Marine Corps units near the Kuwaiti border have built makeshift POW camps capable of holding 40,000 prisoners until they can be transported to permanent camps away from the front.

The camps would be used to hold the up to 20,000 Iraqi prisoners who could be taken in the first week of a major ground battle, said Maj. Gary Kosinuk, an operations officer for the Army's 14th Military Police Brigade."The tempo of the battle is going to be swift" and prisoners must be shuttled to the rear quickly, Kosinuk said on Wednesday. "If you have a large number of prisoners in the way, it slows down combat power."