Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Denial of bombing of Kuwait embassy in Iraq

News reports stated that the Kuwait embassy in Baghdad was the target of three rockets. However the acting undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kuwair, Mohammed Ahmed Al-Roumi denied these reports even though the ministry has withdrawn all its diplomats and embassy staff from Baghdad. Al-Roumi claimed that staff has been recalled to Iraq because of Ramadan approaching.

Whilst there is no explanation as to why this attack has been denied by the Kuwaitis, the motive for the attack is apparent. Tensions have been growing between Iraq and Kuwait over the latter’s plan to build a nuclear facility near the Iraqi border. Interestingly this plan was later retracted by the Kuwaitis (in mid- July). Rather, they said that a port would be built at Mubarak Al Kabir, located across from the Iraqi port of Basra.

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