Kuwaiti authorities say they have foiled a plot by al-Qaida-linked
militants to attack a U.S. military base and other locations in the Gulf state.
A Kuwaiti interior ministry statement issued Tuesday says six Kuwaitis who make
up an al-Qaida-linked terror cell have been arrested and confessed to the plot.
The ministry says they planned to bomb U.S. military camp Arifjan, Kuwait's
state security headquarters and other important buildings and facilities. The
government statement did not provide details about those intended targets.
A Pentagon spokesman (Geoff Morrell) said the U.S. was grateful that
Kuwaiti security forces acted quickly and eliminated the threat posed by the
six individuals. The spokesman did not specify if any intelligence had been
shared between U.S. and Kuwaiti forces before the arrests.
Camp Arifjan is located south of the Kuwaiti capital and serves as a staging
ground for U.S. forces deployed in neighboring Iraq.