Sunday, January 15, 2006

Kuwait's emir has died

Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, has died at the age of 77, state television reported on Sunday.
The announcement was made in a statement from the royal court carried by the television in the tiny Gulf state, a key U.S. ally and OPEC member.
The emir, who suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2001, was the 13th ruler of a 245-year-old dynasty which has ruled Kuwait since the Anaiza tribe, to which the al-Sabahs belonged, migrated from the Arabian hinterland.
Since the fall of Saddam Hussein in neighboring Iraq in 2003 and U.S. calls for change in the Middle East, the ruling family had come under intense pressure from both Islamists and pro-Western liberals to loosen its grip on the government and share power.
Kuwait, a founder OPEC member, enjoys one of the world's highest standards of living, despite its reliance on oil exports, unpredictable oil income and huge losses from the 1990-1991 Iraq occupation.
The Gulf state sits on one tenth of the world's crude oil reserves, or 95 billion barrels.
Used as the main launchpad for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, Kuwait hosts up to 30,000 U.S. troops and some 13,000 U.S. citizens live in the country.
Kuwait, which a population of about 2.2 million, has cracked down on Islamists opposing the U.S. military presence there. Diplomats say radical Islam is taking hold among Kuwaiti youth.
In December, a Kuwaiti court sentenced to death six suspected militants linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda for bloody attacks in the country.
The six were among 37 Islamists on trial as members of the "Peninsula Lions" group believed to be linked to al Qaeda in Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

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moryarti said...

3atham allaho ajrakom .. inna lillah wa enna elaihi raje3on

Obsessive Compulsive said...

Allah yer7oma.

ScarlO said...

3atham allah ojoorkom. Allah yer7umah

Papillona ® said...

Allah yer7oma

Spontaneousnessity said...

allah yer7ma =~{

Brava Valentia said...

3asallah yer7umah =(

Pieces of Me said...

This loss is a tradegy to us .. Us who looked up to him for everything.. I seriously can not find anyone close to il mar7oom with the same generousity and open heart .. Alah yer7ama inshallaa oo yaktibla jannat ena3eem, wesaber ahal likuwait.

desmond said...

My condolences to you all.

Mama Fusla said...

This is the same biased article I found on Al Jazeera as well.
I wish you have used another one instead.

ScarlO said...

Jazeera people are real arses. I wish they can all just drop dead. They spread their turd around under the name of democracy. Urghh..

Uh, and in case you don't already know, there's a website dedicated to the emir,

condolences again to all

majeed said...

3a'6am allah Ajerkom

White Wings said...

We are yet to have a leader, the situation feels strange, I feel like the whole country is hanging in the air..
How is it going to be without Jaber Al-Ahmad? Feels like we're "farewelling" a Kuwait that will never be the same..
May he find the peace and quietness that were quite scarce in his lfie

Asma said...

My deep condolences to all of you.
3a'6am allah ajerkom