In what could produce a Muslim vs. Muslim military confrontation in the powderkeg that is the Middle East, Shi’a Iran is considering handing Sunni Saudi Arabia an ultimatum over sending its troops to crack down on the Shi’a majority in nearby Bahrain – a development that would be tantamount to armed conflict between the two bastions of Islam, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Iranian officials even have gone so far as to suggest blocking the Straits of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to stop ships carrying military supplies to Bahrain from the Saudi kingdom which, along with the United Arab Emirates, sent troops there at the request of Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.

Al-Khalifa had requested the troops to put down an increase in violence by Shi’a protesters, who make up some 70 percent of the Bahraini population. Both countries sent in some 1,000 troops each along with military equipment provided to them by the United States over time under military assistance programs.

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