AMP DOHA, KUWAIT, MARCH 21 - The commander
of Iraq's 51st division and his top deputy surrendered to
United States Marine forces today, according to American
It was the first time that the commander of an Iraqi
division has surrendered to allied forces. The 51st is a
Regular Army unit that was deployed in southern Iraq directly
in the path of the allied invasion.
American forces made a determined effort to persuade the
51st division to give in, including leaflets and propaganda
broadcasts. The leaflets instructed Iraqi forces that did not
want to fight to park their tanks and walk at least half a
mile away. American officials said that many of the soldiers
of the 51st had simply left their posts and that the division
There are indications that other Regular Army forces want
to surrender or stay out of the fight. The most loyal and
capable forces, however, are the Republican Guards, who still
seem determined to fight.
The Republican Guard forces around Baghdad were targeted in
the air strikes conducted tonight.