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U.S. Troops in Another Incident in Kuwait

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2002 – For the second day in a row, there was an incident in Kuwait involving U.S. military personnel, DoD officials said Oct. 9.

Navy Lt. Dan Hetlage said U.S. service members were driving a Humvee on Kuwait Route 80 north of Camp Doha. One of the two men in a local vehicle brandished a weapon at the Americans as they passed the Humvee.

Judging the action to be a threat, one of the Americans fired. The civilian vehicle stopped and the Humvee continued on. No one was hurt in the incident, Hetlage said.

Camp Doha is the largest concentration of American ground forces in the emirate. Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division are stationed at the base.

State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the attack on Marines Oct. 8 was an act of terrorism. Lance Cpl. Antonio J. Sledd, 20, of Hillsborough, Fla., died in the attack. Lance Cpl. George R. Simpson, 21, of Dayton, Ohio, was wounded in the firefight. Both men were participating in Exercise Eager Mace.

Kuwaiti officials have said the men who launched the attack were al Qaeda agents. Both were killed.

"We view this attack on U.S. military forces engaged in training exercises in Kuwait as a terrorist act," Boucher said during a State Department press conference Oct. 9. "We condemn it in the strongest possible terms."

Boucher said the United States is coordinating closely with the Kuwaiti government to investigate the attack and "any possible connections to international terrorist groups."

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