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03KUWAIT1013
2003-03-20 21:24:00
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Kuwait
Cable title:  

SITREP NO. 4

Tags:   AEMR  AMGT  PREL  ASEC  CASC  EAID  KU 
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						UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 KUWAIT 001013 

SIPDIS

DEPT ALSO FOR USAID - DCHA/OFDA

GENEVA FOR UNDRO AND LRCS

USCINCCENT ALSO FOR POLAD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AEMR AMGT PREL ASEC CASC EAID KU
SUBJECT: SITREP NO. 4

REF: KUWAIT 999

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 KUWAIT 001013

SIPDIS

DEPT ALSO FOR USAID - DCHA/OFDA

GENEVA FOR UNDRO AND LRCS

USCINCCENT ALSO FOR POLAD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AEMR AMGT PREL ASEC CASC EAID KU
SUBJECT: SITREP NO. 4

REF: KUWAIT 999


1. SITREP NO. 4 AS OF 1159 HOURS LOCAL, 0359 HOURS
WASHINGTON TIME.


2. EVENTS SINCE LAST SITREP:

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Security
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Classified Kuwait 1012 reported multiple missile
launches. Watchstanders and others put on gas masks and
went to safehaven until all clear announced. No
chemical/biological agents were detected

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Military
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At 2010 Kuwait Ops Center confirmed to Iraq Task Force
that several oil wells south of Basara were on fire as
reported on Fox News and by DOE.

Obtained for US Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff from
Office of Military Cooperation-Kuwait the name of the
Kuwaiti equivalent of the Chairman, LTG Fahad Ahmed Al
Amir, (work 965-484-7400 ext. 60541, mobile 965-984-
4404).
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Political
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At 1510, Watchstander called White House Situation Room
and provided the phone number (965) 563-6222 for a call
to Foreign Minister Shaykh Sabah at 1720 Kuwait time.

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Consular
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At 1355 Watchstanders spoke to Kuwait Airport Emergency
Control Center - airport was still operating at this
time, although some flights had been suspended after
announcement of incoming missiles from Iraq.

At 2100 CONS circulated a Wardens Message updating the
American community on the current situation. The Message
advised that while the Airport remained open, service had
been severely restricted. The Message also reminded
American citizens that visas are required to enter Saudi
Arabia and that they are not available at the border,
that travelers will not be allowed to cross without a
visa, and that women are not allowed to drive in Saudi
Arabia.

At 2300 hrs CONS Chief spoke with FSO Thomas Rosenberg
(mobile 966-05-620-6921) from Consulate Dhahran, who has
arrived in Khafji on the Kuwait/Saudi border with another
FSO and FSN to assist Americans crossing into Saudi
Arabia. He reports that everything is calm. Saudi
authorities have informed him that they are willing to
issue visas at the border to Americans facing genuine
emergencies. However, they do not believe that the
security situation in Kuwait at this time is dire enough
to initiate a general policy of approving visas at the
border. Post is unaware of any Americans "stranded" at
the border.

At 2330 CONS, in response to Department request,
contacted Kuwait Airways concerning a group of Amcit
passengers who arrived in Kuwait today from Mumbai and
had been unable to depart as scheduled for Chicago due to
the threat of missile attack. Kuwait Airways has located
all 51 American passengers at a hotel near the airport.
Passengers have had to share rooms because of the high
occupancy rate at all Kuwait hotels. Passengers are
currently scheduled to leave tomorrow on KU 103 at 1230
for London, with onward connections still pending. CONS
spoke to one American passenger who stated that all
passengers are safe, but frustrated and concerned about
being in Kuwait at this time. CONS has faxed the latest
Warden Message to the hotel and asked that it be
distributed to all American guests.

A total of 23 persons (AMCITS and their family members)
who have contacted the Embassy to request assistance
departing Kuwait are still pending departure.

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Management
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TDY FS Health Practitioner Joanne Silva arrived after
circuitous journey from Miami via London, Frankfurt,
Dubai, Kuwait to support Health Unit operate extended
hours, seven days a week.

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Pending Issues
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None


3. COMMENTS: None


4. STATUS OF PENDING REQUESTS: See above.

JONES