The Iraqi Republican Guard (RG) was the core of the Iraqi military. There were between 80,000 and 100,000 troops in the Republican Guard itself, and an additional 15,000-20,000 troops in the Special Republican Guard (SRG). Not counting troops of the SRG, the Republican Guard fields 2 Corps, consisting of 1 infantry division, 2 mechanized divisions, and 3 armored divisions. The Special Republican Guard consisted of 4 brigades and 2 commands.
The Republican Guard were regular, uniformed troops, unlike the paramilitary Fedayeen.
Both the Republican Guard and the Special Republican Guard's armored units used T-72M1 tanks, the most advanced tank in Iraq's armored inventory.
Order of Battle
On April 2, 2003, U.S. Brigadier General Vincent Brooks claimed that the Baghdad division of the Iraqi Republican Guard has been "destroyed". Iraq information minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf responded that this was another American "lie".