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632-661    The Rashidun Caliphate, also known as the Rightly Guided Caliphate, comprising the first four caliphs in Islam's history, was founded after Muhammad's death. At its height, the Caliphate extended from the Arabian Peninsula, to the Levant, Caucasus and North Africa in the west, to the Iranian highlands and Central Asia in the east. It was the one of the largest empires in history up until that time.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashidun_Caliphate)

1860s-1890s    The Saud family moved to exile in Kuwait when the Ottoman Empire conquered much of Arabia.
    (WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A14)

1913        The boundary between Iraq and Kuwait was defined.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A9)

1915        In Kuwait Sheikh Mubarak died. Kuwait’s rule later alternated between the 2 branches of the al-Sabah family, the al-Salem and the al-Jaber lines, after the 2 sons of Mubarak.
    (Econ, 1/21/06, p.47)

1932        Kuwait’s Municipal Council was established.
    (www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/gulf/kuwait-legislature.htm)

1938        Oil was found in Kuwait.
    (SSFC, 4/13/03, p.E1)

1953        The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) was founded as the world’s first sovereign wealth fund. In 2008 its assets were estimated at $200 billion.
    (WSJ, 1/16/08, p.A10)(Econ, 1/19/08, p.80)

1959        A group of Palestinians met in Kuwait and formed Fatah. Yasser Arafat became the group’s leader.
    (SFC, 11/11/04, p.A18)

1960        Sep 14, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela formed OPEC. Fuad Rouhani (1907-2004) of Iran served as its 1st secretary-general. In 1964 he was succeeded by Abdul Rahman Bazzaz of Iraq.
    (HN, 9/14/98)(WSJ, 7/28/03, p.A8)

1961        Jun 19, Kuwait regained complete independence from Britain along with  Qatar, Bahrain
    (NG, 5/88, p.662)(DT internet 6/19/97)(HN, 6/19/98)

1961        Jun 24, Iraq demanded dominion over Kuwait.
    (MC, 6/24/02)

1961        Jun 26, A Kuwaiti vote opposed Iraq’s annexation plans.
    (HN, 6/26/98)

1961        Jul 1, British troops landed in Kuwait to aid against Iraqi threats.
    (HN, 7/1/98)

1961        Nov 30, Soviets vetoed a UN seat for Kuwait, pleasing Iraq.
    (HN, 11/30/98)

1962        Nov, Kuwait approved a new constitution and became the first Arab state in the Gulf to establish an elected legislature.
    (AP, 9/11/11)(www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/gulf/kuwait-legislature.htm)

1962        Kuwait passed a law requiring women to get their husband's signature to obtain a passport.
    (AP, 10/21/09)

1963        Jan 29, Kuwait’s constitution came into force as the new National Assembly convened. but only a select few were eligible to vote. Power rested with the royal family.
    (www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/gulf/kuwait-legislature.htm)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.40)

1963        Iraq renounced its claim laid to Kuwait.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A9)

1973        Oct 16, OPEC, the Arab oil-producing nations, announced they would begin cutting back on oil exports to Western nations and Japan. The next day, the five Arab members of the OPEC committee were joined in Kuwait by the oil ministers of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, and Syria. The result was a total embargo that lasted until March 1974 and caused oil prices to quadruple.
    (www.harvardir.org/articles/1659/)(AP, 10/17/97)(WSJ, 7/28/03, p.A8)

1973        In Kuwait Law No. 14 established the Constitutional Court, which has exclusive jurisdiction to interpret the constitutionality of legislation and is empowered to review electoral contestations. The Court is comprised of five members who are chosen by the Judicial Council.
    (www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/gulf/kuwait-legislature.htm)

1981        May 25, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1918-2004), United Arab Emirates President, urged in 5 other Arab monarchies (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia) to form the Gulf Cooperation Council. The unified economic agreement between the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council was signed on 11 November 1981 in Riyadh.
    (Econ, 11/20/04, p.90)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_Cooperation_Council)

1982        Aug, In Kuwait the official Souk al-Manakh (camel market) collapsed erasing $94 billion in paper wealth overnight. The crash prompted a recession that rippled through society as individual families were disrupted by the investment risks of particular members made on family credit.
    (Econ, 12/5/09, p.81)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Souk_Al-Manakh_stock_market_crash)

1983        Dec 12, A truck bomb exploded at the US Embassy in Kuwait. Shiite Muslims backed by Iran drove bomb-laden trucks into six targets. The most deadly of these struck the US Embassy, killing five persons and wounding 62. Other trucks destroyed the French embassy and several Kuwaiti installations (www.danielpipes.org/article/173).
    (WSJ, 4/28/05, p.A1)

1984        Dec 4, A five-day hijack drama began as four armed men seized a Kuwaiti airliner en route to Pakistan and forced it to land in Tehran, where the hijackers killed American passenger Charles Hegna.
    (AP, 12/4/04)

1984        Dec 9, In Iran a five-day hijack drama ended when Iranian commandos captured the Kuwaiti plane. 4 armed men had seized a Kuwaiti airliner en route to Pakistan and forced it to land in Tehran, where the hijackers killed American passenger Charles Hegna.
    (AP, 12/4/04)

1984        Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, UAR) agreed on the creation of a two-brigade (10,000 troops) Peninsula Shield Force, based in Saudi Arabia near the Kuwaiti and Iraqi borders.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peninsula_Shield)

1987        Mar 23, US offered military protection to Kuwaiti ships in the Persian Gulf.
    (SS, 3/23/02)

1987        Jul 22, The United States began its policy of escorting re-flagged Kuwaiti tankers up and down the Persian Gulf to protect them from possible attack by Iran.
    (AP, 7/22/97)

1987        Aug 11,  Britain and France ordered minesweepers to the Persian Gulf, but said they would not be used in combined operations with the United States as it escorted reflagged Kuwaiti ships.
    (AP, 8/11/97)

1987        Aug 22, The supertanker Bridgeton and three other reflagged Kuwaiti tankers left Kuwait under U.S. escort and safely cleared Persian Gulf waters where the Bridgeton had hit a mine the month before.
    (AP, 8/22/97)

1987        Oct 16, In the Persian Gulf, an Iranian missile hit a re-flagged Kuwaiti ship in the first direct attack on the tanker fleet guarded by the U.S.
    (AP, 10/16/97)

1987        Oct, The British government sold the last of its shares in British Petroleum, allowing the company to finally be completely privatized for the first time in 73 years. The Kuwaiti government bought 22% of British Petroleum’s total shares while the price was low, but the deal was opposed by PM Margaret Thatcher. This forced the Kuwaitis so sell over half their stake. Eventually British Petroleum bought back nearly 400 million of the Kuwaiti shares and cancelled them.
    (http://www.conservapedia.com/BP)(Econ, 1/19/08, p.80)

1987        The emir of Kuwait dissolved parliament.
    (SFEC, 7/4/99, p.A20)

1988        Apr 5 A 15-day hijacking ordeal began as gunmen forced a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet to land in Iran.
    (AP, 5/5/97)

1988        A cease-fire was declared between Iraq and Iran. Iraq re-asserted its claim to Kuwait.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A9)

1989        Jul 9, Two bombs explode in Mecca, killing one pilgrim, wounding 16. Saudi authorities blame Iranian-inspired terrorists and later beheaded 16 Kuwaiti Shiite Muslims for bombings. Iran denied involvement.
    (AP, 2/1/04)

1990        Jul 24, Iraq, accusing Kuwait of conspiring to harm its economy through oil overproduction, massed tens of thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks along the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border. US warships in Persian Gulf were placed on alert.
    (AP, 7/24/00)

1990        Aug 1, Iraq pulled out of talks with Kuwait.
    (www.milnet.com/gulfwar.htm)

1990        Aug 2, Iraq invaded Kuwait, seizing control of the oil-rich emirate. The day came to be known in Kuwait as “Black Thursday." 330 Kuwaitis died during the occupation and war. Sadam Hussein, leader of Iraq, took over Kuwait. G. Bush led an inter-national coalition for sanctions and a demand for withdrawal. The Iraqis were later driven out in Operation Desert Storm.
    (SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)(TMC, 1994, p.1990)(AP, 8/2/97)(SFEC, 7/30/00, p.C18)
1990        Aug 2, By a vote of 14-0, the United Nations Security Council condemned the invasion and annexation of Kuwait by Iraq and demanded in Resolution 660 the unconditional withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait.
    (HNQ, 5/27/99)
1990        Aug 2, Yasser Arafat supported Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. This resulted in the PLO’s isolation.
    (SFC, 11/11/04, p.A18)

1990        Aug 3, US announced the commitment of Naval forces to Gulf regions.
    (SC, 8/3/02)
1990        Aug 3, Radio Kuwait went off the air due to the Iraqi invasion.
    (SC, 8/3/02)

1990        Aug 5, An angry President Bush again denounced the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, telling reporters, “This will not stand. This will not stand, this aggression against Kuwait."
    (AP, 8/5/00)

1990        Aug 7, President Bush ordered U.S. troops and warplanes to Saudi Arabia to guard the oil-rich desert kingdom against a possible invasion by Iraq. The US Persian Gulf War began. Operation Desert Shield ended Feb 28, 1991. It cost $8.1 billion and left 383 US casualties with 458 wounded.
    (AP, 8/7/99)(WSJ, 9/22/99, p.A8)(MC, 8/7/02)

1990        Aug 8, As the Persian Gulf crisis deepened, American forces began taking up positions in Saudi Arabia; Iraq announced it had annexed Kuwait as its 19th province; President Bush warned Iraqi President Saddam Hussein that “a line has been drawn in the sand."
    (AP, 8/8/00)(MC, 8/8/02)

1990        Aug 26, Fifty-five Americans, who had been evacuated from the US Embassy in Kuwait, left Baghdad by car and headed for the Turkish border.
    (AP, 8/26/00)

1990        Aug 28, Iraq declared occupied Kuwait the 19th province of Iraq, renamed Kuwait City Kadhima, and created a new district named after President Saddam Hussein. A puppet regime under Alaa Hussein was set up. Alaa Hussein was convicted of treason in 2000 and sentenced to death. Saddam Hussein, saying he sympathized with his foreign captives, pledged to free detained women and children.
    (RTH, 8/28/99)(SFC, 5/4/00, p.A18)(AP, 8/28/00)

1990        Sep 13, The UN Security Council at its 2939th meeting adopted Resolution 666, regarding foodstuffs to be supplied to the civilian population in Iraq or Kuwait in order to relieve human suffering.
    (www.caabu.org/press/documents/unscr-resolution-666.html)

1990        Sep 27, The deposed emir of Kuwait delivered an emotional address to the UN General Assembly in which he denounced the “rape, destruction and terror" inflicted upon his country by Iraq.
    (AP, 9/27/00)

1990        Sep 28, The exiled emir of Kuwait visited the White House, where he told President Bush the Iraqis were destroying and looting his country.
    (AP, 9/28/00)

1990        Oct 3, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein made his first known visit to Kuwait since his country seized control of the oil-rich emirate.
    (AP, 10/3/00)

1990        Oct 13, At the start of a three-day conference in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, the crown prince of Kuwait promised greater democracy for the emirate if it were freed from Iraqi occupation.
    (AP, 10/13/00)

1990        Oct 19, Iraq ordered all foreigners in occupied Kuwait to report to authorities or face punishment.
    (AP, 10/19/00)

1990        Nov 23, Iraq ended curfew in occupied Kuwait, but began calling up army reservists in their thirties.
    (AP, 11/23/02)

1990        Nov 26, Mikhail Gorbachev told Iraq to get out of Kuwait.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1990        Nov 29, The UN Security Council, led by the United States, voted 12-to-two to authorize military action if Iraq did not withdraw its troops from Kuwait and release all foreign hostages by January 15th, 1991.
    (AP, 11/29/00)

1990        Dec 11, Hundreds of foreigners flew out of Iraq and Iraqi-occupied Kuwait, ending four months of captivity following Iraq’s invasion of its oil-rich neighbor.
    (AP, 12/11/00)

1990        Dec 17, President Bush pledged “no negotiation for one inch" of Kuwaiti territory would take place as he repeated his demand for Iraq’s complete withdrawal.
    (AP, 12/17/00)

1990        Dec 18, Less than a month before a UN deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, President Bush told reporters he believed Americans would support a military strike, if one proved necessary. In Baghdad, the ruling Revolutionary Command Council said Iraq was “ready for the decisive showdown."
    (AP, 12/18/00)

1990        Dec, Some 540,000 American troops assembled to drive Iraqi forces from Kuwait.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.A22)

1990        Yemen’s refusal to endorse military action against Iraq after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait so annoyed the governments of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait that they expelled a million Yemeni migrant workers, costing the country huge sums in remittances.
    (Econ, 7/23/11, p.45)

1991        Jan 9, Secretary of State James A. Baker the Third and Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz met for six hours in Geneva, but failed to resolve the Persian Gulf crisis. President Bush, in Washington, accused Iraq of "a total stiff-arm, a total rebuff." Mr. Baker told Mr. Aziz that America would throw Iraq out by force if it did not leave Kuwait.   
    (AP, 1/9/01)(Econ, 5/24/08, p.19)

1991        Jan 16, The White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. President Bush said in a nationally broadcast address “the battle has been joined" as fighter bombers pounded Iraqi targets. Because of the time difference, it was early January 17th in the Persian Gulf when the attack began. At 4:30 P.M. EST, the first fighter aircraft are launched from Saudi Arabia and off of U.S. and British aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf on bombing missions over Iraq.
    (AP, 1/16/01)(MC, 1/16/02)

1991        Jan 17, The Persian Gulf War began as Coalition planes struck targets in Iraq and Kuwait. The first Iraqi Scud missile attacks on Israel were launched. There were reports of death and injury, and possibly even chemical weapons being used. For a few tense hours, it looked as though Israel would retaliate against Iraq, causing the allied coalition to break up. Six months of preparation and diplomacy might be undone by a few poorly aimed, 1950s-vintage ballistic missiles. Later that evening, U.S. Patriot surface-to-air missiles were launched against the incoming Scuds, and for the first time in history, a ballistic missile was shot down by another missile. The use of Patriot missiles in Israel’s defense helped to keep that country out of the Gulf War, thereby safeguarding the integrity of the American-European-Arab coalition. Jeffrey Zahn became the 1st US pilot shot down. Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher (33) was shot down over western Iraq. In 1993 the ruins of his plane were found. In 2009 his remains were found and positively identified.
    (SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)(SFEC,12/797, p.A1,16)(HN, 1/17/99)(AP, 8/2/09)
1991        Jan 17, On the first day of Operation Desert Storm, US-led forces hammered Iraqi targets in an effort to drive Iraq out of Kuwait. A defiant Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declared that the “mother of all battles" had begun. Iraq attacked Israel with ten Scud missiles. The US Patriot defense missile was used in battle for the first time to shoot down a Scud fired at Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 1/17/01)

1991        Jan 23, Iraqi forces in Kuwait deliberately created a huge oil spill in the Persian Gulf.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A9)(MC, 1/23/02)

1991        Jan 25, During the Gulf War Iraq sabotaged Kuwait’s main supertanker loading pier, dumping an estimated 460 million gallons of crude oil into the Persian Gulf. Missiles fired from western Iraq struck in the Tel Aviv and Haifa areas, killing one Israeli and injuring more than 40 others.
    (AP, 1/25/01)(SFC, 11/20/02, p.A14)

1991        Feb 22, The US invaded Kuwait in the Gulf War Desert Storm and quickly chased out the Iraqi forces. US soldiers may have been exposed to minute amounts of the nerve gas agent called Substance 33. Russia had developed the Novichok family of nerve gases that were designed to be undetectable by American instruments and they may have been in Iraqi hands at this time. Gen. Anatoly Diamianovich Kuntsevich was in charge of the secret development of the gases and post-Soviet disarmament and the information about the battlefield sensors was revealed by former Soviet scientist Vil Mirzayanov. Their stories agree.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1991) (WSJ, 4/30/96, p.A-14)

1991        Feb 24, The United States and its Gulf War allies launched a large-scale ground assault against Iraqi troops, many of whom surrendered to the advancing forces. General Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the coalition army, sent in ground forces to liberate Kuwait from the Iraqis.
    (HN, 2/24/98)(AP, 2/24/01)

1991        Feb 26, Allied troops took control of Kuwait after a 100-hour ground war. It was later reported that high concentrations of US armor-piercing depleted uranium shells were detonated in Iraq and Kuwait.
    (SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)(SFC, 11/24/98, p.A4)
1991        Feb 26, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein announced on Baghdad Radio that he had ordered his forces to withdraw from Kuwait.
    (AP, 2/26/98)
1991        Feb 26, In Iraq an American armored unit of 9 tanks and 12 Bradley fighting vehicles destroyed 28 Iraqi tanks, 16 armored vehicles, and 39 trucks without a single loss in the Battle of 73 Easting.
    (Econ, 3/3/12, TQp.10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_73_Easting)

1991        Feb 27, President Bush declared that “Kuwait is liberated, Iraq’s army is defeated," and announced that the allies would suspend combat operations at midnight. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the US commander in the Gulf, briefed reporters in detail on the successful allied offensive. Coalition forces liberated Kuwait after seven months of occupation by the Iraqi army.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A9)(HN, 2/27/99)(AP, 2/27/01)

1991        Feb 28, Pres. Bush announced a cease-fire in Kuwait. Allied and Iraqi forces suspended their attacks as Iraq pledged to accept all United Nations resolutions concerning Kuwait. In 1998 George Bush co-wrote "A World Transformed" with Brent Scowcroft, his national security advisor. The book was a dialogue about the foreign policy problems face by the US during the Bush administration (1988-1992). In 1995 Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor published "The General's War: The Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_Gulf_War)(SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)(SFC, 5/4/99, p.D1)(AP, 2/28/01)

1991        Mar 1, The US Embassy in Kuwait officially reopened.
    (AP, 3/1/01)

1991        Mar 2, Following the Kuwait cease-fire a retreating Iraqi unit stumbled into the Gen. McCaffrey’s 24th infantry division and some 400 Iraqis were reported killed. Army investigations concluded that the Iraqis started the Rumaylah battle.
    (SFC, 5/15/00, p.A3)(WSJ, 5/19/00, p.A38)(www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYqoaT0RTFU)

1991        Mar 5, Iraq repealed its annexation of Kuwait. The Iraqis turned over 35 prisoners of war, including 15 Americans, to the Red Cross. An anti-Saddam Hussein uprising was reported sweeping city after city in Iraq.
    (AP, 3/5/01)

1991        Mar 7, Iraq continued to explode oil fields in Kuwait.
    (www.parstimes.com/spaceimages/fires-kuwait-2.jpg)

1991        May 19, Martial-law courts in Kuwait began trying people accused of collaborating with Iraqi occupation forces, sentencing one man to life in prison for wearing a Saddam Hussein T-shirt. (The trials came under international criticism, and were halted.).
    (DT internet 5/19/97)

1991        Mar 24, In liberated Kuwait, banks reopened for the first time since Iraqi troops had shut them down the previous December.
    (AP, 3/24/01)

1991        May 19, Martial-law courts in Kuwait began trying people accused of collaborating with Iraqi occupation forces, sentencing one man to life in prison for wearing a Saddam Hussein T-shirt. The trials came under international criticism, and were halted.
    (AP, 5/19/01)

1991        Aug, American soldiers detected mustard agent from their Fox mobile chemical-detection laboratory in a large metal tank in Kuwait that was probably left behind by retreating Iraqi forces.
    (SFC, 12/11/96, p.A1)

1991        Nov 6, Kuwait celebrated the dousing of the last oil fires ignited by Iraq
    during the Persian Gulf War. Iraqi forces had blown up an estimated 732 Kuwaiti oil wells.
    (AP, 11/6/01)(WSJ, 1/21/02, p.B1)

1991        The US scattered some 118,000 land mines in Iraq and Kuwait during the Gulf War.
    (WSJ, 1/19/02, p.A1)
1991        Yugoslavia exported 149 M-84 tanks to Kuwait. They were assembled in Croatia from components made throughout Yugoslavia.
    (Econ, 1/8/11, p.52)

1992        Parliament was restored under western pressure.
    (SFEC, 7/4/99, p.A20)

1993        Apr 13, The day before a visit by Pres. Bush, fourteen people were arrested in Kuwait for plotting to assassinate him. Washington said the plot was organized by Iraqi intelligence.
    (SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)

1994        Oct 7, Iraqi troops moved south toward Kuwait. Pres. Clinton dispatched a carrier group, 54,000 troops and warplanes to the gulf area. The Iraqis pulled back.
    (SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)

1994        Oct 10, Iraq announced it was withdrawing its forces from the Kuwaiti border; seeing no signs of a pullback, President Clinton dispatched 350 additional aircraft to the region.
    (AP, 10/10/99)

1994        Oct 11, Iraqi troops began moving north, away from the Kuwaiti border.
    (AP, 10/11/99)

1994        Nov 10, Iraq, hoping to win an end to trade sanctions, recognized the independence and boundaries of Kuwait.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A9)(AP, 11/10/99)

1996        Sep 16, Kuwait agreed to allow the US to send 3,300 troops to its soil over the confrontation with Iraq.
    (SFC, 9/17/96, p.A10)

1998        Jun 13, It was reported that the Old World Screwworm had broken out in Iraq, Kuwait and Bahrain. 19 people were reported infected by the disease in which carnivorous larvae hatch from eggs laid in broken skin.
    (SFC, 6/13/98, p.A7)
 
1999        May 4, Sheik Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah dissolved the 50-seat parliament after lawmakers threatened to oust the Islamic affairs minister over errors and omissions in a recent Koran publication. Sheik Saad al-Sabah, the crown prince, served as prime minister.
    (SFC, 5/17/99, p.A12)(SFEC, 7/4/99, p.A20)

1999        May 16, In Kuwait the Cabinet voted to give women the right to vote in the 2003 general elections.
    (SFC, 5/17/99, p.A12)

1999        Jul 3, In Kuwait elections were held for seats in the 50-member parliament. Only some 113,000 men of the 1.8 million population were allowed to vote. Liberals raised their number of seats from 4 to 14.
    (SFEC, 7/4/99, p.A20)(SFC, 7/5/99, p.A12)

1999        Nov 23, In Kuwait the Parliament rejected a decree giving women the right to vote. Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah had issued the decree in May. Nearly identical legislation filed by lawmakers was pending.
    (SFC, 11/24/99, p.C2)

1999        Nov 30, In Kuwait the Parliament rejected a bill that would have allowed women to vote by a vote of 32-30. Only men over 21, who had held Kuwaiti nationality for 20 years, were allowed to vote or run for office.
    (SFC, 12/1/99, p.C5)

1999        Dec 10, In Kuwait a US airmen was instantly killed when an Air Force C-130 transport landed short of the runway at Al Jaber Air Base. The plane regained altitude, dumped fuel and made an emergency belly landing following which 2 more airmen were killed. The pilot was charged with involuntary manslaughter for killing three servicemen by crashing the plane.
    (www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/ahmed-al-jaber.htm)(http://tinyurl.com/2sebsu)

2000        Jun 25, In Kuwait a refinery explosion at the Mina al-Ahmedi plant killed 5 people and closed the largest of the 3 oil processing facilities.
    (WSJ, 6/26/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/28/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 31, Six Persian Gulf nations (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) signed a regional defense pact.
    (SFC, 1/1/01, p.A10)

2001        Mar 12, A US Navy fighter dropped an errant 500-pound bomb in Kuwait that hit an observation post and killed 6 people. Cmdr. David Zimmerman was later reprimanded and relieved of command.
    (SFC, 3/13/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/23/01, p.C4)

2001        Sep 23, The 6-member Persian “Gulf Cooperation Council" (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAR) met in Jidda and pledged support for an int’l. coalition against terrorism.
    (SFC, 9/24/01, p.A7)

2001        Oct 7, Sulaiman Bhughaith, a Kuwaiti Islamist, emerged in Afghanistan as a spokesman for Osama bin Laden.
    (WSJ, 10/24/01, p.A16)

2001        Oct 11, In Kuwait Luc Ethier, a Canadian employed at the Ahmad al-Jaber airbase, was shot and killed in Fahaheel. Ethier’s wife was also shot.
    (SFC, 10/12/01, p.A15)

2002        Feb 1, In Kuwait a huge oil field fire killed 4 workers and shut down production of some 600,000 daily barrels.
    (SFC, 2/2/02, p.A7)

2002        Mar 29, Iraq expressed interest in resuming relations with Kuwait.
    (SFC, 3/30/02, p.A11)

2002        Apr 4, The UN released $995 million in compensation for Iraq’s 1990 invasion. Most went to 1,058 individuals. Saudi Arabia received $82.6 million and Jordan got $44.9.
    (SFC, 4/5/02, p.A12)

2002        Jun 5, It was reported that US intelligence believed that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed of Kuwait, a key bin Laden lieutenant, was the mastermind of the Sep 11 terrorist attacks.
    (SFC, 6/5/02, p.A16)

2002        Aug 31, Kuwait will buy 16 attack helicopters from Boeing in a deal worth $886 million. Defense Minister Sheik Jaber Mubarak Al Hamad and U.S. Ambassador Richard Jones signed the deal.
    (AP, 8/31/02)

2002        Sep 28, Kuwait closed its last fiscal year with a $1.94 billion surplus, the National Bank of Kuwait reported.
    (AP, 9/28/02)

2002        Oct 8, Two Kuwaitis opened fire on U.S. troops on a military exercise on a Kuwait’s Failaka Island in the Persian Gulf, fatally wounding a Marine in what the Interior Ministry called a "terrorist" attack.
    (AP, 10/8/02)(SFC, 10/9/02, p.A1)

2002        Oct 12, Kuwait's interior minister said that 15 Kuwaitis in police custody had confessed to a deadly attack on U.S. Marines, but that no firm link has been established between them and al-Qaida.
    (AP, 10/12/02)

2002        Oct 18, Five trucks carrying looted Kuwaiti archives left the Iraqi capital, bound for Kuwait.
    (AP, 10/18/02)

2002        Nov 2, Kuwait closed the office of Al-Jazeera, the Arab world's most popular satellite TV network, claiming it was "not objective."
    (AP, 11/3/02)

2002        Dec 21, French television journalist, Patrick Bourrat, was struck while crossing the path of an incoming tank during US military exercises in Kuwait. Bourrat died the next day.
    (AP, 12/22/02)

2003        Jan 21, In Kuwait American contract worker Michael Rene Pouliat (46) was killed by gunman in an ambush near Camp Doha. Another worker was wounded. Saudi border guards arrested a Kuwaiti suspect the next day.
    (SFC, 1/23/03, p.A11)

2003        Jan 23, The government of Kuwait said a Kuwaiti had confessed to the Jan. 21 shootings of two U.S. defense workers in Kuwait.
    (AP, 1/24/04)

2003          Feb 25, A US Army Black Hawk helicopter on night training crashed in the Kuwaiti desert, killing all four crew members.
    (AP, 2/25/03)

2003        Mar 21, A CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter crashed in Kuwait and killed 12 British and 4 US soldiers. US Marines captured the strategic port in the southern Iraqi city of Umm Qasr.
    (AP, 3/21/03)

2003        Mar 22, Sgt. Hasan Akbar, a US soldier, threw grenades into 3 tents at Camp Pennsylvania, a 101st Airborne command center in Kuwait, killing one fellow serviceman and wounding 13. In 2005 Akbar was convicted of premeditated and attempted murder. On April 28, 2005, Akbar was sentenced to death.
    (AP, 3/23/03)(SFC, 4/22/05, p.A13)(SFC, 4/29/05, p.A10)

2003        Mar 29, A low-flying Iraqi missile avoided the detection of US defense systems and landed just off the coast of Kuwait City, shattering windows at the seaside Souq Sharq shopping mall.
    (AP, 3/29/03)(SFC, 3/29/03, p.W5)

2003        Jul 5, In Kuwait Islamists and supporters of the royal-led Cabinet kept their grip the all-male parliament in elections, while liberals urging voting rights for women suffered major losses.
    (AP, 7/6/03)

2003        Jul 13, Kuwait's emir, Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah (76), appointed his brother as prime minister, separating the post from the crown prince for the first time in a move seen as a step toward political reform.
    (AP, 7/13/03)

2003        Nov 30, A bus carrying Kuwaitis returning from the funeral of a Shiite Muslim religious leader overturned in southern Iraq, killing at least 15 people.
    (AP, 11/30/03)

2004        Dec 12, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas apologized to Kuwaitis for the Palestinian support of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990.
    (AP, 12/12/05)

2005        Jan 10, In Kuwait a shootout killed two policeman and a suspect they were chasing in a suburb of the capital.
    (AP, 1/10/05)

2005        Jan 15, Police and militants fought a gun battle in a small Kuwaiti town near a US military logistics center, leaving one Saudi gunman dead and two policemen wounded.
    (AP, 1/15/05)

2005        Jan 16, The first Kuwaiti released from Guantanamo Bay was taken into government custody after he arrived home.
    (AP, 1/16/05)

2005        Jan 30, Kuwaiti security forces stormed a building in a residential part of the capital and exchanged gunfire with suspected terrorists, killing one suspect in a battle that also left a security officer and a bystander dead.
    (AP, 1/30/05)

2005        Jan 31, Kuwaiti police stormed several suspected terror hideouts, arresting a reputed terror leader and sparking a gunbattle that killed five people, including four of his followers.
    (AP, 1/31/05)

2005        Feb 5, Kuwaiti police and troops in armored personnel carriers used explosives to blast their way into a concrete block home in Sulaibiyah capturing 5 suspected terrorists.
    (AP, 2/5/05)

2005        Feb 8, In Kuwait Amer Khlaif al-Enezi, the alleged ringleader of a terror group accused of plotting to attack Americans and Kuwaiti security forces, died of heart failure while in prison.
    (AP, 2/9/05)

2005        Mar 10, The UN panel overseeing compensation for victims of Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait approved new awards worth $265 million, mostly to families of people who died in Iraqi detention.
    (AP, 3/11/05)

2005        Mar, Kuwait based MTC agreed to pay nearly $3.4 billion for Amsterdam-based Celtel Int’l., founded by Mo Ibrahim, who stood to make $700 million by selling his one-fifth stake. Celtel had 5 million customers spread across 13 African countries.
    (Econ, 4/2/05, p.58)

2005        Apr 19, In Kuwait lawmakers agreed to permit women to vote and run in local council elections, although the measure requires more legislative action before it becomes law.
    (AP, 4/19/05)

2005        May 2, In Kuwait a push to allow women to participate in local elections stalled when Islamist and conservative lawmakers abstained en masse from a key vote in parliament, leaving the measure undefeated but short of the number of votes needed for passage.
    (AP, 5/2/05)

2005        May 3, Kuwait’s Parliament created a constitutional roadblock that effectively kept women out of this year’s race for municipal council seats.
    (SFC, 5/4/05, p.A3)

2005        May 16, The Kuwait Parliament extended political rights to women, but religious fundamentalists who opposed women's suffrage succeeded in attaching a clause requiring future female politicians and voters to abide by Islamic law.
    (AP, 5/16/05)

2005        Jun 5, Kuwait named two women to public office for the first time, less than a month after parliament passed a historic law granting women the right to vote and run for office.
    (AP, 6/5/05)

2005        Jun 12, Kuwait state TV reported that the Kuwaiti government has appointed its first female Cabinet minister, a month after lawmakers in this oil-rich nation granted women the right to vote and run for office. Massouma al-Mubarak (54), a women's rights activist and columnist, was given the planning and administrative development portfolios.
    (AP, 6/12/05)

2005        Jun 20, Massouma al-Mubarak, Kuwait's first female Cabinet member, took the oath of office over the shouts of Muslim fundamentalist and tribal lawmakers opposed to women in politics.
    (AP, 6/20/06)

2005        Jun 30, The UN panel overseeing compensation for victims of Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait approved its final claims, bringing the total award to $52.5 billion.
    (AP, 6/30/05)

2005        Sep 4, The oil-rich Persian Gulf state of Kuwait said it will donate $500 million in aid to U.S. relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
    (AP, 9/4/05)

2005        Nov 10, A senior official said Kuwait has detected two cases of bird flu in birds but it was not clear if the virus strain was the deadly version that has devastated poultry in Asia.
    (AP, 11/10/05)

2005        Nov 11, In Kuwait an agricultural official said the deadly strain of bird flu has been detected in a flamingo, the first known outbreak of the virus in the Gulf region.
    (AP, 11/11/05)

2005        Nov 18, In Kuwait a bus carrying US troops overturned, killing one American soldier and injuring 19 others.
    (AP, 11/18/05)

2005        Dec 27, In Kuwait 6 men were convicted and sentenced to death on charges they belonged to a terrorist group that planned to attack US troops in Kuwait. They were among 37 Kuwaitis and other nationals accused of joining the Lions of the Peninsula, a group the prosecution claims was planning attacks. The defendants were captured after clashing with Kuwaiti police in January 2005.
    (AP, 12/27/05)(AP, 3/9/06)

2005        Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, a Columbia-educated Kuwaiti psychologist, began creating a comic book series called The 99. It was designed to give Muslim kids superheroes they could identify with as opposed to western icons.
    (SFC, 10/13/11, p.E1)(www.emel.com/article?id=90&a_id=2351)

2006        Jan 15, Crown prince Sheik Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, in his mid-70s and ailing himself, assumed the throne of Kuwait following the death of emir Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah.
    (AP, 1/15/06)

2006        Jan 20, Kuwait’s PM Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah agreed to take charge of Kuwait due to the poor health of the new emir. The move was perceived as a first step toward his eventually taking over the top office.
    (AP, 1/20/06)

2006        Jan 24, Kuwait’s Parliament voted unanimously to oust the ailing emir, ending a nine-day leadership crisis by temporarily handing power to the Cabinet headed by PM Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah.
    (AP, 1/24/06)

2006        Jan 29, Sheik Sabah IV Al Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah was sworn in as the new emir of Kuwait.
    (AP, 1/29/06)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabah_Al-Ahmad_Al-Jaber_Al-Sabah)

2006        Feb 7, Kuwait's new Emir Sheik Sabah Al Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah (76) turned to his brother, Sheik Nawwaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah (68), as the new crown prince and successor to the throne. Sheik Nasser Al Mohammed Al Sabah (65) was appointed PM and directed to form a new government.
    (AP, 2/7/06)

2006        Mar 8, In Kuwait Mishaal al-Shimmiri, a Muslim fundamentalist convicted in absentia and sentenced to 10 years in prison for belonging to a terrorist group, turned himself in to an appeals court hearing a case that stemmed from clashes with police in Jan 2005.
    (AP, 3/9/06)

2006        Mar 8, In Kuwait Mishaal al-Shimmiri, a Muslim fundamentalist convicted in absentia and sentenced to 10 years in prison for belonging to a terrorist group, turned himself in to an appeals court hearing a case that stemmed from clashes with police in Jan 2005.
    (AP, 3/9/06)

2006        Mar, Persian Gulf stock markets suffered their 1st serious correction after years of 6-7% annual gains. Stock market reversals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAR, along with Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia triggered outrage among local small investors.
    (WSJ, 3/27/06, p.C1)

2006        Apr 4, Kuwaiti women voted and ran as candidates for the first time in a municipal election in the conservative country's capital, but initial reports indicated not many women were casting ballots.
    (AP, 4/4/06)

2006        Apr 27, The UN panel overseeing compensation for victims of Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait said the UN has paid out a $248 million installment to cover claims for losses and damages.
    (AP, 4/27/06)

2006        May 21, Kuwait's ruler dissolved parliament and called early elections amid a dispute between the government and lawmakers over electoral reform.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 21, A Kuwait criminal court acquitted five former Guantanamo detainees of charges that they collected money for Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network. Abdullah Salih al-Ajmi (29), released from Guantanamo in 2005, took part in a suicide bomb attack in Mosul in April, 2008.
    (AP, 5/21/06)(SFC, 5/8/08, p.A8)

2006        Jun 29, Women in Kuwait voted in parliamentary elections for the first time, a vote that also inspired surprisingly vocal calls for reform and criticism of the ruling family. The elections were a victory for political reformists but a disappointment for female candidates, none of whom won a seat. The opposition won a big majority.
    (AP, 6/29/06)(AP, 6/30/06)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.40)

2006        Jul 31, Every Kuwaiti citizen will get a $694 gift from the government after parliament unanimously backed the one-time payout. 2 million foreign workers, who make up the rest of Kuwait's population of 3 million, do not get the payment.
    (AP, 7/31/06)

2006        Sep 4, Lt. Col. Marshall Gutierrez (41), whistleblower on food overcharging for the Iraq war, was found dead in his quarters in Kuwait. A Kuwaiti contractor had accused Gutierrez of seeking bribes.
    (WSJ, 10/20/07, p.A1)

2006        Oct 31, In Kuwait an Iraqi government spokesman said Iraq needs around $100 billion in the next four to five years to recover and rebuild its infrastructure at the opening of an international aid meeting.
    (AP, 110/31/06)

2006        Dec 5, Kuwait's highest court overturned the conviction of Nasser Najr al-Mutairi, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was returned to the emirate in 2005.
    (AFP, 12/5/06)

2006        Dec 10, The oil-rich Arab states on the Persian Gulf said that they will consider starting a joint nuclear program for peaceful purposes. The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council included Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
    (AP, 12/10/06)

2007        Jan 14, A court convicted Sheik Talal Nasser Al Sabah, a member of Kuwait's ruling family, for drug trafficking and condemned him to death.
    (AP, 1/15/07)

2007        Mar 3, In Kuwait a criminal court acquitted two former Guantanamo Bay prisoners of joining al-Qaida or the Taliban.
    (AP, 3/3/07)

2007        Mar 4, Officials said Kuwait's Cabinet has resigned in a widely expected move that pre-empts a vote of no-confidence in the health minister, who is a member of the ruling family. Kuwaiti governments have previously pre-empted votes of no-confidence by resigning and Cabinet reshuffles. Such moves have even led to dissolving parliament.
    (AP, 3/4/07)

2007        Mar 12, In Kuwait a US military contractor was killed and three others injured in an accident that may have involved unexploded ordnance at the largest American military base.
    (AP, 3/12/07)

2007        Apr 4, In Kuwait a medical source said preliminary tests for bird flu were positive on four Bangladeshi workers who had been culling infected chickens.
    (AP, 4/4/07)

2007        May 20, Kuwait broke ranks with the US dollar and decided to track a basket of currencies. It was estimated that the dollar still accounted for 70% of the basket.
    (Econ, 11/24/07, p.75)(http://tinyurl.com/2wojz3)

2007        May 27, Kuwait's government announced that it is moving the country's weekend to Friday and Saturday instead of Thursday and Friday effective Sep 1.
    (AP, 5/28/07)

2007        Jun 7, It was reported that US prosecutors have opened an inquiry into allegations that a Kuwaiti contractor used foreign workers against their will in building the US Embassy in Baghdad.
    (WSJ, 6/7/07, p.A1)

2007        Oct 4, It was reported that in Kuwait the nomadic Bedouin, Arabic for "without," numbered about 100,000 people and have been refused what they feel is their birthright: citizenship.
    (AP, 10/4/07)

2007        Nov 18, In Kuwait a US soldier was killed and another was seriously injured in a road accident.
    (AP, 11/18/07)

2007        Dec 17, It was reported that the US was investigation allegations that Public Warehousing Co. owned by Kuwait’s Sultan Al-Essa family, had solicited as much as $80 million in kickbacks under cover as discounts from US suppliers.
    (WSJ, 12/17/07, p.A1)

2008        Jan 4, The Zambian government awarded a 1.2 billion dollar crude oil deal to a Kuwait firm to supply over 1.4 million tons of oil to the southern African nation.
    (AP, 1/5/08)

2008        Jan 11, President Bush had tears in his eyes during an hour-long tour of Israel's Holocaust memorial and told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the US should have bombed Auschwitz to halt the killing. Bush wrapped up his 3-day visit to Israel and departed for Kuwait, where he sought Arab support for the US-backed Mideast peace deal.
    (AP, 1/11/08)

2008        Jan 16, The UN Security Council imposed sanctions on three Kuwaitis who allegedly help finance al-Qaida operations and recruit fighters for the terrorist network. The three men, Hamid Al-Ali, Jaber Al-Jalamah and Mubarak Mushakhas Sanad Al-Bathali, will be added to a list of some 480 individuals and businesses with purported links to al-Qaida and the Taliban.
    (AP, 1/16/08)

2008        Jan 31, US Army Maj. John Cockerham and his wife pleaded guilty to bribery, conspiracy and money laundering committed while he was a contracting officer in Kuwait (2004-2006, during which time he made over $9 million. Maj. James Momon Jr., his successor, later pleaded guilty to pocketing over $1 million. Cockerham and his wife were initially indicted on Aug 22, 2007.
    (SSFC, 10/26/08, Par p.6)(www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/f225400/225441.htm)

2008        Mar 19, Kuwait’s ruled dissolved Parliament and set elections for May 17 after a political standoff delayed reforms.
    (WSJ, 3/20/08, p.A1)

2008        Apr 22, Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki, at a meeting in Kuwait, urged neighboring countries to help dry up "the springs of terrorism" by preventing militants from obtaining weapons and financing from abroad.
    (AP, 4/22/08)

2008        May 13, In Kuwait Sheik Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah (b.1930), who ruled here for just nine days in 2006 before being removed for ill health, died.
    (AP, 5/13/08)

2008        May 17, Voters in Kuwait lined up to vote in parliamentary elections that could substantially change the legislative body of this tiny, oil-rich Gulf emirate following electoral reforms to reduce corruption and vote buying.
    (AP, 5/17/08)

2008        May 18, Kuwait's parliamentary elections showed strong gains for Muslim hardliners. Women candidates failed to win a single seat.
    (AP, 5/18/08)

2008        Jun 1, In Kuwait Muslim hard-liners walked out of the inaugural meeting of parliament to protest 2 female Cabinet ministers who were not wearing head scarves.
    (SFC, 6/2/08, p.A3)

2008        Jul 17, Kuwait's official news agency says the tiny Gulf country has named an ambassador to Iraq for the first time since the 1991 Gulf War.
    (AP, 7/17/08)

2008        Jul 20, Barack Obama made a brief stop in Kuwait, a key US ally. The delegation met with the emir, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, and other senior officials.
    (AP, 7/21/08)

2008        Aug, Cambodia leased agricultural land to Kuwaiti investors following mutual prime ministerial visits.
    (Econ, 5/23/09, p.62)

2008        Oct 26, Kuwait's Central Bank stepped to prop up one of the country's biggest banks and said it was considering guaranteeing deposits in domestic banks, in one of the first concrete signs that the global financial crisis may next hit the oil-rich Gulf.
    (AP, 10/26/08)

2008        Oct 29, The UN panel overseeing compensation for victims of Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait said it has paid a $888.6 million (709.4 million euros) installment from Iraqi oil funds to cover losses and damages suffered by governments and private companies.
    (AP, 10/29/08)

2008        Dec 28, Kuwait decided to scrap a deal to form a $17.4 billion petrochemical joint venture with US company Dow Chemical.
    (Reuters, 12/29/08)

2009        Jan 8, Kuwait’s top investment bank, Global Investment House, said it had defaulted on most of its $3 billion in debt, raising concerns that other Arab Gulf financial firms may follow as the global financial crises spreads through the region.
    (WSJ, 1/9/09, p.C2)

2009        Jan 19, The Arab League’s 22 leaders met in Kuwait City for a 2-day session on infrastructure projects and ways to deal with the global financial crises.
    (SFC, 1/19/09, p.D1)

2009        Jan 20, In Kuwait the deeply divided Arab League failed to come up with a plan to reconstruct the devastated Gaza Strip and could not agree on whether to back Egyptian peace efforts to end the crisis.
    (AP, 1/20/09)

2009        Jan 30, Kuwait’s National Assembly passed a law banning women from working between 8 pm and 7 am except in hospitals. Legislation also limited the workweek to 48 hours and required accommodation for expatriate workers. New penalties for begging carried a 6-month sentence and a fine of 500 Kuwaiti dinars followed by deportation.
    (SSFC, 2/1/09, p.A4)

2009        Feb 8, Kuwait's Central Bank governor unveiled a $5.15 billion economic stimulus package aimed at helping struggling investment companies and offering bank loan guarantees.
    (AP, 2/8/09)

2009        Mar 18, Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah, dissolved the 50-member parliament, to avert parliamentary questioning of his nephew, the prime minister. He called for new elections within two months, saying some lawmakers had abused democracy and become a threat to stability.
    (AP, 3/18/09)(WSJ, 4/9/09, p.A1)

2009        May 16, Kuwaitis voted in the second parliamentary election in a year. 210 candidates for the 50-seat parliament included 16 women. Kuwaiti women won political rights in 2005, and practiced them for the third time. Kuwait’s population of about 3.4 million people included 2.3 million foreign workers. Kuwaitis elected 4 women and rejected a number of Islamic fundamentalist candidates. 21 incumbents lost their seats.
    (AP, 5/16/09)(AP, 5/17/09)(Econ, 5/23/09, p.50)

2009        Jun 7, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement paving the way for a monetary union and plans for a unified regional currency.
    (SFC, 6/8/09, p.C1)

2009        Jul 26, Hazem al-Braikan (36), a Kuwaiti businessman linked to Citigroup and charged in the United States with fraud, was found dead in his bed  in Kuwait City with a gunshot wound to the head and a handgun at his side. The US SEC charged al-Braikan last week with scheming to make millions by manipulating the stock of certain US companies.
    (AP, 7/26/09)

2009        Aug 11, Kuwaiti authorities announced they have arrested an al-Qaida-linked group that was planning to attack Camp Arifjan, a key US military base in Kuwait. 5 of the suspects are cousins who were convicted for involvement in the 2002 attack on a group of US Marines training on the Kuwaiti island of Failaka, where one Marine was killed and another wounded.
    (AP, 8/11/09)(AP, 8/13/09)

2009        Aug 15, In Kuwait a fire at a wedding tent killed 57 women and children as it consumed the structure in a blazing inferno lasting just three minutes. The bridegroom’s ex-wife was later found to be the arsonist. In 2010 a Kuwaiti appeals court confirmed a death sentence against Nasra Yussef Mohammed al-Enezi (23). She had been convicted in March of setting fire to the wedding tent as her husband took a second wife.
    (AP, 8/16/09)(AP, 8/18/09)(SFC, 8/18/09, p.A4)(AFP, 5/26/10)

2009        Oct 20, Kuwait's highest court granted women the right to obtain a passport without their husband's approval, in the latest stride for women's rights in this small oil-rich emirate. The landmark decision "freed" Kuwaiti women from the 1962 law requiring their husband's signature to obtain a passport.
    (AP, 10/21/09)

2009        Oct 28, Kuwait's highest court ruled that women lawmakers are not obliged by law to wear the headscarf, a blow to Muslim fundamentalists who want to fully impose Islamic Sharia law in this small oil-rich state.
    (AP, 10/28/09)

2009        Oct 29, In Kuwait an American soldier was killed in an accident.
    (AP, 10/29/09)

2009        Nov 16, US federal prosecutors said the Kuwait logistics firm, Public Warehousing co., had inflated prices and defrauded the US government under its multi-billion dollar contract to feed American troops. The contract was set to expire in December 2010.
    (SFC, 11/17/09, p.D2)

2009        Dec 14, Gulf leaders arrived in Kuwait for a two-day annual summit with the global recession's impact on their economies, fighting in Yemen and Iran's nuclear drive high on the agenda.
    (AP, 12/14/09)

2009        Dec 15, In Kuwait Gulf Arab nations put into force a monetary pact, moving a step closer toward the elusive goal of a single regional currency and greater integration between the mainly oil-rich states. The announcement was made by Kuwait's finance minister came as leaders from the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council nations were wrapping up a two-day summit in which they launched a regional electricity project. The GCC groups Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain.
    (AP, 12/15/09)

2010        Feb 14, Kuwait's state news agency said the Kuwaiti telecom group Zain has agreed to offload its African assets to India's Bharti Airtel, in a deal valued at $10.7 billion. The next day Bharti confirmed the deal.
    (Reuters, 2/14/10)(Econ, 2/20/10, p.61)

2010        Apr 10, Kuwait deported back to Egypt at least 21 supporters of leading pro-reform Egyptian activist and former UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei, a day after arresting them. Some 20 more Egyptians were still being detained in Kuwait.
    (AFP, 4/10/10)(AP, 4/11/10)

2010        Apr 25, Kifah Hassan, chief executive of Iraqi Airways, had his passport seized and the plane he arrived on was impounded at Gatwick Airport in a long-running legal dispute with Kuwait Airways. The dispute dated back to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait  in 1990, when, according to the oil-rich emirate, 10 of its planes and aircraft parts were plundered after its airport was seized.
    (AFP, 4/30/10)

2010        May 1, Kuwaiti media reported that seven people were arrested in a sweep of a suspected spy cell.
    (AP, 5/6/10)

2010        May 3, Kuwait said that several suspects are being questioned in connection with a busted spy cell which a local newspaper said had been working for Iran.
    (AFP, 5/3/10)

2010        May 5, Kuwaiti and Saudi officials said an Iranian espionage group has been dismantled in Kuwait.  The cell was reportedly acting on behalf of Iran's Revolutionary Guard.
    (AP, 5/6/10)

2010        May 10, In Kuwait a criminal court acquitted eight Kuwaitis allegedly linked to Al-Qaeda of plotting to attack a key US military base in the emirate.
    (AFP, 5/10/10)

2010        May 11, In Kuwait writer Mohammad Abdulqader al-Jassem (54) was detained on charges of instigating to overthrow the regime. The next day he began a hunger strike to protest the accusations. On Dec 15 Kuwait's appeals court reduced to three months a one-year jail term given to a al-Jassem for allegedly slandering the prime minister.
    (AP, 5/19/10)(http://tinyurl.com/26zlwm3)(AP, 12/15/10)

2010        May 26, Iraq's government dissolved state-owned Iraqi Airways over a decades-old financial dispute dating back to Saddam Hussein's invasion of his oil-rich neighbor Kuwait. A lawyer for Kuwait Airways called the Iraqi government's strategy a "cynical tactic" and said it will not end the dispute because Kuwait will still hold the government accountable for the debt.
    (AP, 5/26/10)

2010        Jul 29, The UN released $650 million in Iraqi compensation to Kuwait, the latest payment of a war reparation scheme that began in 1994. The payment brings the total sum of compensation paid to Kuwait to $30.15 billion. A further $22.3 billion is due to Kuwait.
    (AFP, 7/29/10)

2010        Sep 20, Kuwait revoked the citizenship of cleric Yasser al-Habib, a hard-line Shiite scholar, accusing him of trying to stir up discord among Muslims by describing the Prophet Muhammad's wife, Aisha, as an "enemy of God."
    (AP, 9/20/10)

2010        Sep 24, In Kuwait US Army Spc. Marc C. Whisenant (23) of Holly Hill, Fla., died in a military vehicle roll-over.
    (AP, 9/28/10)

2010        Oct 11, The emir of Kuwait arrived in Algeria for a two-day visit on the latest step of a north African tour.
    (AFP, 10/12/10)

2010        Oct 13, Kuwait gave 28 million euros to Mauritania during Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah's whistle-stop visit to the poor northwest African nation.
    (AFP, 10/13/10)

2010        Oct 17, In Kuwait some 100 people stormed the offices of privately owned Scope TV’s studios and destroyed its equipment after the channel aired shows critical of the ruling Al Sabah family.
    (SFC, 10/19/10, p.A2)

2010        Oct 28, Kuwait's court of appeals upheld the acquittal of eight nationals, two of them tried in absentia, of charges of forming an Al-Qaeda cell and plotting attacks against a US military base. Five of the men were arrested in August last year while a sixth suspect was already serving a life sentence for a 2002 attack on the US military in Kuwait that killed an American soldier. The accused said that purported confessions presented to the court had been extracted under torture.
    (AFP, 10/28/10)

2010        Dec 1, Kuwait began hosting a two-day conference to try to attract aid and investment to resource-rich but neglected east Sudan.
    (AFP, 11/30/10)

2010        Dec 2, In Kuwait City a two-day conference on east Sudan ended. Donors and investors pledged 3.55 billion dollars for the development of resource-rich but neglected area.
    (AFP, 12/2/10)

2010        Dec 7, Leaders of six US-allied Gulf Arab nations, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said they were monitoring with "utmost concern" developments in Iran's disputed nuclear program and issued a thinly veiled warning to their Persian neighbor not to meddle in their internal affairs. The 2-day gathering of leaders from the Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman followed the publication of leaked US diplomatic memos that revealed deeper concern among Gulf Arab leaders over Tehran's nuclear program than had previously been known.
    (AP, 12/7/10)

2011        Jan 12, Kuwait's PM Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah received a red carpet welcome on his first visit since Iraq's 1990 invasion of its oil-rich neighbor. Both sides pledged to redouble efforts to resolve issues from that conflict.
    (AFP, 1/12/11)

2011        Jan 17, Kuwait’s state news reported that ruling Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah is marking several key anniversaries by handing out $3559 grants and free food coupons for every citizen.
    (SFC, 1/18/11, p.A2)

2011        Jan 26, Iraq and Kuwait pledged to work toward resolving border disputes and debt issues as the two former enemies seek to repair relations damaged by Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of the oil-rich emirate.
    (AP, 1/26/11)

2011        Feb 6, Kuwait's embattled interior minister stepped down amid rising political tensions that include calls for the first major Gulf street protests inspired by uprisings in Egypt and elsewhere.
    (AP, 2/6/11)

2011        Mar 8, In Kuwait police barricaded the main Safat Square in Kuwait City before planned protests for greater political freedoms that could bring another Gulf state into the surge for reforms around the Arab world.
    (AP, 3/8/11)

2011        Mar 27, Bahrain's largest Shi'ite opposition group Wefaq accepted Kuwait as a mediator with Bahrain's government to end a political crisis gripping the tiny kingdom.
    (Reuters, 3/27/11)

2011        Mar 28, Bahrain's foreign minister said it was "completely untrue" that Kuwait would mediate to resolve the country's political crisis, a reaction leading opposition group Wefaq said augured badly for any resolution.
    (Reuters, 3/28/11)

2011        Mar 29, A Kuwaiti court condemned to death 3 members of a suspected spy ring. The two Iranians and a Kuwaiti national were all serving in Kuwait's army when they arrested in May 2010. Three Iranian diplomats involved in the spy cell could not b prosecuted because of their diplomatic immunity.
    (AFP, 3/31/11)

2011        Mar 31, Kuwait's Cabinet resigned over regional turmoil. The resignation appeared to be an attempt by three Cabinet ministers, members of the ruling Al Sabah family, to avoid being questioned over why Kuwait did not contribute troops to the Saudi-led Gulf force that was sent to Bahrain. Kuwait announced it is to expel a number of Iranian diplomats for alleged spying.
    (AP, 3/31/11)(AFP, 3/31/11)

2011        Apr 24, Kuwait announced a pledge of "urgent humanitarian aid" to Libyan civilians, through the Transitional National Council of Libya. The pledge was later said to be $180 million.
    (AFP, 5/7/11)

2011        May 10, The Gulf Co-operation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE) said it welcomed Jordan’s request to join the 6-member group. Jordan had first applied for membership in the mid-1980s. The GCC said it would encourage Morocco to also join.
    (Econ, 5/21/11, p.54)(http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=13586238)

2011        Jun 29, Kuwait's parliament passed a deficit budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year projecting the highest spending in the OPEC member's history. The price for oil needed to balance the budget was $85-90 a barrel.
    (AP, 6/29/11)

2011        Aug 3, In Kuwait a 24-year-old Filipina domestic worker, reportedly blinded by her employer, sought refuge at the Philippines Embassy after escaping from her employer last month.
    (SSFC, 8/7/11, p.A4)

2011        Aug 9, More than 2,000 Kuwaitis rallied outside the Syrian embassy in the Gulf state demanding the expulsion of the Syrian envoy and the "freezing" of relations with Damascus.
    (AFP, 8/10/11)

2011        Sep 11, Kuwaiti youth activists called for major reforms to turn the oil-rich emirate into a constitutional monarchy, including the appointment of a premier from outside the Al-Sabah ruling family.
    (AFP, 9/11/11)

2011        Sep 26, Kuwaiti telecoms giant Zain, currently negotiating to sell its operations in Saudi Arabia, said it will challenge a court ruling that annulled the election of its board of directors, adding that the verdict will have no impact on its operations. A lower court a day earlier scrapped an April election for Zain's board, saying it was legally flawed.
    (AFP, 9/26/11)

2011        Sep 29, Kuwait local media said the public prosecutor has expanded an unprecedented probe into the bank accounts of several MPs suspected of receiving illegal deposits. The public prosecutor launched the probe two weeks ago after two banks reported large suspicious amounts being deposited into the bank accounts of a number of MPs. The opposition suggested the money was related to government efforts to buy the loyalty of MPs.
    (AFP, 9/29/11)

2011        Oct 10, Kuwaiti exports and imports were disrupted as over 3,000 customs officers went on strike demanding better pay and threatening to halt oil exports.
    (AFP, 10/10/11)

2011        Oct 11, Kosovo's foreign minister said Kuwait has recognized Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia.
    (AP, 10/11/11)

2011        Oct 18, Kuwait’s foreign minister resigned amid allegations of high-level corruption.
    (AP, 10/18/11)

2011        Oct, Kuwait’s opposition MP Mussallam al-Barrak charged that Sheikh Nasser, a senior member of the ruling family, transferred around $200 million of public funds into his overseas accounts through the central bank and the foreign ministry.
    (AFP, 2/28/12)

2011        Nov 13, Kuwait said it has boosted its oil output to above three million barrels per day. The oil minister warned that any cut in crude production would send world prices soaring.
    (AFP, 11/13/11)

2011        Nov 14, Kuwait-based leasing company ALAFCO signed an agreement with Airbus to buy 50 A320neo aircraft, valued at $4.6 billion at list price, the two sides announced at Dubai Airshow.
    (AFP, 11/14/11)

2011        Nov 16, In Kuwait opposition activists stormed the parliament building as opposition lawmakers called for the prime minister to be questioned over accusations that officials transferred state funds to bank accounts outside the country. On Nov 24 twenty opposition activists were arrested for the melee.
    (SSFC, 11/27/11, p.A10)

2011        Nov 28, Kuwait’s government resigned following a bitter dispute with opposition MPs. The move came ahead of a planned mass rally later today by the opposition to press demands for the ouster of PM Sheikh Nasser al-Sabah. Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah accepted the resignation but asked the Cabinet to remain in a caretaker role.
    (AP, 11/28/11)(Econ, 12/3/11, p.61)

2011        Dec 6, Kuwait's ruler, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, dissolved parliament and set the Gulf nation toward elections, citing "deteriorating conditions" amid an increasingly bitter political showdown over alleged high-level corruption.
    (AP, 12/6/11)

2011        Dec 16, Kuwaiti riot police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of stateless protesters, known as bidoon, who were demanding citizenship and other basic rights. Under Kuwaiti law, only citizens have the right to hold public gatherings.
    (AFP, 12/16/11)(AP, 12/18/11)

2011        Dec 27, Kuwait's public prosecutor released 32 stateless people on bail after holding them for nine days for taking part in a protest to demand citizenship.
    (AFP, 12/27/11)

2012        Jan 8, Kuwait’s interior minister said in remarks published that Kuwait will start granting citizenship to some stateless people by early February.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)

2012        Jan 13, In Kuwait riot police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters, mostly descendants of desert nomads who are considered stateless and claim the Gulf nation is depriving them of citizenship and rights.
    (AP, 1/13/12)

2012        Jan 21, In Kuwait Sheik Saud Al Nasser Al Sabah (68) died. He served as Kuwait's ambassador to the US during Iraq's 1990 invasion of the oil-rich country and the American-led war to oust Saddam Hussein's forces.
    (AP, 1/22/12)

2012        Feb 2, Kuwait held parliamentary elections. Opposition groups that included hard-line Islamists took control of parliament, in a rise that could limit the hands of pro-Western rulers in dealings such as US plans to boost its military presence in the oil-rich Gulf nation. The conservative surge left the 50-seat assembly without any women lawmakers. Women had four seats in the parliament that was dissolved in December.
    (AP, 2/3/12)

2012        Feb 5, Kuwait News said the Gulf nation's emir accepted the resignation of Sheik Jaber Al Hamad Al Sabah, a former defense chief who was appointed caretaker prime minister in November amid intense political turmoil that forced elections.
    (AP, 2/5/12)

2012        Feb 14, Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah named a new cabinet with 10 new faces, including the oil and defense ministers, and no women, despite objections from the opposition.
    (AFP, 2/14/12)

2012        Feb 29, In Kuwait around 30 opposition MPs filed a request to form a parliamentary panel to investigate the allegations with powers to interrogate the finance minister, as well the former premier and central bank governor. The government used its constitutional right to demand delaying the formation of the panel for two weeks, saying it wanted to study the request.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)

2012        Mar 1, The opposition Syrian National Council said it wanted to organize weapons deliveries to Syrian rebels and was uniting armed factions fighting against President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Kuwait's parliament joined the call for arming the rebels, adopting a non-binding resolution urging the oil-rich Gulf state to supply weapons to the opposition and to sever diplomatic ties with Damascus.
    (AFP, 3/1/12)

2012        Apr 4, Iraq approved a request from Kuwait's Jazeera Airways to operate services to Baghdad and Najaf, more than 20 years after direct flights between the neighbors were halted.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)

2012        Apr 17, Hundreds of Kuwaiti firemen fought to contain a massive fire in a dump for used tires, with some members of parliament calling the blaze an environmental catastrophe.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)

2012        May 14, In Kuwait an appeals court upheld a 10-year sentence for tweeter Lawrence al-Rasheedi, who was found guilty of insulting Emir Al Sabah and calling for his overthrow.
    (SSFC, 5/20/12, p.A4)

2012        May 30, Iraq kicked off a two-day auction of a dozen energy exploration blocks, but hopes that the sale would up reserves and boost its role as a key producer were dampened when just one deal was agreed with a consortium led by a Kuwaiti energy company.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)(AP, 5/30/12)

2012        Jun 20, Kuwait's constitutional court declared February's legislative polls, in which the opposition swept to victory, illegal and reinstated the previous pro-government parliament.
    (AFP, 6/20/12)

2012        Jun 26, Thousands of Kuwaitis rallied against a court ruling scrapping legislative polls as the opposition called for a constitutional monarchy and a full parliamentary system.
    (AFP, 6/27/12) 

2012        Jul 5, Kuwait's ruler, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, reappointed PM Sheik Jaber Al Hamad Al Sabah following his resignation earlier this week, setting the stage for the formation of a new government.
    (AFP, 7/5/12)

2012        Jul 8, Kuwait's Zain telecom said its Iraqi unit has been fined $12,877 a day since September 1 for failing to list on the Iraqi bourse but will seek to have the penalty that has reached $4 million scrapped.
    (AFP, 7/8/12)

2012        Jul 16, Iraq signed an initial deal with a Kuwait-led consortium made up of Kuwait Energy, Dubai-based Dragon Oil and Turkey's TPAO. A contract was awarded to a Russia-led group to drill for energy, part of Baghdad's efforts to strengthen its role as a major producer.
    (AFP, 7/16/12)

2012        Jul 25, The Pentagon said it planned to sell 60 Patriot missiles to Kuwait in a deal worth an estimated $4.2 billion, as the emirate tries to bolster its defenses against the threat from Iran.
    (AFP, 7/25/12)

2012        Aug 25, In eastern Lebanon armed men kidnapped a Kuwaiti. An official said there had been a number of kidnappings for ransom which are unrelated to political tensions.
    (AFP, 8/25/12)

2012        Oct 15, In Kuwait More than 2,000 protesters demanded that Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah set a date for parliamentary elections under voting districts that appear to favor opposition forces, including Islamists.
    (AP, 10/15/12)

2012        Oct 23, Kuwait banned public gatherings of more than 20 people and said police have the power to disperse unauthorized crowds.
    (AP, 10/23/12)

2012        Oct 29, In Kuwait former lawmaker Musallam al-Barrack was arrested on charges of criticizing the Gulf nation's ruler during protests.
    (AP, 10/30/12)

2012        Nov 30, In Kuwait more than 15,000 protesters rallied in the first government-authorized demonstration in Kuwait City since a ban on political gatherings earlier this month. Banners proclaimed a boycott of parliamentary elections due Dec 1.
    (AP, 11/30/12)

2012        Dec 1, Kuwaiti security forces watched over polling stations as parliamentary elections were held, underscoring the deepening divide between the ruling establishment and opposition groups staging a widespread boycott of the voting.
    (AP, 12/1/12)

2012        Dec 2, In Kuwait opposition groups hailed their election boycott as a success after officials said voter turnout a day earlier was sharply lower than during the last parliamentary races earlier this year. The results pointed to a solidly pro-government chamber. Three women were among the new 50-seat parliament.
    (AP, 12/2/12)

2012        Dec 12, Kuwait's ruler named a new Cabinet that makes no major changes in membership and reinstates the finance minister who resigned earlier this year under pressure from opposition lawmakers.
    (AP, 12/12/12)

2012        Dec 16, Kuwaiti security forces blocked hundreds of protesters from staging a rally outside the parliament building as emir Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah denounced anti-government factions for threatening to "tear apart" the nation.
    (AP, 12/16/12)

2012        Dec 19, British oil company BP said it is selling its stake in a South China Sea gas field to Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company for $308 million in cash.
    (AP, 12/19/12)

2013        Jan 7, Kuwait's pro-government Al Watan newspaper reported that Ayyad al-Harbi, a journalist at news website Sabr, was charged with posting Twitter messages considered offensive to the nation's Western-allied emir and that he was sentenced to two years in prison for the posts.
    (AP, 1/7/13)

2013        Jan 30, At a conference in Kuwait Gulf nations answered UN calls to boost humanitarian aid for Syria with $900 million in pledges even as more refugees poured into neighboring Jordan and its leader warned resources were strained to the limit.
    (AP, 1/30/13)

2013        Feb 5, Kuwait said three former opposition lawmakers have been charged with insulting the country's ruler in the latest crackdown on perceived political dissent in the Gulf nation.
    (AP, 2/5/13)

2013        Feb 27, An Iraqi plane landed in Kuwait for the first time since Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of the tiny emirate.
    (AP, 2/27/13)

2013        Mar 7, Kuwait government-affiliated newspapers reported that activists Sager al-Hashash and Naser al-Daihani were sentenced to two years and one year for Twitter posts offensive to the country's ruler.
    (AP, 3/7/13)

2013        Mar 31, In Kuwait  a lower court sentenced online activist Hamed al-Khaledi to two years in jail for insulting the country's emir.
    (AP, 3/31/13)

2013        Apr 15, In Kuwait former parliament member Mussallam al-Barrack was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of insulting the emir during a political rally last year. Last week Kuwait officials began considering a media law that reports say could bring fines of about $1 million for insulting the ruling family.
    (AP, 4/15/13)

2013        Apr 22, In Kuwait Musallam al-Barrack, a former parliament member, was granted bail while he appeals the conviction and a five-year sentence for a speech considered insulting to the Gulf nation's emir.
    (AP, 4/22/13)

2013        Apr 29, A Kuwait appeals court said online activist Sager al-Hashash must serve a jail sentence for Twitter posts deemed offensive to the Gulf nation's ruler, but the prison term was reduced from two years to one.
    (AP, 4/29/13)

2013        Jun 10, Kuwait sentenced Huda al-Ajmi to 11 years in prison after convictions that include her insulting the nation's ruler and encouraging his overthrow.
    (AP, 6/10/13)

2013        Jun 12, Kuwait's PM Sheik Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah arrived in Baghdad on an official visit, signaling the improving ties between the two neighbors.
    (AP, 6/12/13)

2013        Jun 16, Kuwait's constitutional court forced new parliamentary elections, dissolving the current chamber on the basis of flaws in the election law. Kuwait's emir is expected to set a new election day.
    (AP, 6/16/13)

2013        Jul 10, Kuwait promised $4 billion in aid to Egypt.
    (AP, 7/10/13)

2013        Jul 27, Kuwaiti held parliamentary elections, the third parliamentary election in 17 months. Liberals and candidates from some of the more marginalized tribes won seats in a parliament which may prove more cooperative with the ruling family after opposition Islamists and populists boycotted the election.
    (AP, 7/27/13)(Reuters, 7/28/13)

2013        Jul 30, Kuwait's ruler said he was pardoning all the people convicted of insulting him, after a year-long crackdown on politically sensitive comments about Gulf Arab state's leadership.
    (Reuters, 7/30/13)

2013        Aug 4, In Kuwait a new cabinet was sworn in before the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah. It included six members of the royal family and one member of parliament.
    (Reuters, 8/4/13)

2013        Oct 2,  Kuwait riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a march by over 500 demonstrators, mostly descendants of desert nomads, claiming the state has denied them citizenship and access to the nation’s wealth.
    (SFC, 10/3/13, p.A2)

2013        Oct 9, Kuwait newspapers said a court has sentenced an online activist to two years in prison for insulting the Gulf nation's ruler, in the first case since a blanket pardon for similar offenses last summer.
    (AP, 10/9/13)

2013        Nov 3, A Kuwaiti newspaper reported that a Kuwaiti woman was arrested in Saudi Arabia for trying to drive her father to hospital.
    (Reuters, 11/3/13)

2013        Nov 13, Kuwait said it has discovered its first case of the MERS coronavirus for a citizen who is in "critical condition." Later in the day Kuwait reported its 2nd case for a man who just returned from abroad.
    (AFP, 11/13/13)(AFP, 11/14/13)

2013        Nov 17, Arab and African foreign ministers met in Kuwait hoping to accelerate a strategy to bolster economic cooperation, investment and trade ahead of a summit this week. The Third Africa Arab Summit on Nov 19-20 will be the first meeting of its kind since 2010.
    (AFP, 11/17/13)

2013        Nov 18, Twitter users in Kuwait and the UAE received prison terms, in the latest sign of widening crackdowns in the region on social media for posts considered offensive or against state security.
    (AP, 11/18/13)

2013        Nov 20, In Kuwait Arab and African leaders wound up their first summit since the region's uprisings in 2011 by calling for closer economic and security cooperation.
    (AFP, 11/20/13)

2013        Dec 9, A Kuwait court acquitted 70 people, including nine former lawmakers, of storming the parliament in 2011 in an unprecedented protest against the then prime minister, a senior member of the ruling family.
    (Reuters, 12/9/13)

2013        Dec 10, In Kuwait leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) gathered for a 2-day meeting to discuss plans to boost economic integration as well as defence and security coordination.
    (AFP, 12/10/13)

2013        Dec 11, Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab neighbors wrapped up a summit meeting in Kuwait by agreeing to establish a joint military command, paving the way for tighter security coordination.
    (AP, 12/11/13)

2013        Dec 23, Kuwait's Cabinet resigned ahead of a reshuffle and plans by some legislators to submit a number of ministers to parliamentary grilling.
    (AP, 12/23/13)

2014        Jan 15, Donors gathered in Kuwait as the UN sent out a distress signal, warning that nearly half Syria's population needs urgent humanitarian assistance and that some 245,000 Syrians faced severe food shortages. Western and Gulf Arab nations pledged $1.4 billion for UN aid efforts in Syria. This included $500 million from Kuwait and 380 million from the US.
    (AFP, 1/15/14)(Reuters, 1/15/14)

2014        Feb 4, Kuwait said its coastguard has arrested six suspected Iranian drug smugglers and seized their boat when it entered the Gulf state's territorial waters.
    (AFP, 2/4/14)

2014        Feb 19, Kuwait’s loss-making state-owned Kuwait Airways Co signed contracts with Airbus to buy 25 planes, its first order for new aircraft in more than 20 years.
    (AFP, 2/19/14)

2014        Mar 25, The Arab League held a summit in Kuwait. UN peace mediator for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, called for an end the flow of arms to the combatants in the war.
    (Reuters, 3/25/14)

2014        Mar 26, In their “Kuwait Declaration" Arab leaders called for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, overlooking Saudi-backed demands for greater military support for rebel forces to tip the balance in the war. The Arab League also announced their "total rejection of the call to consider Israel a Jewish state," in the final statement.
    (AFP, 3/26/14)

2014        Apr 7, Kuwait agreed to supply Egypt with 85,000 barrels of oil daily and 1.5 million tons of fuel for three years as part of a newly agreed commercial deal. The supplies would be valued at market prices and delivered by the end of 2016.
    (AFP, 4/8/14)

2014        Apr 9, Kuwait said three of its citizens have been kidnapped in Syria and it has asked Turkey for help in trying to secure their release. Kidnappers asked for a ransom of 1 million euros ($1.38 million).
    (Reuters, 4/10/14)

2014        Apr 10, Kuwait imposed a news blackout on an investigation into reports of a recording that implicates unnamed people in an alleged plot to overthrow the Gulf state's ruling system.
    (Reuters, 4/11/14)

2014        Apr 12, Kuwait's opposition called for broad democratic reforms including a Western-style party system to limit the powers of the emirate's ruling family.
    (AFP, 4/12/14)

2014        Apr 24, A UN panel that settles claims for damages resulting from Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait paid out another $990 million. The Geneva-based commission was established by the UN Security Council in 1991 and is funded by a 5 percent tax on the export of Iraqi oil. It makes payments every three months.
    (AP, 4/24/14)

2014        May 12, Nayef al-Ajmi, Kuwait's justice and Islamic affairs minister, said the Gulf state's ruler has accepted his resignation. In March US Treasury Undersecretary David Cohen said al-Ajmi had called for jihad in Syria and promoted the funding of terrorism.
    (Reuters, 5/12/14)

2014        May 19, Kuwait’s Cabinet accepted the resignation of five lawmakers who resigned in protest after the largely pro-government parliament refused to question PM Sheik Jaber Mubarak Al Sabah over corruption allegations.
    (AP, 5/20/14)

2014        May 20, Kuwait set June 26 as the day for by-elections to replace five lawmakers who resigned in protest after the largely pro-government parliament refused to question PM Sheik Jaber Mubarak Al Sabah over corruption allegations.
    (AP, 5/20/14)

2014        Jun 1, Kuwait's emir began a visit to Iran, the first by a ruler of the US-allied Gulf Arab state since the 1979 Islamic revolution, underscoring improving ties between Tehran and its Arab neighbors.
    (Reuters, 6/1/14)

2014        Jun 9, In Kuwait Al Watan reported online that a judge ordered its print edition and that of Alam Al Yawm newspaper to stop publishing for five days because they had violated a prosecutor-ordered media blackout about a secret probe into allegations of a coup plot to overthrow the Gulf monarchy's government.
    (AP, 6/10/14)

2014        Jun 10, In Kuwait opposition leader Musallam al-Barrack revealed documents of alleged corruption to more than 6,000 protesters late today. His opposition group had called for the anti-corruption rally, the first protest by the opposition since April 2013.
    (AP, 6/11/14)

2014        Jun 11, Kuwait's PM Jaber Al-Mubarak hit back at allegations of corruption, a day after leading opposition figure Musallam al-Barrack revealed documents he says prove billions of dollars in illicit transfers were made to senior officials, including judges.
    (AP, 6/11/14)

2014        Jul 3, Kuwait police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse protesters gathered in front of a jail to demand the release of Musallam al-Barrack, a former opposition lawmaker. He was detained a day earlier as part of an investigation into allegations of insulting the country's judiciary.
    (AP, 7/3/14)

2014        Jul 7, A Kuwaiti court freed prominent opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak on bail after police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a fifth straight night of demonstrations demanding his release.
    (AFP, 7/7/14)

2014        Aug 15, The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution intended to weaken the Islamic State - an al Qaeda splinter group that has seized swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate - and al Qaeda's Syrian wing, Nusra Front. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait the next day agreed to comply with the resolution after four of their nationals were named among a group blacklisted by the international body.
    (Reuters, 8/17/14)

2014        Aug 20, Kuwait detained Hajjaj al-Ajmi, a prominent Sunni Muslim cleric, at the Gulf state's airport after the US included him on a sanctions list on suspicion that he is funneling money to militants in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 8/20/14)

2014        Aug 22, The US imposed sanctions on Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al Sharekh, a Saudi citizen and allegedly the head of Al-Qaeda operations in Syria, and Hamid Hamad Hamid al-Ali of Kuwait.
    (AFP, 8/22/14)

2014        Oct 12, In Cairo, Egypt, US Sec. of State John Kerry presided over a conference on peace in the Middle East and announced an additional $212 million in US aid to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Qatar said it would provide $1 billion in reconstruction assistance for Gaza, while fellow Gulf Arab states Kuwait and United Arab Emirates promised $200 million each. Germany also announced it would contribute 50 million euros ($63 million) to reconstruction efforts in Gaza.
    (Reuters, 10/12/14)

2014        Oct 22, A court in Kuwait convicted and sentenced 13 people to two years in prison each for reading aloud a speech in 2012 by Musallam al-Barrack, a leading opposition figure, challenging the country's ruler.
    (AP, 10/22/14)

2014        Nov 5, Fawzi al-Odah (37), a citizen of Kuwait held at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for nearly 13 years, was sent back to his homeland. This left the detention center population at 148.
    (AP, 11/5/14)

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