ABU DHABI Ñ Kuwait has bolstered security around oil facilities to
protect against Iraqi sabotage attacks.
The security measures were imposed by the state-owned Kuwaiti Oil Corp.
corporation is responsible for the sheikdom's oil facilities and production.
Kuwaiti officials said the the corporation has launched emergency plans
in coordination with the Defense Ministry to protect the oil facilities.
They said the threat assessments include an Iraqi missile attack or
On Thursday, Kuwait announced the arrest of five people, all but one of
them Kuwaitis, and the seizure of a large amount of weapons and ammunition.
An Interior Ministry statement termed the detainees "extremists" and said
they had undergone weapons training. Kuwaiti sources described the suspects
as members of Al Qaida.
[In Washington, the U.S. Defense Department said it has drafted plans to
quickly respond to any sabotage by the regime of President Saddam Hussein on
Iraqi oil fields. The Pentagon said the plan would include the deployment of
U.S. troops to capture and protect the oil fields from any attack by
Last month, Kuwait closed several oil facilities near the Iraqi border
to protect against an Iraqi attack. Officials said the sheikdom has not
taken out a special insurance policy on its oil installations as part of war
"Some fields will be shut down," Kuwaiti Oil Minister Ahmed Fahd Al
Sabah said on Thursday.