In a warden message on Aug. 9, the embassy said it expected anti-Assad
demonstrations to continue through the Muslim fast month of Ramadan, Middle East Newsline reported. The
embassy said the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry has already confirmed protests in
front of the Syrian embassy in Kuwait City.
"According to the Kuwait Ministry of the Interior, public gatherings may
continue to take place over the next week in front of the Syrian embassy,
located in Mishref off Route 303," the U.S. embassy said in a warden
statement. "In order to avoid any possible incidents, the U.S. embassy
recommends that this area be avoided after Aisha prayer — just prior to 8
The U.S. military presence in Kuwait has been reported at up to 70,000
soldiers and support personnel. Washington has used Kuwait, a major non-NATO
ally, for training and logistics in the Middle East and South Asia.
The warning to Americans was issued after the Kuwait Interior Ministry
banned all anti-Assad demonstrations. Sunni parliamentarians have criticized
the Gulf Cooperation Council sheikdom for an insufficient response to the
killing of more than 2,000 Sunnis by Assad in the revolt in Syria.