March 21, 2011
Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said a foreign plot against his kingdom had been foiled and thanked troops brought in from neighbouring countries to help end increasing unrest after weeks of protests.
“An external plot has been fomented for 20 to 30 years until the ground was ripe for subversive designs …I here announce the failure of the fomented plot,” the state news agency BNA quoted him overnight as telling troops.
King Hamad told the forces that such if such a plot succeeded in one Gulf Arab country, it could spill into neighbouring states, BNA said.
The ferocity of a crackdown last week by Bahrain forces, aided by the entrance of troops from Sunni-ruled Gulf countries, stunned Bahrain’s majority Shi’ites, the main force of the protests, and angered the region’s non-Arab Shi’ite power Iran.