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Britain oversaw foreign relations and defense for the ruling Kuwaiti AL-SABAH dynasty from 1899 until independence in 1961. Kuwait was attacked and overrun by Iraq on 2 August 1990. Following several weeks of aerial bombardment, a US-led, UN coalition began a ground assault on 23 February 1991 that liberated Kuwait in four days. Kuwait spent more than $5 billion to repair oil infrastructure damaged during 1990-91. The AL-SABAH family has ruled since returning to power in 1991 and reestablished an elected legislature that in recent years has become increasingly assertive. The country witnessed the historic election in May 2009 of four women to its National Assembly. Amid the 2010-11 uprisings and protests across the Arab world, stateless Arabs, known as bidoon, staged small protests in February and March 2011 demanding citizenship, jobs, and other benefits available to Kuwaiti nationals. Youth activist groups - supported by opposition legislators and the prime minister's rivals within the ruling family - rallied in March 2011 for an end to corruption and the ouster of the prime minister and his cabinet. Similar protests continued sporadically throughout April and May. In late September 2011 government inquiries of widespread corruption drew more public anger and renewed calls for the prime minister's removal.



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Kuwait (Kuwait City):
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square Umm-al-'ausaj Muhafazat Al Wafrah

square Al Wafrah Muhafazat Al Wafrah

square Khabrat `ayda Muhafazat Al Wafrah

square Mughayrah Muhafazat Al Wafrah

square Khashm Al `adhaiba Muhafazat Al Wafrah

square Shagat Al-dowaijah Muhafazat Al Wafrah

square Jal Az Zor Muhafazat Al Wafrah

square Rodhatain Muhafazat Al Wafrah




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