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New Kuwait command center would direct ground invasion

Thursday, January 9, 2003

ABU DHABI The United States has established a new military command center in Kuwait.

The center is being operated by the U.S. Army and is linked to multiple command and control centers in the region. It was tested over the last month, Middle East Newsline reported.

The Kuwait command and control facility is expected to be used to direct any ground force invasion of Iraq from the south.

The facility has been linked to other command and control centers operated by U.S. Central Command, which covers 25 countries in the Persian Gulf, Central Asia and Middle East. Central Command is expected to be responsible for any U.S.-led war against Iraq.

Last month, Central Command, led by Gen. Tommy Franks, tested the portable command and control center in Qatar. Officials said the Qatari center was linked to the new Kuwait facility during the 10-day Internal Look exercise at a military base near Doha.

The Kuwaiti facility is expected to come under responsibility of the U.S. Army's Corps, based in Germany. The command and control center was tested by the corps's commander Lt. Gen. William Wallace.

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