Kuwait Says State News Agency Was Hacked to Say U.S. Troops Withdrawing

Hacked agency appeared to report that Kuwait's defense minister said it has received a letter from the Commander in Chief of a U.S. military camp in Kuwait 'declaring imminent withdrawal'

U.S. Army paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division arrive at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, January 2, 2020. Picture taken January 2, 2020
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Kuwait's government says that a Wednesday report of a U.S. troop withdrawal is incorrect and that the state news agency was hacked.

State news agency KUNA appeared to report on Wednesday that Kuwait's defense minister said it has received a letter from the Commander in Chief of a U.S. military camp in Kuwait "declaring imminent withdrawal of all U.S. military forces in three days."

"Receiving such letter from Camp Arifjan was unexpected and we are communicating with U.S. Department of Defense for more details and information," a hacked KUNA reported the minister as saying.

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Kuwait made the announcement Wednesday after the fake alert went out on its account, drawing widespread attention.

Tiny, oil-rich Kuwait has over 13,000 U.S. troops in the country, with more on the way amid tensions between the U.S. and Iran.