The current political behavior of Iran is a clear proof that it is bent on implementing its expansionist agenda in the region, says MP Mubarak Al-Waalan.
Besides the illogical policies of Iran, Al-Waalan believes the recent discovery of an Iranian spy network in Kuwait is a new episode in the long series of Iranian attacks against the security and stability of the country, similar to what happened in the 1980s.
He pointed out Kuwait is the only Gulf nation that has been threatened by the Iranian military and intelligence during the Iran-Iraq War. At the time, the Iranian missiles targeted Kuwait and there were bombings orchestrated by Iran in different parts of the country, some of which destroyed vital and strategic installations like oil, he added.
Urging Kuwait and other GCC states to be wary of Iran’s dirty political and security games, Al-Waalan said all the Gulf countries were threatened by Iran before the Islamic Revolution. After March 1979, Tehran decided to ‘export’ the revolution to the Gulf. At the height of its war against Iraq, Iran also carried out bombings in Kuwait, said the lawmaker.
Al-Waalan asserted Iran again exposed its ugly face by dropping hints that it is keen on implementing the expansionist agenda in the region after improving its relations with the Gulf nations in the mid-1990s. If Iran has blatantly threatened Bahrain, interfered in its internal affairs, defied international agreements and spied on Kuwait, then there is a possibility that it will also threaten the other Gulf nations. This requires stronger security coordination between the GCC states to protect their territories, he added.
In conclusion, the lawmaker enumerated the Iranian attacks on Kuwait as follows:
* December 1983: a roadside bomb targeted a power plant; another bomb targeted the French Embassy; car bomb explosion at the Kuwait International Airport led to the death of an Egyptian artiste; and a truck exploded targeting the US Embassy, causing the death of seven people and injuries to 37 others.
* May 1985: bombing of the convoy of HH the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, leading to the death of two soldiers and injuries to several others.
* July 1985: bombing of popular cafés in Watiyyah and Salmiya, resulting in the death of 11 people and 89 were injured.
* April 1986: attempted hijacking of Jabriya — a Kuwaiti aircraft — immediately after take-off from India
* June 1986: three bombings in the Ahmadi Oil Complex (roadside bombs)
* 1986: attempted hijacking of Kuwaiti airplane Kazma on its way back from India, causing injuries to an aircraft crew
* January 1987: car bomb explosion near the Le Meridien Hotel during the Islamic Conference and a similar explosion near Salhiya Police Station
* October 1987: Iranian missile hit a Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) building and car bomb explosion near the Pan American Airlines office
* November 1987: bombing of an American insurance company office in the Capital
* April 1988: bombing of the Saudi Arabia Airlines office and hijacking of Jabriya aircraft on its way from Mashhad, then to Cyprus and landed at the airport in Algiers, causing the death of two citizens
* May 1988: car bombing in front of the Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) building in the Capital. Agencies