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Bahrain aims to end years of instability with a crackdown on Shiite political parties, but it could be a gamble that risks further destabilizing the Western-allied kingdom and the wider Middle East.

Five years after it crushed street protests with Saudi military support, the Sunni Muslim royal family that rules over a population with a Shiite majority appears convinced it will again be able to weather international disapproval of its tough measures.

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