesters camped in Pearl Roundabout say they will not leave until the king steps down and the government implements political and economic reforms.

    But there is a growing frustration with the protests, which many Bahrainis complain has brought the country’s economy to its knees. Hotel occupancy is low, the country’s popular Formula One race has been postponed, and many citizens and foreign residents say the protests have prevented them from going to work.

    “The priority today is peace,” one Bahraini man said, asking to remain anonymous. “The only outcome of this situation is a weakened economy and a divided country.”

    US review

    The White House, which considers Bahrain a key ally, condemned Sunday’s violence, urging the government to “pursue a peaceful and meaningful dialogue with the opposition rather than resorting to the use of force.”

    The Wall Street Journal reported that the US state department is “investigating the actions of the Bahraini police and ministry of interior forces” as part of a broader review of US military aid to the region.

    There is a federal law which bars the US government from providing military aid to security forces which commit human rights abuses, though that requirement is often ignored.

    Bahrain received roughly $19 million in military aid from the US in 2010, and expects to receive a similar amount this year.

    But apart from rhetorical condemnation, the US has yet to take any action against Bahrain’s government.

    Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, met with King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa in Manama on Saturday, and while he urged political reforms, he also praised Bahrain’s government for moving ahead with “a process of reform while sustaining stability and continuity.”

    The British foreign office, meanwhile, said on Sunday that its citizens should avoid all travel to the Gulf kingdom.

  2. Two “enlightening” comments from Al Jazeera website:

    Devil May Cry 2 hours ago
    I am really stunned as to Aljazeera’s view towards the protests in Bahrain. How can the channel of a reputation of showing only the truth show such a one sided information. Have you even seen what happens here, all you do is depend on the uploads on the Facebook account by the Shia Bahraini. I don’t really like to use the term Shia Bahraini, i would rather use Persians, Iranians or Iraqis. As there are Bahraini Shias who actually do not support these protests.

    petrit 2 hours ago in reply to Shabir Sheikh
    The idea of the protesters is nothing else but Bahrain ruled by Iran.
    Which is a disgrace for them.

  3. ‘Blatant occupation’

    Opposition groups, including Wefaq, the country’s largest Shia movement, have spoken out against the use of foreign troops.

    “We consider the entry of any soldier or military machinery into the Kingdom of Bahrain’s air, sea or land territories a blatant occupation,” Wefaq said in a statement.

    “This real threat about the entry of Saudi and other Gulf forces into Bahrain to confront the defenceless Bahraini people puts the Bahraini people in real danger and threatens them with an undeclared war by armed troops.”

    Even some government supporters fear the economic impact of a Saudi intervention.

    “Who would want to do business here if there are Saudi tanks rolling across the causeway?” asked Abdullah Salaheddin, a Bahraini banker, last week.

    In a sign that the opposition and Bahrain’s royal family could still find a solution, the opposition groups said they had met Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, Bahrain’s crown prince, to discuss the mechanism for national dialogue.

    The crown prince offered assurances on Sunday that dialogue would address key opposition demands including giving parliament more power and reforming government and electoral districts.

  4. And these our Muslim brothers! Hypocrits themselves, and our leaders are in their pockets, both military and civil. Have we a monopoly on supporting dictatorial regimes? Can we atleast have a semblance of a moral foreign policy?

  5. USA’s consent?

    The Invasion of Bahrain
    by craig on March 14, 2011 2:38 pm in Uncategorized
    A senior diplomat in a western mission to the UN in New York, who I have known over ten years and trust, has told me for sure that Hillary Clinton agreed to the cross-border use of troops to crush democracy in the Gulf, as a quid pro quo for the Arab League calling for Western intervention in Libya.

    The hideous King of Bahrain has called in troops from Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait to attack pro-democracy protestors in Bahrain.

    Can you imagine the outrage if Gadaffi now called in the armies of Chad. Mali and Burkina Faso to attack the rebels in Ben Ghazi?

    But do you think that those in power, who rightly condemn Gadaffi’s apparent use of foreign mercenaries, will condemn this use of foreign military power by oil sheiks to crush majority protestors in Bahrain? Of course they won’t. We just had Sky News rationalising it by telling us that the Gulf Cooperation Council have a military alliance that a state can call in help if attacked. But that does not mean attacked by its own, incidentally unarmed, people. NATO is a military alliance. It does not mean Cameron could call in US troops to gun down tuition fees protestors in Parliament Square.

    This dreadful outrage by the Arab sheikhs will be swallowed silently by the West because they are “our” bastards, they host our troops and they buy our weapons.

    I do hope this latest development will open the eyes of those duped into supporting western intervention in Libya, who believe those who control the western armies are motivated by humanitarian concern. Bahrain already had foreign forces in it – notably the US fifth fleet. Do you think that Clinton and Obama will threaten that they will intervene if foreign armies are let loose on pro-democracy demonstrators? No they won’t.

    Whether this will have any effect on the railroading of public opinion behind military intervention in Libya remains to be seen. I am fascinated to hear, for example, whether Ming Campbell and Phillippe Sands, who wrote of Our Duty To Protect The Libyan People , also believe we have a duty to pro-democracy demonstrators in Bahrain to protect them from attack by foreign forces.

    We know from Iraq and Afghanistan, Serbia, Lebanon and Gaza that the “collateral damage” from the initial bombing of Libyan air defences will kill more people than are dying already in the terrible situation in Libya. While a no-fly zone would help rebel morale, most of the actual damage rebels are sustaining is from heavy artillery; without a no tank, no artillery and no gunboat zone, a no-fly zone will not in itself tip the military balance.

    It appears that getting rid of Gadaffi may be a longer slog than we would like, but an attempt at a quick fix will lead to another Iraq, and give him an undeserved patriotic mantle. It was former UK Ambassador to Libya, Oliver Miles who said western military intervention in Libya should be avoided above all because of the law of unintended consequences. One consequence has happened already, unintended by the liberals who fell in behind the calls for military attacks on Gadaffi. They helped cause the foreign military suppression of democracy in Bahrain. For Clinton and Obama, it is a win-win forwarding US foreign policy on both Libya and the Gulf, where they don’t want democracy.

    People of good heart should weep.

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    Troops from a number of Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, have arrived in Bahrain in response to a request from the small Gulf kingdom, officials say.

    It comes a day after the worst violence since seven anti-government protesters were killed in clashes with security forces last month.

    Dozens of people were injured on Sunday as protesters pushed back police and barricaded roads.

    Bahrain’s opposition said the foreign troops amounted to an occupation.

    A Saudi official said about 1,000 Saudi Arabian troops arrived in Bahrain early on Monday.

    The troops are part of a Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) deployment, a six-nation regional grouping which includes Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

    It is believed they are intended to guard key facilities such as oil and gas installations and financial institutions.

    Bahrain’s Shia majority has long complained of discrimination at the hands of the Sunni ruling elite, but large-scale protests broke out last month after the presidents of Egypt and Tunisia were toppled in uprisings.

    In a statement issued before the arrival of the GCC troops was confirmed, the Shia-led opposition said: “We consider the arrival of any soldier, or military vehicle, into Bahraini territory… an overt occupation of the kingdom of Bahrain and a conspiracy against the unarmed people of Bahrain.”

    King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifah has offered dialogue with the protesters but they have refused, saying they want the government to step down.

  7. This is such a rare and encouraging video to watch. I hope the people of Saudi Arabia will also rise one day.

    This protest happened in Qatif , and there was a Yoom-ul-Ghadhab last Friday. And surely the western media dependent on the oil coming from Saudi was not responsive to things happening in Saudi. But I am sure with the information flow in twenty first century no power can stop them any more. If it were 80’s “Pakistan” armed forces had crushed all these people with brutal force and nobody had ever known.

    Pakistani bloggers neeed to take more interest in what is happening in middle east (Egypt was probably the wrong choice , in fact Behrain and Saudi Arabia were the better choices to discuss).

    I spent few years in Saudi and I know that what it means when even the western media reports “few hundred” people agitated in “Qatif and Hufoof”….

  8. pkpolitics is a blog which is known for its anti-Ahmadi, anti-Shia, anti-PPP, anti-Sindhi, anti-Baloch, anti-ethnic and religious minority rants.

    pkpolitics is known for its links with Sipah-e-Sahaba, establishment and the likes of Ansar Abbasi, Samad Khurram,Ahmad Noorani, Nota etc.

    One of pkpolitics moderators is S.E. Mirza who is a former member of Jamaat Islami and currently a member of Siaph Sahaba.

    Here is an example of how pkpolitics and SE Mriza types are lying on Bahrain through false news, pictures and stories. The following is a copy paste from the following link:

    Discuss » Current Issues
    Bahrain – Brutality by peaceful protestors against Pakistani civilians! (27 posts)

    Following are some photos of victims. All are civilians who earn their wages on daily bases. The so called peaceful protestors entered their homes and brutally beat them up. Two among them are dead.

    POSTED 2 HOURS AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 19:01 #

    iss tarah tou hota hai iss tarah kay kamoo mein.

    itni jaldi darr gaey? inquilaab mein yahee kuch hota hai, balkay iss se kahein badtarr.
    iss hee liyay mein aisay inquilaab kay khilaaf hoon. democratic process hee sahee hai. bohot khoon beh chika, ab mazeed khoon nahi chahiyay.

    POSTED 1 HOUR AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 19:26 #

    But why? Why target Pakistanis? I thought the protest was against the Government and not Pakistanis. I am very puzzled. Can someone please clarify.

    POSTED 1 HOUR AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 19:31 #

    All this happened yesterday.
    Is baat per mujhey aik Punjabi misal yad aagai. Sorry translation won’t do so:

    digga khotey toun tey ghussa kamiyaar tey!

    Anyway. There are no peaceful protestors in Bahrain. It is all hogwash.

    POSTED 1 HOUR AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 19:35 #


    aray bhaii..muslim ummah kaa bhi koi haq hai. abhi aik sahab ne kuch din pehlay new thread start kiaa thaa jiss mein O Pakistanis keh kay kaha giyaa thaa kay kharay hojaoo pakistanioo, ummat-e-muslima ko tumhari zaroorat hai.

    umeed hai pata chal gaya hogaa kitni zaroorat hai.

    Shaid kabul wala emaan afroze experiance bhool gaey jahan moulana sofi mohammad kay mujahid subah soo kay uthay tou dekhaa onn kay musalman taliban mujahideen raat ko patli gali se chupkay se nikal gaey, apnay pakistani musalman bhaiyyoo ko Northern allaiance kay musalmaan bhaiyyoo se milnay kay liyay.

    shaam takk saray pakistani ghairat mandd musalmanoo kee dead bodies Rasheed Dostam kay container trucks se milein jiss mein woh saray damm ghutnay se halak ho chukay thayy. raat ko zameen mein aik bara saa garhaa khood kay onn ko dafnaaya gaya.

    haan moulvi safi mohammad khud chupkay se nikall leay aur saray nojawanoo ko marwanay kay baad malakand mein islam naafiz karnay lagay.

    mulaahiza hoo aik jazbati pakistani musalman kee dardmandaa appeal

    POSTED 1 HOUR AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 19:39 #

    peaceful inquilaab sirf elections se aatay hein. baqi saray islami inquilaabat khoon mangtay hein aur onn kay nateejay mein woh log barsar-e-iqtadaar aatay hein jinn ko hatanay kay liyay aik aur inquilaab laana parta hai.

    POSTED 1 HOUR AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 19:42 #

    بلیک شِیپ

    POSTED 1 HOUR AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 19:46 #

    بلیک شِیپ
    @ Baligh

    شاید اس کی وجہ یہ ہو


    Breaking News: Pakistan army exports new mercenaries to kill Bahraini protesters

    POSTED 1 HOUR AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 19:47 #

    I am really saddened to see the pictures. I would like to know the background behind this incident.

    But calling the whole movement in Bahrain violent on this basis is too much. Those protesters are up against brutal dictatorship, and there are many complexities to the issue. It is the government in that country which turned these protesters violent by using violence against them.

    POSTED 1 HOUR AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 19:58 #

    @ Mirza Sahib, any news link about this brutality?

    POSTED 1 HOUR AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 20:02 #

    Incidents like this are happening since 1979 with ever increasing violence in 1982, 1994 and now. Anti Riot police has never been ordered to fire live ammunition except anti riot gas and rubber bullets. Only this time the first two casualities happened when they attacked the army.

    Uptill now countless expats have been murdered by them, even burned alive. Among the victims most were civilian Pakistanis, Indians and Bangladeshis. Some policemen have be murdered too. Local Shia want all expats to leave for good therefore this brutality to scare them out.

    POSTED 1 HOUR AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 20:08 #

    IR ead in news, Bahraini army is mostly comprised of sunni foreigners because as the report said, sunni king do not trust local shia awam, but I am pretty sure that was a lie.

    Foreigners must be recruited in the army because locals dont want to.

    POSTED 1 HOUR AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 20:15 #

    I am an eyewitness as this event happened right on the road adjacent to my apartment.
    There is a mention of two deaths in a local English language daily; The Gulf Daily News. No mention of this accident in local Arabic Newspapers.

    POSTED 59 MINUTES AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 20:16 #

    Local Shia are not trusted. This is true because many had been caught (with evidence) spying for Iran and Qatar. Qatar had a claim on a Bahraini Island Hawar that was decided in Bahrain’s favour by the International Court some years ago.

    Security arrangements in a Kingdom are different than other form of governments.

    POSTED 56 MINUTES AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 20:19 #

    Well, this sure has to be the most vile thing that they could’ve done. What do these innocent workers have to do with the king and their opression?

    Having lived in ME for a while I have witnessed and experienced racism and outright dircrimination by Arabs against Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis, Srilankans and Filipinos.

    Arabs were mostly scared of Pakistanis the most because we didn’t take their cr@p.

    I guess no more revolution in Bahrain now!!

    These morons dug their own graves.

    POSTED 53 MINUTES AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 20:22 #

    As the ruling Sunni family is in minority they have hired foreign hands notably Pakistanis to fire upon peaceful protesters. As a result there is considerable hate against Pakistanis among average Bahrainis. Fauji Foundation (an arm of Army) is sending more vigilantes to kill innocent protesters on behalf of the tyrant King. Unlikely that it will improve sentiments against Pakistanis among locals.

    Face To Face Shooting in bahrain

    POSTED 50 MINUTES AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 20:25 #

    if this is the case Mirza then the bad news is:

    Zalimo! Iran aa raha hai.

    We are screwed, Irani extermists on one end and dictatorship on the other.

    POSTED 49 MINUTES AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 20:26 #

    Recruitment of Bahrain National Guards in Lahore

    “Arabs were mostly scared of Pakistanis the most because we didn’t take their cr@p.”

    Actually they are sick of your cr@p and want you out.

    POSTED 47 MINUTES AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 20:27 #

    Yep, kinda proxy war as Saudis also have army presence in Bahrain and US does not see this as invasion.

    POSTED 45 MINUTES AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 20:29 #


    POSTED 42 MINUTES AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 20:33 #

    I hate proxy wars.

    I hope the king give rights to his subjects and do political reforms to gradually empower awam. This is the best way.

    POSTED 40 MINUTES AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 20:35 #

    WTF is wrong with Pakistanis in their Military, all Gulf countries have foreigners in their Militiaries. My Uncle was in the UAE’s military, hequit a couple of years ago. He was in it for the money just like all the expats in Gulf countries.

    Actually they are sick of your cr@p and want you out.

    Oh okay, so we made practically build their nations with our sweat and blood and now they want us out???


    POSTED 40 MINUTES AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 20:35 #

    @ Dell: “Oh okay, so we made practically build their nations with our sweat and blood and now they want us out???”

    Yep, remember ex-pats are/were the guest workers, now the job is done and in some GCC countries locals are willing to fit the shoe, it’s time for ex-pats to pack the bags.

    POSTED 29 MINUTES AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 20:46 #

    According to my observation Police are strictly on orders not to shoot, a reason why they sustain injuries and causalities more then what the local Shia have sustained up till now.
    Iran is behind all this with a motive to export its Shia revolution to Bahrain and other Gulf States and they are working this agenda since the times of Khomeini. Training camps have been set up in Lebanon and Syria where Bahraini Shia go disguised as visitors to holy shrines such as Sayeda Zaineb in Syria. Hezbollah trains them and then when they are back to Bahrain they begin brutalizing any foreigner they can lay their hands on.
    They are well armed because large quantities of arms and ammunition have been recovered from their custody that they manage to smuggle from the Saudi side.
    Bahrain has always trusted Pakistan therefore for training purpose some cadets are sent to Pakistan. Instructors from Pakistan are also hired. Bahrainis do not like to work as guards where long hours are a requirement. I have seen they do not like to perform shift duties. One may find Pakistanis performing such jobs and it is not only Pakistanis working for police or army, Indians and Bangladeshis too are present in considerable numbers. Only Pakistanis are preferred more than Indians or Bengalis.
    Now Bahrainis are almost 70 percent serving both in the army and police force.

    POSTED 29 MINUTES AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 20:46 #

    Allow me to clear one thing. There has never been any army belonging to another country present in Bahrain. Today morning the GCC Force as the arabs prefer to call it has entered Bahrain and taken up positions in defense of key points.

    POSTED 25 MINUTES AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 20:49 #

    Anybody who has lived here can see how much King Hamad has done for the citizens of Bahrain. More than any one in the Middle East what he has done for his subjects. Their eighty percent demands had been fulfilled as of day before yesterday. Yesterday another seven demands were accepted by the Crown Prince.

    POSTED 16 MINUTES AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 20:59 #

    Shias need to stop being Irani ghulaam. Even in Pakistan the shia moulvi sahibaan dress like Iranis and talk like Iranis and all these shia terrorist and sectarian organisation hold khomeni and khamanai pictures in their protests and chant farsi slogans. I dont understand what do they get from being ghulams of foriegners.

    Everyone should be loyal to his/her country.

    POSTED 6 MINUTES AGO ON 14 MAR 2011 21:09 #

  9. Why A Saudi Intervention into Bahrain Won’t End the Protests

    Posted by ARYN BAKER
    Monday, March 14, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Saudi troops in Bahrain? A month ago that was the worst case scenario, a threat put out there by the “sky is falling” extremists who were convinced that protesting in Bahrain would not go the way of peaceful demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt. But the momentum of the movements sweeping the Middle East caught the imagination of young Bahrainis who seized the opportunity to push for their own democratic reforms. They scoffed at the idea that Saudi Arabia would send troops. But here they are, coming in 1000 strong, across a causeway better known for ferrying Saudi partygoers to a more liberal state where movies, booze and other carnal delights are freely available.

    In theory the troops are there just to protect major government facilities such as electricity and water supplies. “Phew,” tweeted one observer, “And I thought they were here to shoot people.” But what the troops, sent in as part of the Gulf Cooperation Council Force, are really protecting is the GCC’s way of rule. In other words: autocratic and dictatorial regimes that have survived by grace of liberal cash handouts, not any kind of enlightened leadership (O.K. Qatar, you get a pass on that one – but that’s another blog post). If, god forbid, Bahrain’s protesters get what they want, which is by an large a constitutional monarchy, Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE and Kuwait may soon be forced to follow suit, or face the consequences. Already rulers in Oman and Saudi have been promising cash bonuses and loans as if that could somehow hold back the democratic tide. It won’t work. And for that matter, nor will sending Saudi troops into Bahrain. The protests have already moved beyond the point where fear is a negotiating tool.

    If you have seen men demonstrating with bare torsos, it’s not because it’s hot in Bahrain. It’s a statement: They are baring their chests to meet the soldiers’ bullets. “Let the children die,” Hassan al Salman, a 23-year-old I.T. engineer with a nice car and a good job told me when I was in Bahrain last month. “Let the people die. I want to die, because if I die the people will get even more angry, and there will be bigger protests, and then we will get what we want.” If the protesters were armed, and demanding the implementation of Shariah law, or calling for the expulsion of the U.S.’s Fifth Fleet, which is stationed there, a crackdown may be considered justifiable. But what the protesters—who are, by the way, resolutely unarmed and peaceful— want is the ability to choose their representatives, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and an end to the apartheid-like policies of a ruling Sunni minority over a Shia majority. The Saudi troops may succeed in quashing the demonstrations, but in the end, both the royal family that called them in and the GCC leadership that authorized the deployment will end up on the wrong side of history.

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  10. ProGovBahrain ProGovermentBahrain
    by AbdulNishapuri
    shia’s in #Bahrain are farmers in our gardens i suggest they go back to what there good at
    6 hours ago Favorite Undo Retweet Reply

    khalyd Khalid Ali Haji
    by AbdulNishapuri
    The so called “thugs” of Bahrain.. Here they are; (Syrian, Pakistani and Indian caught until now.)
    11 hours ago Favorite Undo Retweet Reply

    kcisc kc isc
    by AbdulNishapuri
    RT@NickKristof It’s a curse being a Shia from Bahrain or Saudi. Hated by Arabs for being Shia, Iranis for being Arab, and the West for both.
    6 hours ago

    daragall Dara Gallagher
    by AbdulNishapuri
    Good grief – cos ‘West’ can’t decide about #Libya, it’s OK for S.Arabia to invade Bahrain in order to ‘control’ Shia majority #upallnight
    5 hours ago

    nhijazi nhijazi
    by AbdulNishapuri
    Anyone that thinks #bahrain is not real revolution because King is sunni and protestors are shia is no beta than the dictators #jan25 #feb17
    4 hours ago

    nhijazi nhijazi
    by AbdulNishapuri
    I’m getting sick of arab and english media portraying #bahrain as shia issue. Why the fuck can’t Shia have freedom too! #jan25 #feb17
    4 hours ago

    gadeery G
    by AbdulNishapuri
    RT Thugs launch coordinated attacks on villages mostly dominated by Shia, then regime’s propaganda machine #Bahrain TV blames it on #lulu?!
    2 hours ago

    psreevalsan sreevalsan menon
    by AbdulNishapuri
    As Saudi forces enter Bahrain, history repeats itself – Sunni rulers struggle to control and reign Shia dominated populace,nations

    mohdhussian Mohdhussian
    by AbdulNishapuri
    Look at the policeman. Self explainable? #Bahrain #lulu
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    niassuh14 ni
    by AbdulNishapuri
    #Bahrain wants to live in dignity and equality or die fighting for it. Bring all the troops you want
    31 minutes ago

    ArabicDemocrati Arabic Democrati
    by AbdulNishapuri
    Largest opposition group in #Bahrain calls Saudi troops a declaration of war.
    30 minutes ago

    mkdubai M
    by AbdulNishapuri
    Why A #Saudi Intervention into #Bahrain Won’t End the Protests via @TIME blog
    30 minutes ago

    Mhaey Mhaey Padalecki
    by AbdulNishapuri
    The situation here is getting worse. We have to work in the palace & not in our office coz they blocked the roads. Please pray for Bahrain.
    29 minutes ago

    7sain_Almosawi Hussain Al-Mosawi
    by AbdulNishapuri
    @BarackObama Mr.President is that enough or do you want to see more in Bahrain where is the democracy
    28 minutes ago

    alhoori22 Moh’d Khalil Alhoori
    by AbdulNishapuri
    Bahrain People Are Screaming To UN And Other World Countries SOS : SAVE OUR SEOL << We are facing DANGEROUS THREAT / by government Thugs . 27 minutes ago Yaseeny Bahraini mate by AbdulNishapuri@ @NickKristof Wefaq gained 64% of all votes ( Inc. Naturalized) in last parliament elections. Haq Wafa and Amal did not participate. #Bahrain 27 minutes ago ahhhwen Awen Carballo by AbdulNishapuri Expats in #Bahrain told to keep their movements to a minimum. Meaning from bedroom to kitchen to bathroom and living room only. 27 minutes ago PetraHaisam Petra Haisam by AbdulNishapuri PressTV - US turns blind eye to invasion of Bahrain 26 minutes ago stefangelfgren Stefan Gelfgren by AbdulNishapuri RT @tedmitew: The economy of attention: #Saudi army invades #Bahrain, #Gaddafi crushes rebels, but #Japan events fill all channels 26 minutes ago borisbond by AbdulNishapuri State Dept. advises against travel to Bahrain: WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is urging US citizens to a...
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    ArabRevolution تباً لكم ياطواغيت
    by AbdulNishapuri
    Its not a sectarian revolution, its a people’s revolution. Gulf regimes want to convince you its Sunni vs. Shiite. Wake up people. #Bahrain
    14 hours ago

    jcberg John C. Berg
    by AbdulNishapuri
    GCC invasion of #Bahrain like USSR invasion of Afghanistan, invited by gvt, directed against people. #US must condemn it.
    14 hours ago

    BahrainRights Bahrain Human Rights
    by AbdulNishapuri
    “@MazenMahdi: Printing house of independent #bahrain newspaper alwasat attacked over night by pro-gov hooligans”

  11. کیا پاکستان کی مذہبی جماعتیں بحرین میں سعودی فوجوں کی آمد کے خلاف احتجاج کریں گی ؟ کیا وہ سعودی عرب کے خلاف جہاد کا اعلان کرینگی ؟ یہ اسی طرح کی مدد ہے جس طرح سعودی عربیہ نے عراق کے خلاف امریکا سے مدد مانگی تھی ،اگر وہ جائز نہیں تھی تو یہ کیسے جائز ہوگی ،اگر امریکا کے خلاف جہاد ہے تو سعودی عرب کے خلاف جہاد کیوں نہیں ؟

  12. AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Based on geographic, demographic & ideological grounds, #Bahrain as well as Kuwait & Eastern Province of #Saudi Arabia belong to #Iraq
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    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    People in all three countries (Iraq, Yemen and Iran) must force their govts to exert pressure on Saudis
    47 minutes ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    More than #Iran, it is #Iraq’s responsibility to force #Wahhabi rulers of Saudi Arabia to end their invasion of #Bahrain
    51 minutes ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Regional forces: #Iraq from north, #Yemen from south and #Iran from east must exert pressure on #SaudiArabia to end its invasion of #Bahrain
    52 minutes ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    This map shows the crucial role Iraq, Iran & Yemen can play in liberating #Bahrain & Eastern Province of #SaudiArabia
    52 minutes ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    This map shows #Wahhabis R a tiny minority even in #SaudiArabia They must respect all sects & religions

  13. Saudi Shi’ites protest, support Bahrain brethren

    DUBAI | Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:18pm EDT
    (Reuters) – Saudi Shi’ites marched in the kingdom’s oil-producing east Wednesday, demanding the release of prisoners and voicing support for Shi’ites in nearby Bahrain, an activist and witnesses said.

    One Saudi Shi’ite activist said hundreds attended several protests including one in the eastern region’s main Shi’ite center, Qatif, to show their backing for Bahraini Shi’ites who are protesting against the Sunni royal family.

    Bahraini forces used tanks and helicopters to drive protesters from the streets Wednesday, clearing a camp that had become a symbol of the Shi’ite Muslim uprising and drawing rare criticism from their U.S. allies.

    Leading Saudi Shi’ite cleric Sheikh Hassan al-Saffar voiced “dismay over events in Bahrain — bloodshed, violation of sanctities and the intimidation of the people.”

    “I appeal to (Gulf Arab) leaders … to act and call for an end to the bloodshed and violence in Bahrain and to make every effort to address the current crisis toward a dialogue and a political solution,” Saffar said in a statement.

    The activist said there was a large number of anti-riot troops at the protests. “In Qatif, security shot in the air to disperse the protest,” he told Reuters.

    A witness who declined to be identified said the Qatif march ended peacefully. “However there were shots fired in the air to disperse the crowds but the demo continued for about an hour and a half … There were no injuries or detentions as far as I could see,” he said.

    “They were calling for freeing their prisoners and some were calling for civil society and more freedoms … Some were also showing their solidarity for the people in Bahrain.”

    Demonstrators shouted slogans against the sending of joint regional Peninsula Shield forces to Bahrain by Gulf states including Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, and the United Arab Emirates.

    “People were demanding the withdrawal of the Peninsula force and called on Saudi Arabia to withdraw from Bahrain,” another witness said, adding that two police helicopters hovered above the demonstration.

    Saudi Arabia’s minority Shi’ites complain of discrimination, saying they often struggle to get senior government jobs and benefits available to other citizens.

    The government of Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy that usually does not tolerate public dissent, denies the charges.

    Last month, King Abdullah unveiled handouts worth an estimated $37 billion to ease social pressures and the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, said this month that dialogue, rather than protests, should bring about change.

    Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, has escaped protests like those across the Arab world, but some dissent has built up as unrest has spread in neighboring Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan and Oman.

    Web activists had slated March 11 as the first day for mass protests around the country in favor of democratic government and a constitutional rather than absolute monarchy.

    But a religious ruling banning demonstrations and a heavy police crackdown appeared to have intimidated most potential protesters.

  14. March 17, 2011

    Iraqis march against Bahrain crackdown

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Followers of Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr demonstrated in Baghdad and Basra on Wednesday in support of mainly-Shia demonstrators in Bahrain, denouncing intervention by Saudi troops.

    “Moqtada al-Sadr called for demonstrations in Baghdad and Basra to support the Bahraini people and to denounce and condemn the murdering of innocent revolutionaries,” senior Sadr aide Hazem al-Araji told Reuters.

    In Baghdad, several thousand protesters gathered in Sadr’s stronghold of Sadr City, waving Bahraini and Iraqi flags and chanting “Yes, yes to Bahrain!” One banner read: “The rulers of Saudi Arabia are killers!”

    In Basra, the crowd numbered in the hundreds. Sadoun al-Lami, head of Sadr’s office in the city said: “We denounce Saudi military intervention in Bahrain and call on the international community to put an end to the bloodshed.”

    One of four senior Shia clerics in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf, Basheer al-Najafi, also condemned the “irresponsible” crackdown in Bahrain.

    “The government surprised us by the arrival of armed forces from neighboring countries… who assaulted villages and attacked and shed the blood of unarmed citizens who raised slogans of peace…” Najafi said in a statement.

    Iraq, like Bahrain, has a Shia majority that complained for decades of oppression under a ruling class of Sunni Muslims who dominate throughout the Arab world.

    Sadr, who violently opposed the presence of U.S. troops in the country, is now a major figure in the governing coalition of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, while commanding wide support of Shias, especially the poor in Baghdad and the south.

    The crackdown by Bahrain’s Saudi-backed Sunni royal family against protesters from the country’s Shia majority has galvanized Iraq’s own Shia community, exacerbating the sectarian tension that led to years of war in Iraq.

  15. Iran recalls Bahrain ambassador
    Published: 03.16.11, 22:00 / Israel News

    Iran has recalled its ambassador from Bahrain in protest against the killing of Shi’ite Muslim demonstrators in the island state, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Wednesday.

    State TV said the ambassador had been recalled for consultations, in what would appear to be a tit-for-tat move after Bahrain withdrew its ambassador from Tehran for consultations on Tuesday to protest at Tehran’s criticisms. (Reuters),7340,L-4043498,00.html

  16. March 17, 2011

    Iranian FM holds talks with UN chief on Bahrain
    Tehran Times Political Desk

    TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, during a telephone conversation late on Tuesday, held talks with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon about the critical political situation facing Bahrain.

    Iranian foreign minister voiced deep concern over using excessive violence against Bahraini people’s peaceful movement and intervention of the foreign military forces to suppress protesters.

    Salehi called on the UN secretary general to fulfill his obligations in this regard and make every effort to resolve the crisis.

    Ban Ki-moon expressed deep regret about the incidents taking place in Bahrain and said that taking violent actions against protesters will inflict deep wounds which will take a long time to heal.

    He also said he will do everything in his power to alleviate the crisis in Bahrain.

  17. Cameron tells Bahrain king: reform, not repression
    (AFP) – 48 minutes ago
    LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron has urged the king of Bahrain to respond to anti-regime protests with “reform, not repression”, his spokesman said Wednesday.
    Cameron spoke by phone to King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa late Tuesday to express his concern at the escalating stand-off between security forces and opposition supporters.
    The spokesman told reporters: “The prime minister spoke to the King of Bahrain last night and expressed his serious concern at the deteriorating situation on the ground.
    “He called for restraint from all sides and said it was vital that the Bahrain authorities responded through reform, not repression.
    “The prime minister encouraged the king to pursue the political dialogue that the government had proposed and he called on all sides to take part in that dialogue.”
    William Hague, Cameron’s foreign secretary, later spoke to Bahraini Foreign Minister, H.E Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa.
    “He (Hague) expressed serious concern at the situation on the ground and urged restraint on all sides and the need for a return to law and order to enable genuine political reform,” a Foreign Office (FCO) statement said.
    “The UK remains seriously concerned about today’s clashes with protesters and reports of several casualties,” said Hague.
    “I call on all parties to engage in an open and constructive national dialogue, so that it is translated as soon as possible into tangible actions that respond to the legitimate aspirations of the Bahraini people.”
    The FCO Wednesday urged any nationals still in Bahrain to leave the country on commercial flights Thursday, but promised to help anyone who could not get hold of a flight ticket.
    “The UK government is chartering planes to supplement commercially available options,” an FCO travel update said.
    “If you wish to leave and cannot secure tickets for a commercial flight, you can register your interest in using this route.”
    Bahraini police Wednesday crushed the Manama camp of a month-old pro-democracy protest in an operation that left five dead and sparked Shiite outrage across the region.

  18. As Bahrain arrests the opposition leaders, no one is left for dialogue

    The footage that reveals the brutal truth about Bahrain’s crackdown
    Seven protest leaders arrested as video clip highlights regime’s ruthless grip on power

    By Patrick Cockburn

    UN condemns crackdown in Bahrain
    Anne Barker reported this story on Friday, March 18, 2011

    Iraqis protest against crackdown on Shiites in Bahrain
    From Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN
    March 18, 2011

    Iraqi lawmakers support protests in Bahrain 2011-03-18 0

    Bahrain’s king as a royal wedding guest? What an dreadful message
    Being ‘royal’ doesn’t stop you being a violent dictator. Why are such people receiving invitations to Prince William’s wedding?

    Hospitals and medics attacked in Bahrain crackdown
    Hugh Tomlinson From: The Times March 18, 2011

    U.N. rights boss urges Bahrain to rein in forces

    By Stephanie Nebehay
    GENEVA | Thu Mar 17,