US sends Patriots to Kuwait

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The US is sending Kuwait a battery of Patriot missiles and dispatching a third aircraft carrier to the Middle East region. The John F Kennedy broke off a port visit to the Virgin Islands and is heading for the Mediterranean. US personnel will hold two joint military exercises with Kuwaiti forces in the emirate next week. Observers saw the moves as emphasising potential US military strength in the area, rather than as a precursor to military attack.