Continued: US troops heading to Kuwait
Some 3,500 American troops will head to Kuwait over the next
several days to provide training for Kuwaiti forces. The
troops will join 1,200 soldiers already there.
President Clinton ordered the buildup to keep pressure on
Saddam. The recent tensions came after Iraqi troops struck
at Kurds in northern Iraq earlier in the month. The immediate
U.S. response, however, targeted air defense systems and
missile bases in southern Iraq.
In addition, the "no-fly" zone's boundary was extended
northward, farther away from the oil-rich borders of Saudi
Arabia and Kuwait.
"We believe that the goal of Saddam Hussein is to dominate
this region, and he has only been prevented from this goal by
our containment policy," Defense Secretary William Perry
Perry traveled to the Gulf region over the weekend to clarify
the U.S. policy to Arab allies. He maintained Iraq's threats
against Kuwait were "completely unacceptable" and that the
U.S. troop deployment was necessary to protect Kuwait.
Despite those assurances, the U.S. policy is becoming more
apparent as the saga continues to unfold. It's all about oil.
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