Editor's note: The New York Times notes that there was no indication that the attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait were coordinated. However, the paper notes, 'the three strikes came at roughly the same time, and just days after the Islamic State ...called for such operations during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.' - Tom
Editor's note: The Associated Press reports the attack on a mosque in Kuwait was its first terror attack in more than two decades. And The New York Times described the the assault as 'particularly worrisome.' Kuwait, the paper says, 'has been largely insulated from the mayhem in the region, and open tensions between Sunnis and Shiites are not common.' - Tom
Kuwait /kuːˈweɪt/ (Arabic: دولة الكويت), officially the State of Kuwait, is an Arab country in Western Asia. Situated in the northern edge of Eastern Arabia at the tip of the Persian Gulf, it shares borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia. As of 2013, Kuwait has a population of four million people.
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Kuwait was a prosperous center of trade and commerce in the Middle East. Starting in the early 20th century, its regional economic importance declined, and by 1934 Kuwait had lost its prominence in long-distance trade. Kuwait's economy was devastated by several trade blockades. During World War I, the British Empire imposed a blockade against Kuwait because its ruler supported the Ottoman Empire. Following the Kuwait–Najd War of 1919–1920, Saudi Arabia maintained a trade blockade against the country from 1923 until 1937. In 1990, Kuwait was annexed by Iraq. The Iraqi occupation came to an end after military intervention by United States-led forces.
Kuwait is a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliamentary system. The country ranks highly in regional comparisons of national performance, including protection of civil liberties, press freedom and judicial independence. Kuwait is frequently ranked as having the freest press in the Arab world. The country is currently attempting to diversify its oil-reliant economy. In recent years, the hostile relationship between the elected parliament and government has prevented the implementation of economic reforms.