- Making News: Closing in on Baghdad
At the Pentagon today, Donald Rumsfeld acknowledged that despite coalition troops having secured Iraqi oil fields and having reached Baghdad in only two weeks, there is much more to come. The Defense Secretary rejected any effort by other countries to end the war by offering safe haven to Saddam Hussein. USA Today-s John Diamond reports that the next priority of US forces will be to cut communication centers in the capital.
- Reporter's Notebook: Iraqi Republican Guards
Central Command in Qatar says there-s -increasing evidence- the Iraqi regime has lost control of its fighting forces. Baghdad is the province of Iraq-s Special Republican Guard, said to be the best troops Saddam Hussein has to offer. Sean Boyne, correspondent for Jane-s Intelligence Review, appraises these -elite units- which have vowed to put their lives on the line to protect Saddam and the capital, and speculates on what they might have in store for American troops.
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