The local Al-Watan newspaper on 20 January reported that a Kuwaiti soldier arrested on charges of spying for Iraq was suspected of plotting to poison US troops. Mohammed Hamas al-Juwayed was a catering supervisor in the Kuwaiti National Guards, and according to Interior Ministry sources had been requested by Iraq to provide intelligence on the catering companies employed by the US military. In December, hundreds of American military personnel were affected by food poisoning in a Kuwait camp.