Two Americans shot in Kuwait

21 January 2003
One American was killed and another injured in a shooting in Kuwait on 21 January. Both were civilian contractors for the US military, and the shooting took place near the Camp Doha military base north of Kuwait City and near the Iraqi border. No one has yet claimed responsibility. It is the third such incident in the past few months: in October, two US marines were shot, one fatally, by two Afghanistan veterans, prompting a government crackdown on suspected Al-Qaeda-linked militants in the country. In November, two American soldiers were injured when shot by a Kuwaiti policeman on a highway south of the capital. US forces have had a presence in Kuwait since the end of the 1990-91 Gulf war, but have more than doubled in strength over the past year in preparation for a possible attack on Iraq.

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.

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