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Wednesday, March 9, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Bahrain to recruit 20,000 for security forces
after Shi'ite protests

ABU DHABI — Bahrain, struck by massive unrest, plans to rapidly expand its security forces.


The Interior Ministry has won approval for a plan to increase the security forces by at least 20,000. Officials said the order was issued by King Hamad amid the huge Shi'ite protests that nearly paralyzed the Gulf Cooperation Council state.

"Our main duty is to protect human lives," Interior Minister Rashid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa.

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In a March 5 briefing to Bahraini newspaper editors, Rashid, a former military chief of staff, said the kingdom's security forces must be expanded, Middle East Newsline reported. He said the opposition campaign against the Sunni regime has harmed every facet of society, particularly the business sector.

"The victims of the unfortunate incidents is a big loss to the nation and the events have already taken their toll on citizens, business leaders, merchants and even owners of small shops," Rashid said.

Crown Prince Salman, the son of the king, has sought to launch a dialogue with the Shi'ite opposition. But the opposition, which Manama believes has been influenced by Iran, was demanding immediate democratic reforms, an investigation of the shooting of protesters as well as new elections.

"Those who put forward their demands in a way to cause damage to others will definitely lose sympathizers," Rashid said. "In view of our national responsibility, we are keen to deal with the situation with a plenty of calm to avoid any confrontation, despite provocative practices."

The interior minister said security forces have been on high alert. Rashid said units have been deployed in some communities to prevent clashes.

A survey by Bahrain's Akhbar Al Khaleej daily reported that industrial production has been reduced by up to 90 percent amid the unrest. Sales were said to have dropped by up to 60 percent.

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