Thousands march on a highway in Kuwait this month to protest a decree by the emir that amends election law. Widening clampdowns on an Islamist-led opposition ahead of parliamentary elections include bans on public gatherings of more than 20 people. The U.S. has about 15,000 ground forces in Kuwait. (Associated Press)

Thousands march on a highway in Kuwait this month to protest a decree by the emir that amends election law. Widening clampdowns on an Islamist-led opposition ahead of parliamentary elections include bans on public gatherings of more than 20 people. The U.S. has about 15,000 ground forces in Kuwait. (Associated Press)