Kuwait to play host to additional US troops

Washington (AP) - Kuwait has agreed to allow additional American troops to be stationed on its territory, the White House said yesterday. A White House spokesman, Mike McCurry, declined to say how many troops would be sent to Iraq's neighbour. "We can confirm that the government of Kuwait is to station our troops there," he said. "I'm not discussing numbers."

The US military build-up continued in the Gulf despite Defense Secretary William Perry finding little enthusiasm from the old Gulf-war coalition for further attacks on Iraq.However, the attack that Mr Perry last week called "imminent" appeared increasingly uncertain in the face of an Iraqi retreat from confrontation and a dearth of diplomatic support for President Bill Clinton's tough line.