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CHOCO
Dec 5th, 2002, 12:01 AM
Iraq fires at US soldiers aboard Kuwaiti boat

KUWAIT CITY: A US serviceman and two Kuwaiti coastguards were wounded when Kuwaiti vessels on patrol in coastal waters off Iraq collided after an Iraqi ship opened fire at them, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

The Al-Rai Al-Am newspaper gave no explanation for the presence of US military personnel aboard what the Kuwaiti interior ministry described as a routine patrol near the northern island of Warba. The Pentagon late Tuesday denied that Kuwaiti vessels were fired upon by Iraqi vessels in Kuwaiti waters. “There were no Iraqi boats and no gunfire,” it said.

But the Pentagon acknowledged US troops had been aboard.

It said a US soldier was slightly injured when two accidentally collided. A Pentagon source told AFP that three Kuwaiti coast guard boats had been conducting maneuvers in Kuwaiti waters on Tuesday when the incident occurred.

The Kuwaiti interior ministry’s version noted Iraqi fire, constrasting with the Pentagon version. The interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official KUNA news agency: “An Iraqi boat opened fire on two Kuwaiti coastguard boats near Warba,” 70 kilometres (44 miles) north of Kuwait City but just two kilometres (one mile) off the southern coast of Iraq.

The ministry made no mention of US personnel. There was no comment on the incident from Iraq. The White House said earlier that the incident served to underscore US skepticism of Iraq compliance with UN disarmament demands. “We are monitoring the event,” White House spokesman Ari Fleischer told reporters as US President George W. Bush headed to Shreveport Louisiana to campaign for a Republican Senate hopeful.

“The president has been briefed. And this underscores why the president is not encouraged by Iraq’s fundamental approach toward the issues of peace and disarmament,” Fleischer said.

The Kuwaiti coastguard is constantly having run-ins with Iraqi vessels entering Kuwaiti waters. On Saturday, Kuwait said it had intercepted two Iraqi boats in its territorial waters.

Iraq, for its part, has accused Kuwait of commiting acts of “piracy” against Iraqi fishing boats in the Gulf. Kuwait, which was invaded by Iraq in 1990 in an action that triggered the Gulf War, is hosting an estimated 10,000 US troops conducting exercises in preparation for a possible invasion of Iraq if Baghdad fails to comply with UN orders to disarm.

Kuwait is considered to be a vital point of departure for such a military action. —AFP

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Car Key Boi
Dec 5th, 2002, 01:49 AM
Originally posted by joy
Ok- we are going to WAR!!

Ra!

i think war would be good for biz

antonella
Dec 5th, 2002, 02:59 AM
They're obviously looking for a 'Gulf of Tonkin' incident by which to precipitate hostilities.

Don't forget, Kuwait isn't so innocent in all this, they were slant-drilling, ie. stealing Iraqi oil for years and BTW, Kuwait isn't even a country anyway. It was an oil-rich territory of the Ottoman Empire carved out by the Brits as they needed a refueling station for the Royal Navy as oil was gradually replaced coal for their ships. They grabbed the nearest thug Arab on a camel, called him a 'Sheik' and appointed him their puppet ruler and the Americans simply replaced the Brits as the hegemonic power.

ttaM
Dec 5th, 2002, 03:03 AM
Just because there are US Soldiers in the Middle East doesn't mean there is going to be a war. Troops go over there all the time for training exercises.

My brother is in the Marines and he has gone to South Korea for 6 months of training, and the past 2 years they have gone to Okinawa for 6 months to train. Different locations have different types of training. Obviously the Middle East is used for desert training.

CHOCO
Dec 5th, 2002, 03:11 AM
antonella - lol...you're right on it.

There will be some flimsy excuse to start a war with Iraq. Because you know the hawks in the administration Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz are itching for an excuse. Hopefully, people like Secretary of State Colin Powell will prevail.

AleOrtu
Dec 7th, 2002, 06:37 AM
just leave Irak alone

Bush pretends to be the king of the world.

LeonHart
Dec 7th, 2002, 07:26 AM
:fiery: SADDAM IS GOIN DOWN AFTER EVERYTHING HE HAS DONE!! :(