US army capture Republican Guard HQs

US army captured the headquarters of the Republican Guard's Medina Division in this town about 50 kms southeast of Baghdad.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2003 13:50 IST

US Army soldiers on Saturday captured the headquarters of the Republican Guard's Medina Division in this town about 50 kilometressoutheast of Baghdad.



Two tank companies and an infantry company of the 3rd Infantry Division rolled through the headquarters unopposed and quickly took over the entire base. It appeared that the Republican Guard defences had completely collapsed.

Outside the base on a five-kilometrestretch of road were hundreds of bunkers and foxholes and dozens of artillery pieces, antiaircraft guns, tanks, and armoured personnel carriers. All of them had been abandoned by Iraqi troops. No troops could be seen.

The US tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles used their main guns to destroy the military vehicles along the route.

First Published: Apr 05, 2003 13:50 IST