A noted Saudi scholar has claimed that Bahrainâ€™s embattled Al Khalifa royal family is seeking Indonesian mercenaries to help maintain its iron grip over the country…According to the Shiite News monitoring desk,Ali al-Ahmad, head of Washington-based think-tank the Institute for Gulf Affairs, said on Sunday that Bahraini officials had traveled to Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan â€œto seek more mercenaries and more weapons.â€
â€œThe Saudis are doing the same trying to invite Indonesia and Malaysia to send military troops to protect the monarchy; and we see that from Jordan as well.â€
He said the Bahraini monarchy was â€œat the end of its rope.â€
â€œThey do not trust even the loyalists in Bahrain so they need to seek mercenaries from elsewhere â€” and these mercenaries will one day be captured and tried in public.â€
Bahraini authorities in mid-March crushed a month-long protest movement on the streets led by Shiite demonstrators calling for democratic reform in the discriminate-ruled state.