Shows & Panels
- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- Building the Hybrid Cloud
- Connected Government: How to Build and Procure Network Services for the Future
- Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation: Discussion of Progress and Next Steps
- Federal Executive Forum
- Federal Tech Talk
- The Future of Government Data Centers
- The Future of IT: How CIOs Can Enable the Service-Oriented Enterprise
- The Intersection: Where Technology Meets Transformation
- Maximizing ROI Through Data Center Consolidation
- Moving to the Cloud. What's the best approach for me
- Navigating Tough Choices in Government Cloud Computing
- The New Generation of Database
- Satellite Communications: Acquiring SATCOM in Tight Times
- Targeting Advanced Threats: Proven Methods from Detection through Remediation
- Transformative Technology: Desktop Virtualization in Government
- The Truth About IT Opex and Software Defined Networking
- Value of Health IT
- Air Traffic Management Transformation Report
- Cloud First Report
- General Dynamics IT Enterprise Center
- Gov Cloud Minute
- Government in Technology Series
- Homeland Security Cybersecurity Market Report
- National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
- Technology Insights
- The Cyber Security Report
- The Next Generation Cyber Security Experts
Shows & Panels
Protest marches, clashes expand in tense Bahrain
Friday - 2/15/2013, 1:25pm EST
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Thousands of anti-government marchers jammed a major highway Friday as clashes broke out for a second day between security forces and protesters marking the anniversary of their uprising in the strategic Gulf nation.
The spike in violence is likely to put pressure on Shiite opposition groups as they engage in talks to ease the crisis with Bahrain's Sunni-led government, despite objections from hard-line factions who want to topple the Western-backed monarchy.
In another sign of escalating tensions, police said they found a bomb wearing 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) on the causeway connecting Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, which closely backs Bahrain's monarchy. Police said bomb disposal teams defused the device, which officials said contained "highly explosive material."
On Thursday, a 16-year-old male and a policeman were killed on the second anniversary of the Shiite-led uprising that seeks a greater political voice in the affairs of the kingdom, which is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.
Bahrain's Shiites comprise about 70 percent of Bahrain's more than 550,000 native-born population, but claim they face widespread discrimination and are blocked from key political and military roles. Nearly 60 people have died in the unrest. Some activist groups place the toll higher.
The protesters joined a peaceful march along a main highway linking the capital, Manama, with Shiite areas to the west. Breakaway groups, meanwhile, clashed with riot police in nearby neighborhoods and fired tear gas and stun grenades.
Main Shiite political groups opened talks this month with government and Sunni envoys to try to ease the crisis. Washington and other Western allies of Bahrain's rulers have applauded the effort. But some Shiite factions oppose the dialogue, claiming it will not weaken the Sunni dynasty's power.
Officials said policeman Mohammed Asif was fatally wounded from a "projectile" after attacks from demonstrators. An earlier statement blamed Asif's death late Thursday on a "domestic terror act."
Meanwhile, a separate investigation is under way into the death of the teenager. Activists said he was killed on Thursday by police birdshot fire.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.