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N.C. Troops May Be Used In Plan To Oust Iraq's Saddam Hussein

Posted April 30, 2002 9:53 a.m. EDT

— North Carolina servicemembers are eagerly waiting to hear more about a plan to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

The Pentagon is reportedly working on a proposal that would include 250,000 air and ground troops. Leaders say Hussein cannot continue to develop chemical and biological weapons.

Many local Gulf War veterans say it is time to finish the job.

"It's time for him to go. It's time for us to get rid of something we should have taken care of a long time ago," Gulf War veteran Arthur Gordon said.

WRAL's military consultant, retired Lt. Gen. Robert Springer, said any operation involving thousands of troops will involve Fort Bragg soldiers, most likely from the 82nd Airborne Division.