Bahrain's expulsion of a senior Iranian diplomat on charges he was linked to a spy ring smashed in Kuwait has sharply intensified tensions between the Islamic Republic and its Persian Gulf Arab neighbors in the strategic, oil-rich Persian Gulf.
|U.S. Navy 5th Fleet Battle Group|
Bahrain is a key regional financial center and headquarters of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, a vital component of the
|Invasion route from Iran into Sadi Arabia|
The Saudis had been appalled, and frightened, at the way U.S. President Barack Obama had abandoned longtime