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Wars of Modern BabylonA History of the Iraqi Army from 1921 to 2003$
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Pesach Malovany

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813169439

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813169439.001.0001

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The Forces for the Defense of the Regime

The Forces for the Defense of the Regime

(p.833) Chapter 54 The Forces for the Defense of the Regime
Wars of Modern Babylon

Pesach Malovany IDF (Ret.)

Amatzia Baram

Kevin M. Woods

Ronna Englesberg

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter deals with the forces for the defense of the regime. It describes the varied security and intelligence bodies during the Ba’ath regime, whose purpose was to foil any attempt to seize power by force or harm the leadership. These included the personal guard of Saddam and his family; the Special Security Organization (SSO); the Special Republican Guard and the Republican Guard. To these must be added the long-established intelligence and security organizations—the general security, general intelligence, military intelligence, military security and party security organizations, as well as new security forces that were established after the 1991 Intifada, the “Fedayeen Saddam” and the emergency forces in the districts, and in the major cities.

Keywords:   Saddam’s close security bodies, The Presidential Protection Unit (Himaya al-Rais or Himaya, The Special Security Organization (SSO) (Jihaz al-Amn al-Khas), The Special Republican Guard, The Republican Guard (RG), “Fedayeen Saddam” (Fidai Saddam in the original), Intelligence and security bodies, The General Intelligence Directorate, The General Security Directorate

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