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25 US troops hurt in Kuwait

Aljazeera
February 17, 2004

16:52 Makka Time, 13:52 GMT

US forces used Kuwait as launch pad to invade Iraq last March

Twenty five US soldiers were injured when their bus overturned near an air force based used by Kuwaiti and American-led forces in northern Kuwait.

The incident took place on Sunday near Ali al-Salim Air Base, 70km northwest of the capital Kuwait City, US military spokesman Captain Randall Baucom said on Tuesday.

"Four of the soldiers were taken to a Kuwaiti armed forces hospital and are in a stable condition, while 21 were treated at a local camp," Baucom added.

He said Kuwaiti police were questioning the bus driver, a Kenyan national. He did not elaborate.

Local company

The bus, which was leased from a local company, was driving along a highway to the base when the accident happened, Baucom said.

News of the accident broke only on Tuesday when the local newspaper Al-Anba reported it with Kuwaiti sources.

Kuwait has been a major ally of Washington in the region, since a US-led coalition fought the 1991 Gulf War that ousted occupying Iraqi forces.

The small oil-rich state was the launchpad for the invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein in April.

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