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Ambush in Kuwait; American shot dead
Associated Press ^ | January 21, 2003 | Associated Press Staff

Posted on 01/21/2003 4:52:35 AM PST by MeekOneGOP

Ambush in Kuwait; American shot dead


Associated Press

KUWAIT CITY - At least one gunman opened fire Tuesday on a vehicle carrying two American civilians near a U.S. military base in Kuwait, killing one and critically wounding the other in what the U.S. Embassy called a terrorist attack.

Both victims were contractors working for the U.S. military in Kuwait. Their four-wheel drive Toyota was ambushed and riddled with bullets at a stoplight on Highway 85 near Camp Doha, a military installation serving as a base for 17,000 troops in the oil-rich Gulf nation.

CNN via AP
Kuwait police and U.S. military officials inspect the vehicle in which two Americans were shot Tuesday.

"We condemn this terrorist incident, which has tragically cost the life of an innocent American citizen," U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait Richard Jones said in a statement.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The assailant or assailants, who fired from behind roadside bushes, were not identified.

The embassy statement said both men suffered multiple gunshot wounds. They were not immediately identified, though Interior Ministry official Brig. Mahmoud al-Dossari said the man who died was 51 and the wounded man is 47.

Al-Dossari also confirmed that the weapon used was a Kalashnikov.

Another Kuwaiti security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, agreed with the American assessment of the shooting as a terrorist act.

The attack took place Tuesday morning at a stoplight at the intersection of Highway 85 and Abu Dhabi Road north of Kuwait City, along the edge of a built-up neighborhood with a McDonald's and other businesses. The road leads to Camp Doha, about three miles away, and is lined with trees and bushes with open desert behind.

A Kuwaiti investigator said on condition of anonymity that an attacker fired a Kalashnikov assault rifle from behind the bushes. The gunman or gunmen fled.

The area was cordoned off with yellow crime tape. The bullet-riddled four-wheel-drive Toyota was loaded on to a flat bed truck and taken away.

Kuwaiti police and U.S. military police as well as black-clad Interior Ministry investigators wearing rubber gloves were all at the scene. The pavement was littered with broken glass.

"We have full confidence that the Kuwaiti authorities will pursue the investigation of this incident vigorously and professionally," U.S. Embassy spokesman John Moran said.

Kuwait is critical to any U.S. invasion of Iraq because of its location at Iraq's southern border. Many Kuwaitis are grateful for the U.S.-led coalition that drove Iraqi invaders out of their country in the 1991 Gulf War. The pro-American feeling of most Kuwaitis makes them something of an anomaly in the Muslim world, where anti-U.S. sentiment and opposition to war in Iraq are running high.

Still, the support isn't universal and Americans have come under attack in Kuwait in recent months.

A U.S. Marine was killed and a second was wounded Oct. 8 when two Kuwaiti Muslim extremists opened fire on a group of Marines taking a break from training. The attackers were killed by other Marines. On Nov. 21, a Kuwaiti policeman shot and seriously injured two U.S. soldiers after stopping their car on a highway.

Kuwait is the only country in the Gulf where large numbers of American ground troops are assembling and engaged in training for desert warfare.

Tens of thousands more U.S. and British troops are expected in Kuwait in the run-up to a possible war against Iraq - which President Bush says will be necessary unless Iraqi President Saddam Hussein rids his country of all weapons of mass destruction.

The United States announced Monday that it is sending a specially tailored force of about 37,000 soldiers, spearheaded by the Texas-based 4th Infantry Division - the largest ground force identified so far among the nearly 100,000 U.S. troops included in deployment.

In Cairo, Egypt, visiting Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal said Saudi Arabia hopes the attack wouldn't harm the close Kuwaiti-U.S. relationship.

"This is very unfortunate and we are sending our condolences to the American Administration and his (the victim's) family," Prince Saud said.

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1 posted on 01/21/2003 4:52:35 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing; SLB; Squantos; harpseal
I wonder if contractors are allowed to carry weapons?
2 posted on 01/21/2003 7:48:05 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Fred Mertz
I wonder if contractors are allowed to carry weapons?

Most likely. I'm a Desert Storm vet. I worked closely with lots of civilian contractors and many of them did carry.

3 posted on 01/21/2003 7:58:44 AM PST by sparkomatic
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To: Fred Mertz; sparkomatic
Mornin' ! Thank you...
4 posted on 01/21/2003 8:09:38 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (9 out of 10 Republicans agree: Bush IS a Genius !!)
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To: sparkomatic
No Freakin' way. I AM a contractor, my company DOES have positions at this location. No one at any of our sites is allowed to carry a weapon. We are there to support operations (usually because we are electronics or software experts)... NOT fight. A BIG thank you to Clinton's Sec of State... Madeline Albright officially changed our status from civillian noncombatants to mercinaries. Now it is 100% legal for a foreign government to shoot unarmed civillian as spies and Uncle Sam will not do a damn thing about it.
5 posted on 01/21/2003 8:22:42 AM PST by DCBurgess58
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To: DCBurgess58
I'm sorry to hear about you situation. The guys I'm referring to were contractors from a CA based company with a name very similar to a fast food franchise with arches as their logo. This was 12 years ago, but...

Our guys did carry. They drove around in Mitsubishi Monteros without any military escort. They even went with us into Iraq.

6 posted on 01/21/2003 8:44:02 AM PST by sparkomatic
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To: Fred Mertz; wardaddy
No they are not unless they are security or police trainers on a range to the best of my experience and knowledge of the areas laws. Department of State and DOD sorts have authority and do so if they are smart. But IMHO such an ambush from a traffic circle is hard to defend against . I clearly remember an incident where a Qatari Officer was gonna kill a bus driver who was discovered to have picked up a box of 45ACP and was looking at it. Not even trying to steal or take it . He'd asked me if he could "look" at it.

When the Qatari liasion officer asked where he'd got it he pointed at me. The Qatari calmed down real fast as "we were official guests of the emir"......he handed me back my spare ammo and said "this is not allowed" and then sucker punched the bus driver up the side of the noggin. Bus driver alledgedly knew the rules as to possession of ammo or firearms by expats.

I experienced the same law in UAE, Oman,Saudi, Bahrain and Kuwait . Natives to each country had arsenals in their basements with beau coup ammo. Ex-pats were in most cases not even allowed to own ammo.

One Qatari we traveled with took us into his home and showed us a gun safe filled with RPG's, Sub guns ,Rifles sidearms and shotguns. He offered me three times the value for our Barrett 82's. He wanted those bad but Uncle Sugar would have interupted my retirement plans for sure if I sold my free japan goobermint supplied Toyota AND and the Barrett :o)

7 posted on 01/21/2003 9:07:32 AM PST by Squantos (Stay Safe Ya'll !)
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To: Squantos; Travis McGee
One Qatari we traveled with took us into his home and showed us a gun safe filled with RPG's, Sub guns ,Rifles sidearms and shotguns. He offered me three times the value for our Barrett 82's. He wanted those bad but Uncle Sugar would have interupted my retirement plans for sure if I sold my free japan goobermint supplied Toyota AND and the Barrett :o)

Barrett's here in Murfreesboro where my mom lives.

Let's say we get a boatload(at discount of course) and have Travis captain it over to that Quatari fellow while we're at it. We could even throw some Yotas on the deck.

Whaddaya think....I could use a few months at sea..

I think I can arrange financing and I know my way around a ship charter pretty well....just a little 800-1000 ton DWT dutch coaster ought to do the trick.

LOL...quick slap to the head....back to reality....THAT stuff was a lifetime ago and has a steep

Thanks for the fantasy prompt Squantos.

8 posted on 01/21/2003 10:15:23 AM PST by wardaddy (Beware of the red mustache...)
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To: wardaddy
I have it on good authority that AK-47s are available for from 50 to 200 bucks depending in any port on the Red Sea or horn of Africa. I'm sure the same goes for anything else you want. Some yachties pick up an AK in Yemen, then toss them overboard after they clear Egypt into the med.
9 posted on 01/21/2003 10:48:50 AM PST by Travis McGee (--------------------------- WAR SOLVED HITLER! -------------------------)
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To: DCBurgess58
I sent an email to the contractor friend of mine and asked him about the gun he carried in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. This is his email (I changed it a bit to protect his identity).

"My Glock came from name deleted. I don't remember how I got it, whether I bought it from him in Saudi or whether I bought it in the States. I'm pretty sure I bought it from him in Saudi the first time. I was allowed and encouraged to carry the gun from both the Army and from company name. After the war, I sold it back to name deleted. I did sneak it back to the U.S. in my hold baggage from Saudi. Obviously, I don't think that could happen anymore, even in hold baggage.

10 posted on 01/24/2003 7:32:48 AM PST by sparkomatic
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