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Highway Of Death

Iraqi forces including the elite Iraqi Republican Guard's 1st Armored Division Hammurabi were trying to either redeploy or escape on and near Highway 8 east of Highway 80. They were engaged over a much larger area in smaller groups by U.S. artillery units and a battalion of AH-64 Apache helicopter gunships operating under the command of General Barry McCaffrey.

Hundreds of predominantly military Iraqi vehicles grouped in defensive formations of approximately a dozen vehicles were engaged and destroyed along a 50-mile stretch of the highway and nearby desert.

Task Force 2-4 CAV fought on Highway 8.

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