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Port Mubarak: The Spark for the Next War?
If researched, one would find that in every case, minor and major wars have begun over what seem to be "minor" issues between countries.
On August 26. 2011, three Scud missiles were fired from Iraq into Kuwait. They exploded harmlessly in the desert, but it was a warning shot. Iraq was freed by the US, however, many elements of Iran's Hezbollah remain there and under Iran's command and influence. It was also the first time any Middle East terrorist group had used Scud missiles. Until Friday, there was no confirmation of the group's claim to have recovered most of the inventory of 250 Scuds held by Saddam Hussein before the US invasion of 2003. Well, obviously, they do have many of them and Iraq's army or police are powerless over them.
How can this happen? American troops are still there. How did we miss finding them?
The dispute, and it is serious, is between Iraq and Kuwait. All three countries are all using the same waterway for critical shipping needs and oil. The three countries all share it and have their borders on it. Kuwait is building a huge port, Port Mubarak, on its sovereign territory of Boubiyan Island. They have spent 1.6 billion on it and deployed their 6th Brigade to defend it. Iraq's port is further of the waterway and Iran's is also. But, Kuwait's port will not impede or block either countries access as they are claiming. Kuwait is like saying, "what exactly is your problem"?
Iraq remains furious. The Iraqi Shiite radical Ketaeb Hizballah, an arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Al-Qods Brigades, has many more scud missiles to fire from Iraq upon Iran's command. It does not take much foresight to see how this simple item could escalate into a regional war drawing in the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, all countries out to get Iran and stop their nuclear bombs. It is a war waiting for ignition.