Bahrain: Foreign Plot Has Failed
Manama, Tehran trade diplomatic expulsions
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 21, 2011 8:25 AM CDT
Residents of the Shiite Muslim village of Malkiya, Bahrain, look over the makeshift barricades they said they replaced yesterday after they were cleared when riot police and tanks moved through town.   (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

(Newser) – Following an aggressive crackdown on protesters last week, Bahrain’s king has announced the “failure” of a foreign plot against his country, and thanked Sunni allies for sending troops into Bahrain. “An external plot has been fomented for 20 to 30 years until the ground was ripe for subversive designs,” King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said. “I here announce the failure of the fomented plot.”

Tensions have climbed between Bahrain and Shiite-led Iran, which has been angered by the clampdown on largely Shiite protesters. Yesterday, Bahrain expelled Iran’s charge d'affaires over alleged links to the opposition; it had already sent Iran’s ambassador home. Tehran responded by expelling a Bahraini diplomat, Reuters reports. Meanwhile, the streets of Bahrain’s capital have quieted as residents head back to work. But about 2,000 today gathered in a Shiite village for the funeral procession of a man likely beaten to death. Some 100 people remain missing, said an opposition leader.

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billcrawford
Mar 21, 2011 1:42 PM CDT
"Following an aggressive crackdown on protesters last week, Bahrain’s king has announced the “failure” of a foreign plot against his country," The only foreign invaders in Bahrain is the army from Saudi Arabia to put down Bahrain's citizens so the King can continue screwing his people for another 30 years. He expects people to believe his outrageous spin, I guess some will as they do not know any better or have their hands in his pocket to deep. Where is Obama on this tyrant, still bowing to him no doubt. Muslim cronies most likely.
proud_prude
Mar 21, 2011 9:38 AM CDT
right ...