Camp Commando is a U.S. Marine Corps base located in the Kuwaiti desert, in north central Kuwait. The base is located less than two hours away from the Iraqi border.
According to some reports in the war with Iraq the facility served as a command headquarters. From there, the US military was able to communicate with the tens of thousand of Marine troops expected to be deployed in the area and coordinate their actions.
As of late November 2002, the facility had only recently been built on the edge of a similarly-named Kuwaiti military base, with the Marines arriving in mid-fall 2002.
Soldiers occupying the facility at the time of construction were mostly from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Pendleton, CA. According to reports, the base is ringed with multiple rows of barbed-wire fences, walls and sandbags. Portable toilets and prefabricated "Navy" showers are present.
Less than 10 miles from the Iraqi border, the Marine Corps has built up a weapons range. Contact with the Kuwaiti population was limited to a minimum.
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