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Kuwait also seeking US Stinger missiles

Kuwait has made an ''informal request'' to the United States for Stinger antiaircraft missiles to protect against attacks spilling over from the Iran-Iraq war in the Persian Gulf, the Defense Department acknowledged Thursday.

''I understand we have an informal request for Stingers from Kuwait,'' Pentagon spokesman Michael Burch told a briefing. But he said, ''At present, the United States does not intend to sell any additional Stingers to the Gulf region.''

Saudi Arabia recently received 400 from the United States.

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