CAMP DOHA, Kuwait (AP) _ Some 200 U.S. soldiers arrived in Kuwait Friday, joining thousands of other American troops taking up battle-ready positions along Kuwait's border with Iraq, said U.S. military spokesman Col. Ron Williams.

Kuwait fears that Iraq will retaliate for the current airstrikes by U.S. and British forces. Some of the warplanes taking part in the raids are based in Kuwait.

Kuwait signed a 10-year defense agreement with the United States after the Persian Gulf War.

The fresh troops from Fort Stewart in Georgia brings to 5,000 the number of American soldiers in this small Gulf state, Williams said.

The new troops marched into a compound singing. They put down their bags and M16 rifles and prepared to move to desert positions near the border.