Sheik Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa

(Emir of Bahrain)
Age: 65

leader of Bahrain since 1961 and an important Persian Gulf ally to Western nations. In recent years the emir, a Sunni Muslim, struggled to calm unrest from Bahrain's Shiite majority.

Died: Al-Manámah, Bahrain, March 6, 1999

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