Bahraini Shi'ite youth risk radicalization as political talks stall




 
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Bahraini Shi'ite youth risk radicalization as political talks stall
 
May 4th, 2014  
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Topic: Bahraini Shi'ite youth risk radicalization as political talks stall


Bahraini Shi'ite youth risk radicalization as political talks stall
By Rania El Gamal MANAMA (Reuters) - Dozens of black-clad, masked men parade through Bahrain's Shi'ite Muslim villages, some holding petrol bombs and others denouncing al Khalifa, the Sunni Muslim monarchy that has ruled the Gulf Arab island since the 18th century. Scenes like these, broadcast in online videos in recent months, might once have been dismissed as a cry for attention by groups from Bahrain's big Shi'ite community seeking to shore up a flagging cause for democratic reform. Nor do the bombs disturb everyday life in most of Bahrain, where explosions tend to target security forces in the mainly Shi'ite villages, far away from the capital. But we are fighting back and will kill whoever is killing us." The strategically vital kingdom, which hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, has wrestled with low-level but persistent civil unrest since a Shi'ite-led uprising was put down in 2011, becoming a front line in a region-wide tussle for influence between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran across the Gulf.

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