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Stuck in the middle

Bahrain tips West Asia's delicate balance

Andy Critchlow 

Andy Critchlow Bahrain is caught in the middle of a high-stakes game between its larger neighbours, Saudi Arabia and Iran. What's at stake is economic and political dominance of the West Asia. The tiny kingdom's Sunni monarchy depends on the support it receives from Riyadh and other oil-rich sheikhdoms in the Gulf for its survival but in return has become a proxy for their pan-regional feud with Iran. Bahrain stripped citizenship from the spiritual leader of its majority Shi'ite Muslim population. That is a risky strategy. The public defenestration of Ayatollah Isa Qassim may have turned a ...

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First Published: Tue, June 21 2016. 21:31 IST