Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Where have all those divisions gone?
You've heard all the reporting of US generals underestimating the strength of the Iraqi Army, and of the fight put up by Republican Guard and Fedayeen forces. So, have you asked yourself where the regular Iraqi army is?

Sadaam had 14 regular army divisions before the war, organized into the I, II, III, IV, and V corps. So far, the only mention of these 180,000 troops is an early mention that two divisions in the south had broken up.

Today, Strategy Page quietly notes on its excellent Iraq War Map that "It appears that regular Iraqi army units from II, III, and IV corps have faded away." Seems a decent accomplishment for a weeks work to me.

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