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Two Americans ambushed in Kuwait

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January 22, 2003 Posted: 3:44 AM EST (0844 GMT)
The Interior Ministry said the two Americans were driving from the direction of Camp Doha but could not say whether the vehicle came from the camp.
The Interior Ministry said the two Americans were driving from the direction of Camp Doha but could not say whether the vehicle came from the camp.  

Two American civilians were attacked Tuesday at an intersection in Kuwait. A video camera north of Kuwait City may have recorded the ambush where one of the Americans was shot dead and another was wounded, a Kuwaiti official said. At least 24 bullets struck the vehicle in which the U.S. military contractors were traveling. Richard Jones, the U.S. ambassador to Kuwait, called the incident "a terrorist attack." Jones added that the United States has "full confidence" that Kuwaiti officials will investigate the incident "vigorously and professionally."

Authorities were reviewing the videotape that had been recorded from a camera that monitors traffic. Police said the attacker or attackers likely hid in a tree-lined area next to the road and ambushed the Americans as their vehicle reached the intersection shortly after 9 a.m. local time. The attack took place on the main road that leads from the U.S. military's Camp Doha - about three miles from the base itself. Camp Doha is the largest U.S. military base in Kuwait.

Michael Rene Pouliot, 46, of San Diego, California died at the scene, according to the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait. David Caraway, who was driving the vehicle, suffered six gunshot wounds but is expected to survive, authorities said. Both men were contract workers for the U.S. military. They were employed by Tapestry Solutions, a San Diego-based company that designs software to allow the U.S. military to coordinate its operations.

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Pouliot co-founded the company in 1993 and was Tapestry's executive vice president. Caraway is a senior software engineer for the company.

The attack was not the first on Americans in Kuwait. In October, two Kuwaiti gunmen suspected of having ties to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network attacked U.S. Marines training on Kuwait's Failaka Island, killing one Marine and injuring another. The attackers were killed in return fire. And in November, two U.S. soldiers traveling from Camp Doha to the town of Oraifijan in a civilian vehicle were pulled off the road and shot at close range by a Kuwaiti police sergeant. Both soldiers, who were wearing civilian clothes, survived. The suspect was arrested after being captured in Saudi Arabia.

U.S. troops have been in stationed in Kuwait since the Persian Gulf War in 1991. In August 1990, the forces of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded the country, claiming it as another province of Baghdad and sparking the crisis that led to the Persian Gulf War the following year. In that war, a U.S.-led coalition pushed Iraqi troops out of Kuwait, and U.S. troops have been stationed there since that time.

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