Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Official: Kuwait has built food stockpile, taken precautionary measures in event of U.S. attack on Iran

Above: Two air ambulances from the 2515th Naval Air Ambulance Detachment fly out of Udairi Army Airfield after deployment to Camp Buehring in Kuwait in March. On loan to the army, tprimary mission is to provide on-call medical support for Kuwait and portions of Iraq. Kuwait is the home to the US Army Forces Central Command and the Coalition Forces Land Component Command, which together control all military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The island nation of Bahrain has also announced preparations for a U.S.-Iran conflict, including holding the largest mass casualty drill ever. Bahrain is home to Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT)and is home base for the 5th Fleet, responsible for naval forces in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Arabian Sea and coast off East Africa as far south as Kenya.

KUWAIT CITY: Amid Washington-Tehran tensions over Iran's disputed nuclear program, Kuwait has prepared food stocks in case war breaks out in the Gulf, an official said Wednesday.

State-owned Kuwait News Agency quoted the commerce and industry minister of this small oil-rich state, Falah al-Hajiri, as saying his ministry has built a "strategic stockpile of foodstuffs," and has taken all "precautionary measures" to care for the population.

Al-Hajiri spoke after a meeting with parliament's foreign affairs committee to discuss the country's preparedness in case of potential U.S. military action against neighboring Iran over the latter's refusal to halt uranium enrichment.

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