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BUSH 14-DAY BLITZ TO TOPPLE SADDAM.

Byline: NIGEL NELSON

A TWO-WEEK lightning war to topple Saddam Hussein in just 14 days is being planned by US President George Bush.

Pentagon chiefs have told him that just two weeks will be all they need if they hit the evil Iraqi dictator hard enough.

They believe that his forces would quickly cave in allowing opposition groups to take over the country.

Intelligence shows the Iraqis are now worse equipped than during the Gulf War and morale is rock bottom.

Crack British SAS troops and US special forces would play a key role at the outset, knocking out Scud missile sites. The biggest fear is that Saddam would use Scuds to launch a chemical or biological attack on Israel the moment the Allies went in.

A defence insider says: "Once he knows he is finished and has nothing to lose he'll use the most deadly weapons in his arsenal."

The Allies believe a swift defeat is essential or they will risk a worldwide Muslim backlash.

In his Christmas message yesterday, Mr Bush said: "Our entire nation is thinking of the men and women in the military. They stand between Americans and grave danger."
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Dec 22, 2002
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