Bahrain Defence Force: The Monarchy’s Second-to-Last Line of Defense

The Bahrain Defence Force: The Monarchy’s Second-to-Last Line of Defense
by Zoltan Barany

Bahrain is a key ally of the United States that provides key naval and air facilities for U.S. forces, and is the location of the headquarters of the U.S. Fifth Fleet. It is also a troubled country, with deep divisions between its ruling Sunni elite and Shi’ite majority, and one troubled by Iranian interference and ties to some elements in its Shi’ite population.

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