Kuwait's foreign minister said that his country uncovered an Iranian “spy cell” monitoring US military presence in Kuwait and possessing explosives to bomb strategic facilities in the country. The news announced today supposedly deal with the actions of the Kuwaiti intelligence to dismantle the cell almost a year ago.
"We are talking about a cell whose task was not only to monitor and record the US military presence that is in their view hostile -- the American forces presence on Kuwait lands -- but it exceeded that," said Sheikh Mohammad al-Salem al-Sabah. "They had explosives and the intention to explode vital Kuwaiti facilities. They had names of officers and they had extremely sensitive information. This indicates bad intentions to harm Kuwaiti security." [Al Arabiya, 21 April].
Kuwait hosts a vast US logistics base, Camp Arifjan, in the desert south of the capital that serves as a staging post for US forces being deployed in neighboring Iraq.
Last month, a Kuwaiti court sentenced two Iranians and a Kuwaiti to death for being part of an alleged Iranian spy ring and expelled three Iranian diplomats supposedly connected to the espionage activities. Earlier this month, Iran expelled three Kuwaiti diplomats.