Special Republican Guard (Iraq)

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Special Republican Guard
Iraqi Republican Guard Symbol.svg
Republican Guard Forces Command insignia
Active 1992–2003
Country Ba'athist Iraq
Allegiance Iraqi Special Security Organization
Branch Special forces
Type Praetorian Guard
Size 12,000 (2003)
Garrison/HQ Baghdad
Engagements 2003 invasion of Iraq

The Iraqi Special Republican Guard (SRG) (Arabic: الحرس الجمهوري الخاص‎ ""Ḥaris al-‘Irāq al-Jamhūriyy al-Khas"), also known as the Special Forces Brigade of the Presidential Palace,[1] Republican Guard Special Protection Forces,[2] or the Golden Division,[1] was an Iraqi praetorian guard founded in either early 1992 or March 1995 in Iraq. The Special Republican Guard was controlled by the Special Security Organization and charged with protecting President Saddam Hussein, presidential sites, Baghdad, and responding to any rebellion, coup, or other threat to his power.[1]

The Special Republican Guard received better pay and benefits than members of the Republican Guard and regular Iraqi Army. In 2002 there were reportedly 12,000 members of the Special Republican Guard, drawn primarily from clans loyal to Saddam Hussein and his regime. As many as five brigades containing 14 battalions of 1,300-1,500 men each, and also included air defense, armored, and artillery were reported to be in existence at that time. The Special Republican Guard was officially dissolved on May 23, 2003 per CPA Order Number 2 in the wake of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.[3]

Former members of the Special Republican Guard are suspected of carrying out insurgent attacks on coalition forces in Iraq, but also seem to form the cadre around which the various Sons of Iraq or Anbar Awakening home guard militias, funded, trained, equipped and operating alongside American forces are composed of.


The SRG had 13 or 14 battalions and ranged in troop strength from 15,000[2] to 26,000.[4] This may have fallen to only 12,000 by 2002.[1]

  • 1st Brigade
  • 2nd Brigade
  • 3rd Brigade
  • 4th Brigade
  • Air Defense Command
  • Tank Command


  1. ^ a b c d "Special Republican Guard (SRG)". Globalsecurity.org. 2005-04-26. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  2. ^ a b al-Marashi, Ibrahim (September 2002). "Iraq's Security and Intelligence Network: A Guide and Analysis". Middle East Review of International Affairs. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  3. ^ Coalition Provisional Authority Order Number 2: Dissoulution of Entities
  4. ^ Boyne, Sean (1997-07-01). "Inside Iraq's Security Network". Jane's Intelligence Review. Retrieved 2008-01-28. 

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