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Kuwait Sate Media Says Report About US Withdrawal From Camp Arifjan Was Result Of Cyber Attack

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Kuwait Sate Media Says Report About US Withdrawal From Camp Arifjan Was Result Of Cyber Attack

ILLUSTRATIVE: U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, deploy from Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina, Jan. 1, 2020. (U.S. Army/Capt. Robyn J. Haake)

On January 8, Kuwait’s state-run news agency KUNA reported that the Kuwait Defense Ministry was informed by the US military that Washington will withdraw all its forces from Camp Arifjan within 3 days.

Later, the news agency denounced the report saying that its Twitter account was hacked.

Wikipedia (source): Camp Arifjan is a US military installation used as a forward logistics base, Aviation Classification and Repair Activity Depot (Task Force AVCRAD) for the entire Southwest Asian Theater (through Patton Army Air Field), helicopter ground support base, and as a motor pool for armored and unarmored vehicles. U.S. military vehicles that did not receive new additional armor plating in the United States prior to deployment to U.S. Central Command–tens of thousands–received their “up-armoring” at Camp Arifjan. Additionally, many thousands of service members and contractors pass through Camp Arifjan either on their way to or from Iraq, Afghanistan or other countries in Southwest Asia. The service members deployed to Camp Arifjan are in a variety of different statuses. Many are on active duty and come on a one-year Permanent Change of Station (PCS), while some active duty come in a Temporary Change of Station (TCS) status. Additionally, there are many Guard and Reserve units that support a variety of functions in the SouthWest Asia [SWA] theater that come on varied length tours.

The supposed cyber attack followed Iran’s missile strike on two US military facilities in Iraq in response to the US assassination of prominent Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and other Iranian and Iraqi commanders in Baghdad on January 3.

Meanwhile, some NATO states started withdrawal of their forces from Iraq signaling that they are not interested to participate in the possible US-Iran war in the region.

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