- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 22, 2003

KUWAIT CITY A gunman opened fire on a sport utility vehicle carrying two American civilians near a U.S. military camp yesterday, killing one and wounding the other in what the U.S. Embassy called a terrorist attack.
The men, contractors working for the U.S. military, were the first civilians to come under fire in recent attacks on Americans in Kuwait.
Their four-wheel-drive Toyota was ambushed and riddled with bullets at a stoplight near Camp Doha, a military installation serving as a base for 17,000 troops in this oil-rich Persian Gulf nation, where 8,000 American civilians also live.
Kuwait, critical to any U.S. war against neighboring Iraq, generally welcomes Americans out of lingering gratitude for the U.S.-led coalition that expelled Iraqi invaders in the 1991 Gulf war. The pro-American sentiment here is not universal, though, and other attacks in recent months killed one U.S. soldier and wounded three.
The U.S. Embassy identified the man killed as Michael Rene Pouliot, 46, of San Diego. Mr. Pouliot was an employee of the San Diego-based software development company Tapestry Solutions, which specializes in military modeling and simulation training tools.
Tapestry identified the injured man as another employee, David Caraway, a senior software engineer. He was listed in stable condition in a Kuwaiti hospital after surgery to remove bullets, including two from his chest.
He also had arm and thigh wounds, a hospital official said.
In Washington, the White House said U.S. authorities were working with Kuwaiti investigators to determine who carried out the attack.
"The president's heart goes out to the families affected by this attack," spokesman Ari Fleischer said. "It's a reminder of the dangers and risks servicemen and women face every day in service to our country."
No group took responsibility for the attack, which U.S. and Kuwaiti officials said they believed was carried out by a single gunman firing an assault rifle from behind roadside bushes. The attacker then fled.
"We condemn this terrorist incident, which has tragically cost the life of an innocent American citizen," U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait Richard Jones said in a statement.
A U.S. Embassy official said the embassy was reviewing its security in Kuwait with the State Department and would share its recommendations with the American community. "We're urging Americans to be alert to their surroundings and to continually assess their security," he said.
Kuwait's deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, sent a condolence message to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.
The pro-American attitude among many Kuwaitis is unusual now in the Muslim world, where anti-U.S. sentiment and opposition to war in Iraq run high. Still, attacks on Americans here have increased recently, targeting U.S. troops.
A U.S. Marine was killed and a second one wounded Oct. 8 when two Kuwaiti Muslim extremists opened fire on a group of Marines taking a break from training. The attackers, were killed by other Marines. On Nov. 21, a Kuwaiti policeman shot and seriously injured two U.S. soldiers.

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