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   Kuwait

Introduction:
Britain oversaw foreign relations and defense for the ruling Kuwaiti AL-SABAH dynasty from 1899 until independence in 1961. Kuwait was attacked and overrun by Iraq on 2 August 1990. Following several weeks of aerial bombardment, a US-led, UN coalition began a ground assault on 23 February 1991 that liberated Kuwait in four days. Kuwait spent more than $5 billion to repair oil infrastructure damaged during 1990-91. The AL-SABAH family has ruled since returning to power in 1991, and reestablished an elected legislature that in recent years has become increasingly assertive.


Official name: State of Kuwait
Capital: name: Kuwait
geographic coordinates: 29 22 N, 47 58 E
time difference: UTC+3 (8 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Government type: constitutional emirate
Population: 2,505,559
note: includes 1,291,354 non-nationals (July 2007 est.)
Languages: Arabic (official), English widely spoken
Official Currency: Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD)
Currency code: KWD
Area: total: 17,820 sq km
land: 17,820 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Climate: dry desert; intensely hot summers; short, cool winters


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Historical Highlights
Foreign Relations
Relations with U.S.





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