|Area:||6,880 sq. miles|
|Major Cities:||Hawalli, Jahra|
|Summer Olympic Debut:||1968|
Kuwait is a small, oil-rich emirate at the head of the Persian Gulf. It was attacked and overrun by Iraqi forces on August 2, 1990.
After nearly six months of attempts to force Iraq's dislodgment from Kuwait through economic sanctions, on January 17, 1991, the United States helped organize a United Nations-backed force against Iraq and occupied Kuwait. The country was liberated soon thereafter.
Kuwait first competed in 1968, and has competed continuously since. Won its first Olympic medal at the 2000 Sydney Games - Fehaid Al Deehani won bronze in the men's double trap shooting event. Danah Al Nasrallah became Kuwaiti's first female Olympian in Athens, where she competed in the women's 100m.
Kuwait is not expected to contend for a medal at the Beijing Games.