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Posted: 12/14/2003 1:48:17 PM EDT

Four U.S. Soldiers Injured in Kuwait Attacks
Two Truck Convoys Struck in Separate Attacks

KUWAIT CITY (Dec. 14) - Four U.S. soldiers were slightly injured Sunday after their truck convoys came under fire in two separate attacks in Kuwait, a U.S. military spokesman said.

The soldiers were injured by broken glass from the vehicles' windows after coming under fire on two different highways at 5:15 p.m. and at 5:45 p.m. local time, Lt. Col. Vic Harris told The Associated Press.

Investigators were trying to determine who was behind the attacks. It was not clear whether the shootings were related to the capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein late Saturday.

Kuwait's official news agency, KUNA, called it a ''terrorist attack,'' but did not give further details.

The U.S. military has had a strong presence in Kuwait since it led the coalition that liberated the small, oil-rich state from a seven-month Iraqi occupation in 1991.

In January, an Islamic extremist shot two American civil contractors near Camp Doha, the main U.S. military base in Kuwait, killing one and injuring another.

While Kuwait is a major U.S. ally in the Gulf, scores of its citizens fought and trained with Islamic groups in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Bosnia. Such extremists oppose the U.S. military presence in Kuwait.



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