Kuwait has ordered all of its personnel out of Iraq. Officials said the
Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry recalled diplomats and embassy staffers from
Baghdad earlier this week.
"The embassy staff in Iraq is returning home," Kuwait's ambassador to
Iraq, Ali Al Momen, said.
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The order came in the wake of a rocket attack on the Kuwaiti embassy on July
12. Officials said three rockets fell near the Kuwaiti embassy in Baghdad's
Green Zone, Middle East Newsline reported.
Al Momen said the rockets did not cause any injuries at the embassy. The
ambassador said that following the attack he drove to Baghdad International
Airport and flew back to Kuwait.
The Kuwaiti withdrawal took place amid an escalation in Shi'ite attacks
on the U.S. military and its Western allies. Officials said Iraqis,
including parliamentarians, have threatened the Gulf Cooperation Council
Iraq's parliament had demanded the ouster of Al Momen amid tensions over
Kuwait's plan to build a nuclear facility near the Iraqi border. In
mid-July, the Kuwaiti Cabinet said it was abandoning its nuclear energy
program, but asserted that the sheikdom would build port facilities at
Kabir, located across from the Iraqi port of Basra.