US VS. REPUBLICAN GUARD Reuters (5:31EST) U.S. Attacks Republican Guard South of Baghdad. Largely a rehash, but

The Pentagon said U.S. forces had advanced more than 200 miles into Iraqi territory and were beginning to confront an elite division of the Republican Guards deployed to defend the capital.

Maj. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, vice director for operations for the U.S. military’s Joint Staff said: “Coalition forces have engaged Republican Guard Medina division troops with attack helicopters.”

The U.S. military acknowledged losing one helicopter. Iraqi television later showed two men it said were the crew of the downed Apache helicopter. They appeared to be in good health.

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