The New York Times reports the Obama administration on Monday lifted its ban on security assistance to Bahrain that was imposed after the nation’s crackdown on demonstrators in 2011. The move will allow the United States to provide antitank missiles, Humvees, ammunition and small arms to Bahrain’s military and national guard. The United States is still maintaining its hold on equipment for the Interior Ministry, which is involved in internal security. John Kirby, the State Department spokesman, said that the administration did not believe that the human rights situation in Bahrain was adequate. But American officials asserted that Bahrain had made progress on human rights reforms, including by releasing a prominent opposition leader, Ibrahim Sharif, after four years in custody.