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Minister Accuses Iraq of Backing Terror in Kuwait

Kuwait’s interior minister accused Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (news – web sites) Tuesday of backing “terrorist” acts in the Gulf state, which has witnessed a series of attacks on Americans. Asked about Islamic militants in Kuwait, who have been blamed for the violence, Sheikh Mohammad Khaled al-Sabah told a news conference near the Iraqi border: “The issue is not Kuwaitis being terrorists. The issue is the Iraqi regime. He (Saddam) is right now pushing for more terrorism or terrorist actions inside Kuwait.” He give no details of how a link with Iraq had been established. Kuwaiti officials have previously said Muslim militants who killed or wounded Americans were sympathizers with the al Qaeda network of Osama bin Laden. The accusation comes at a sensitive time. Tens of thousands of U.S. troops are training in Kuwait for a possible war on Iraq while security forces are cracking down on Islamic militants violently opposed to the U.S. presence. Kuwait said Monday its security forces had arrested three Kuwaitis for allegedly planning attacks on U.S. troops, the latest sign of rising anti-American sentiment. Full Story

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