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Sources: Bush briefed on Iraq war planning

Officials say no action is imminent

Gen. Tommy Franks
Gen. Tommy Franks  

From Jamie McIntyre
Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks outlined the state of planning for a possible attack on Iraq at a Monday White House meeting of the National Security Council attended by President Bush and his top advisers, administration sources said Monday.

Administration officials portrayed the meeting as a "routine update," but Pentagon sources told CNN that the "concept of operations" for toppling Saddam Hussein, while not in final form, is "well along."

One senior Pentagon official said Franks, chief of the Army's Central Command, would brief Bush on "a good proposal for a plan" to use military force to oust the Iraqi leader.

Another official said the Iraq war plans are continuing to evolve. "It is an iterative process," the official said.

Pentagon officials continue to say no action is imminent, and it was not known if Bush was expected to make any decisions after Monday's briefing.

The president arrived at the White House just before the meeting after spending the weekend in Kennebunkport, Maine. He is scheduled to travel Tuesday to his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Franks spent several hours earlier Monday meeting at the Pentagon with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and his top military and civilian officials.




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