The United States Embassy in Kuwait has issued a security alert due to threats made by the pro-Iran militant group Alwiyat al-Waad al-Haq (AWH) that American bases in the country are “legitimate targets.”
Yesterday, AWH issued a statement saying that “we consider the American bases in Kuwait and the Emirates as legitimate targets for us, in response to the crimes of the Zionist entity and America. And in retaliation for the martyrs of beloved Palestine.”
The embassy responded by saying they are aware of the threats and that “as a result, the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait is limiting its activity on U.S. military bases to essential and official events only. U.S. citizens are advised to remain alert.”
The American embassy in the United Arab Emirates has yet to release a statement on the matter.
AWH has historically only carried out attacks against Saudi Arabia for its involvement against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, as well as claims by the IRGC that the Kingdom organizes domestic protests in Iran. However, the United States has accused Iran of “actively facilitating” attacks against American forces in the region and are “deeply concerned about the potential for any significant escalation of these attacks in the days ahead.”
This also comes as the WSJ reported that that the United States Pentagon “is sending a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or Thaad, to Saudi Arabia, and Patriot surface-to-air missile systems to Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and UAE” ahead of Israel’s expected ground invasion in Gaza against Hamas, which is likely to escalate attacks against American personnel in the Middle East.