Bahrain strife adds to US worries in Mideast (AP) – 373th Edition

16 03 2011

An anti-government protester carries a sign in Arabic and English during a march of thousands Tuesday, March 15, 2011, to the Saudi embassay in Manama, Bahrain. Frenzied clashes swept Bahrain Tuesday, a day after a Saudi-led military force entered the country to defend its Sunni monarchy from a Shiite-led protest movement. Hundreds of demonstrators were injured by shotgun blasts and clubs, a doctor said. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)AP – Alarmed by the threat of Sunni-Shiite sectarian strife as unrest spreads in the Mideast, the Obama administration on Tuesday urged Saudi Arabia not to hold back political reform in neighboring Bahrain, a longtime U.S. friend that is also caught between old loyalties to both majority-Sunni Saudi Arabia and majority-Shiite Iran.

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