What Ever Happened To The Republican Guard?

A TIME investigation suggests most of the elite Iraqi forces survived the U.S. bombardment

During their onslaught against the Republican Guard in the southern approaches to Baghdad, U.S. military commanders had grim words to describe what they were doing to the elite Iraqi forces. "I find it interesting when folks say we're softening them up," Air Force Lieut. General T. Michael Moseley, the air-war commander, said on April 5, the day the U.S. Army entered Baghdad. "We're not softening them up. We're killing them." Later on, in its assessment of the damage the U.S. had wrought, the Pentagon focused on devastation to the Guard's armor, concluding, for example, that all but two dozen of their...

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