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Kuwait Arrests 3 in Alleged Plot Against US Troops - 2003-02-24

Security forces in Kuwait have arrested three men for allegedly plotting attacks against U.S. troops deployed in the Gulf state.

Kuwait's Interior Ministry says that three Kuwaiti citizens were taken into custody Sunday after security forces found them in possession of weapons and ammunition.

The ministry says the men are suspected of planning terrorist attacks against U.S. forces in Kuwait. It gave no further details.

The arrests in Kuwait follow the February 14 arrest of five men in nearby Bahrain. Officials say the five Bahraini nationals had been planning to attack the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet headquarters in the capital, Manama.

Both countries are American allies in the Gulf. In 1991, U.S.-led coalition forces liberated Kuwait from a seven-month Iraqi occupation. The emirate now hosts more than 100,000 U.S. troops for a possible war against Iraq.

In recent weeks, various Islamic militant groups, including al-Qaida, have urged Muslims to wage a holy war against the United States if it takes military action to topple Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.