Iraqi fishermen murder Kuwaiti coast guard

Iraqi fishermen killed a Kuwaiti coast guard officer during a shootout in one of the more somber incidents between the adjacent countries in years, Iraqi officials said Tuesday.

Tensions flanked by Iraq and Kuwait have been strained since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein and the narrow body of water between the two countries has yet to be obviously demarcated making it a lingering flashpoint.

There have been constant, low-level incidents between the two countries along the thin waterway that separates them, with Iraqi fishermen irritable of harassment by Kuwaitis and the Kuwaiti government maintaining that the fishermen do not respect their boundaries.

But the newest incident on Monday will be a top topic of discussion between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheik Nasser Al Mohammed Al Sabah when he visits Baghdad on Wednesday, said Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh. Iraq's government said Tuesday it will examine the clash.

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