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Kuwait is a small, oil-rich country touching Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Most of the population consists of immigrants, for example Arabs from Egypt and Palestine and non-Arabs mostly from South Asia. Kuwait came under British protection in 1899 and achieved full independence in 1961. In 1990 after Iraq complained that Kuwait was stealing it's oil from a nearby oil field, Iraq invaded Kuwait and the following year the U.S. was in the country. The country remains an important transit route for the military and civilians going into and out of Iraq. [1] [2] [3]

The BBC says of the media, "Kuwait has some of the most outspoken newspapers in the Arab world, often aggressive in their coverage of politics and the government. Journalists enjoy greater freedoms than some of their regional counterparts, but restraint is exercised when covering matters relating to the emir and senior royals." [2]

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  1. Kuwait, National Geographic, accessed November 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Country profile: Kuwait BBC, accessed November 2007.
  3. Timeline: Kuwait BBC, accessed November 2007.

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