Bahrain is an country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf in the Middle East.
Bahrain declared indepence in 1971 after being a protectorate of the United Kingdom. Since early 2011, the country has experienced sustained protests and unrest inspired by the regional "Arab Spring."
At just about every turn the sailors took the wrong course of action, both before and after being captured. Six officers and three sailors are facing disciplinary action, including two officers who have been fired.
Reporters Without Borders is calling on the Bahraini monarchy to release four American journalists without delay. They were arrested Sunday on the fifth anniversary of Bahrain's short-lived pro-democracy uprising.