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Kuwaiti authorities arrest members of suspected Islamic State-affiliated cell

26 May 2015


The Kuwaiti interior ministry announced on 25 May that seven members of an alleged militant cell affiliated with the Islamic State had been arrested.

The cell reportedly intended to carry out attacks along the lines of the 22 May suicide bombing of a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia in order to provoke sectarian conflict in Kuwait. Kuwait is an extremely conservative Islamic state with an active Salafist political presence and there is considerable popular support for the group. In December 2014, three people were sentenced to jail terms of between four and 10 years for supporting the group, and Kuwait has contributed a number of commanders to the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda's official affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra.

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