Bahrain Overview Nations // Middle East/North Africa

OVERVIEW The Kingdom of Bahrain, the smallest of the Gulf Cooperation Council states, is an archipelago nation located in the Persian Gulf off the north central coast of Saudi Arabia. The nation consists of one main island and 32 smaller territories, some under dispute with Qatar. The Sunni Al Khalifa dynasty has ruled Bahrain since 1783, while the majority of the population identifies with the Shia branch of Islam. Bahrain's main defense concerns center on the possibility of domestic...


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