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REPUBLICAN GUARD HEADING TOWARDS MARINES

"A large contingent of Iraq's elite Republican Guard headed south in a 1,000-vehicle convoy Wednesday toward U.S. Marines in central Iraq an area that already has seen the heaviest fighting of the war," reports the Associated Press.THERE'S MORE: The BBC is saying that "coalition warplanes are attacking a huge convoy of (Iraqi) tanks and armoured personnel carriers which are heading south-east from Basra towards the al-Faw peninsula.AND MORE: Sandstorms continue to keep the 3rd Infantry's Apache helicopters on the ground, according to CNN. But the weather has eased up enough for fixed-wing airplanes to make close air support strikes, if needed.

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