U.S. says Saudi forces in Bahrain "not an invasion"

WASHINGTON Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:23pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States does not consider the entry into Bahrain of Saudi Arabian security forces an invasion, the White House said on Monday.

Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia sent about 1,000 troops into Bahrain to protect government facilities after mainly Shi'ite protesters overran police and blocked roads.

"We've seen the reports that you're talking about. This is not an invasion of a country," White House spokesman Jay Carney told a news briefing.

"We urge the government of Bahrain, as we have repeatedly, as well as other GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries, to exercise restraint," Carney added.

The Gulf Cooperation Council comprises Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

(Writing by Caren Bohan; editing by John Whitesides)

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Comments (18)
ramsglen wrote:
What the heck do you call it then.
Freedom is what we are supposed to be for.
When did we start supporting dictator’s in one country and not another?
Oh I forgot the Saudi’s are our airplane flying into towers friends.

Mar 14, 2011 3:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mscarborough wrote:
The United States didn’t seem to feel the same way about Gaddafi’s imported mercenaries. The double standards necessary to maintain the logic of American foreign policy are confounding.

Mar 14, 2011 3:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jcyph3r wrote:
translation: the USG is kinda busy with other matters now, and doesn’t dare play footsie with the most powerful of the OPEC nations in any case.

dictators of the arab world read: go ahead and brutalize your people if you feel the need, suppress all uprisings if you like, the USG won’t do anything to stop you.

Mar 14, 2011 3:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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