In a March 2014 article written for Jihadology (see link below), Phillip Symthe reports: "Since 2011, Shia-majority Bahrain, which is led by the Sunni Khalifa royal family, has been gripped by protests calling for (among other demands) the Khalifas to abdicate, democratic reforms, and greater access for Shia to government positions. For the most part, protests have been peaceful and have at times included both Sunni and Shia Muslims. These protesters have been faced with a number of often violent government crackdowns and accusations of the use torture by authorities . . . younger elements of the protest movement were increasingly turning to violence and were making it difficult for local traditional leaders to control their activities. By the end of 2013, new armed organizations calling for the overthrow of the Bahraini government were announced and continue to claim new attacks within Bahrain. In a period stretching from September 2013-January 2014, most of these new…
Brigades of Popular Resistance -- Bahrain
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