The sources said
the Shi'ites, supported by Iran, were reorganizing and planning the next
stage of their effort to take over Bahrain.
"The opposition has proven that it can bring 100,000 people and take
over large parts of the country," a Western diplomat said. "They have not
lost that ability."
The sources said some of the Shi'ites have resorted to attacks on Sunni
and regime-aligned facilities and businesses. They said others in the
opposition were targeting the huge expatriate labor community, which
included members of Bahrain's military and security forces. At least 24
people have been reported killed in anti-regime unrest over the last month.
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"The Iranians are moving slowly because something like this is best done
mostly through political pressure rather than through mere violence," the
For its part, Bahrain has accused the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah of
training Shi'ite fighters to attack the Manama regime, Middle East Newsline reported. Officials said Iran
has provided a range of support, including weapons, to Shi'ites.
On March 30, a Shi'ite opposition leader warned Iran not to interfere in
Bahrain's affairs. Sheik Ali Salman, head of Al Wefaq, also demanded the
withdrawal of Gulf
Cooperation Council forces from Bahrain.
"We urge Iran not to meddle in Bahraini internal affairs," Salman told a
news conference. "We demand Saudi Arabia withdraw the Peninsula Shield [GCC]
forces. We do not want Bahrain to turn into a battlefield for Saudi Arabia
USA is not responsible, one man is making the decisions without the approval of the citizens. We wish everyone could get along and live a peaceful and happy life but it can't be forced. We miss our families. We are tired of all the fighting to try to "fix" things. Blessings to the Behrainian people. God help and bless us all.