Mideast Kuwait Iraq Invasion Drama

August 16, 2012 - 2:39 AM
In this Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 photo, a Kuwaiti man watches Alrai TV drama series "Saher al lail" online in his house in Salwa, Kuwait. Each night for the past three weeks, families in Kuwait have been transfixed by a drama in which they already know the ending: Iraq forces will be driven out and the shattered Gulf nation will rebuild. But a 30-part television serial on Iraq's 1990 invasion has become more than just a retelling of the occupation and the brief but intense Gulf War. The series is being seen by many as a reminder of past national unity at a time when Kuwait is caught in a near endless cycle of tribal bickering and political showdowns between the Western-backed ruling family and conservative Islamists, who want to impose measures such as banning public concerts and blocking women athletes from major sporting events. Tensions over the Gulf Arab showdowns with Shiite power Iran also have brought pressures on Kuwait's minority Shiites.(AP Photo/Gustavo Ferrari)