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US 'Alarmed' by Bahrain's Revocation of Top Shi'ite Cleric's Citizenship

The U.S. Department of State has expressed "alarm" over Bahrain's decision Monday to strip the citizenship of a leading Shi'ite cleric, a move that sparked new protests and fears of unrest. "We are alarmed by the Government of Bahrain's decision to revoke the citizenship of prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim," said State Department spokesman John Kirby in a statement. He said U.S. concerns were "further magnified" by reports that Qassim was...

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