Iraqi Amor On The Move

"Inside The Ring", by Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough

The Washington Times

September 20, 2002

Two brigades of an Iraqi Republican Guard division are on the move, according to U.S. intelligence officials. The brigades are part of the Republican Guard Medina Division based near Baghdad. U.S. satellites detected the tank and armored vehicle brigades leaving their bases near Taji, north of Baghdad, late last week. The officials said the units appeared to be moving out to locations that are less vulnerable to U.S. attack.

Taji is one of at least three locations that U.S. intelligence agencies have identified as the locations of new Iraqi military activity related to weapons of mass destruction.

Last month, a convoy of some 60 trucks was spotted at a suspected biological weapons site in Taji.

U.S. intelligence agencies have stepped up reconnaissance of Iraqi military sites in recent months in anticipation of U.S. military action.
Other recent signs of Iraqi troop movements have included the dispersal of ammunition, and the movement of surface-to-air missile batteries.