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Kuwait, al Qaeda Hit List, and Hala February?

Kuwait Times, Monday, February 26, top right front page:

Kuwait on top of Al-Qaeda hit-list

Arab security officials disclosed that a closed door session was held in Iraq between intelligence personnel of a neighboring state and officials of Al-Qaeda in order to execute a threat that was announced by Al-Qaeda recently of attacking Gulf States. The officials warned that Kuwait was on top of their hit-list of states to be attacked, adding that the attack would be executed by Arabs who visit Kuwait with the cooperation of extremist groups existing and operating in Kuwait.

The attackers, they said, would target pivotal and sensitive installations as well as international institutions in Kuwait. Al-Rai daily questioned a senior official on the alleged threat, who confirmed that they had received it, adding that Kuwaiti authorities always take any intelligence reports seriously. He said that the authorities had already executed all security actions to be taken during the last few days in coordination with allied states in addition to scrutinising all visitors arriving in Kuwait.

My comments: Top front page and atrocious reporting.

1. What Arab security officials? Just give us a clue – like from what country?
2. Intelligence personnel of a state neighboring Iraq. . . hmmmm. . . Syria? Iran? Jordan? Kuwait?
3. Which Kuwaiti senior official? From a relevant ministry?

This is supposed to be NEWS. That means there should be verifiable facts. As it stands, it could be just another attack on the bargain hunters at Hala February.

February 26, 2007 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Communication, Counter-terrorism, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Geography / Maps, Humor, Kuwait, Language, Living Conditions, Middle East, Political Issues, Rants


  1. did you hear about the shootings of the french tourists in saudi this evening?

    Comment by skunk | February 26, 2007 | Reply

  2. No Skunk, I hadn’t heard. Your comment is the first. Aarrgh. Where were they when they were shot?

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 27, 2007 | Reply

  3. ya khalti this story is _very_ interesting. I’ve seen it reported elsewhere this morning in relation to “Eastern Arabs” coming into Kuwait. the lack of details isn’t bad reporting – its subtle. neither the paper nor the ministries can identify which state without creating a diplomatic mess, but not to report the news at all would be both weak and unfair to Kuwaitis.

    fascinating. meanwhile in Beirut we just have the same old explosives :-).

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | February 27, 2007 | Reply

  4. here you go, off the reuters website:

    RIYADH, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Four French nationals, some of them Muslims, were shot dead in Saudi Arabia on Monday in what appeared to be a militant attack, Saudi television said.

    It said a group of eight French nationals came under fire near the town of Tabuk in the northwest of the vast desert country as they were heading to the holy city of Mecca for a pilgrimage.

    Comment by skunk | February 27, 2007 | Reply

  5. Skunk, How SAD! They killed French Muslims!? And how sad, it was Tabuk! I have such sweet memories of Tabuk.

    OK, Little Diamond, your point is well taken AND I still get frustrated with news that is too subtle to understand. you are so good at finding more information and putting all those pieces together.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 27, 2007 | Reply

  6. Here’s the story from BBC ; four dead, they were expats living in Saudi and three dead were not Muslim. Sad story.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 27, 2007 | Reply

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