U.S. Bases in Gulf on High Alert

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- With no end in sight to Syria's civil war and Iraq experiencing its worst upsurge in violence in years, American bases in the Persian Gulf have been put on heightened alert.

A senior Kuwaiti military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the move comes in response to the deterioration in the security situation, the Kuwait Times reported.

Close to 2,000 people in Iraq have died in terror attacks since April in what many fear is a return to sectarian violence that killed thousands in 2006 and 2007.

In a related matter, unnamed Kuwaiti government officials reportedly said if the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) decides to label Hezbollah a terrorist group, Kuwait will support the decision.

One official said adding Hezbollah's military wing, not its political wing, to the terror list is a more "realistic" scenario.

Separating terror organizations' military wings from their political wings, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and the Ennahda party in Tunisia, has allowed Islamist groups to work their way into government.

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