KUWAIT CITY -- U.S. military and diplomatic officials are pressing the Kuwaiti government to prevent further attacks against Palestinians like those that occurred in the first weeks after the end of the Iraqi occupation.
A half-dozen younger members of the royal Sabah family formed what a Western diplomat called "goon squads" and carried out some of the attacks, say diplomats, Kuwaitis and Palestinians. Other attacks came at the hands of low-ranking Kuwaiti troops and civilians at roadblocks.
"We're putting severe pressure on them that 'You don't want to look like Iraqis,' " said Col. Ron Smith of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command, which is working with Kuwaiti police. The command has taken over much of the day-to-day running of Kuwait and is also giving advice on the reconstruction of the country.