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Its government has battled Islamist guerrillas, some of whom were based in Afghanistan.
In recent months, Kuwait has seen several deadly shootouts with Islamist dissidents.
European intelligence and security forces are well aware of the threat posed by Islamist extremism and generally do an effective job of monitoring extremists.
But they weren't the ones who took to the streets and riots - they were Islamist fanatics, malcontents and thugs.