Republican Guard

A female Syrian soldier from the Republican Guard commando battalion drives a tank during clashes with rebels in the restive Jobar area, in eastern Damascus.

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A female Syrian soldier from the Republican Guard commando battalion drives a tank during clashes with rebels in the restive Jobar area, in eastern Damascus.

A Republican guard stands to attention outside the Elysee Palace in Paris, France.

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A Republican Guard stands to attention outside the Elysée Palace in Paris, France.