US President George W. Bush said Saturday that the fighting in Iraq is so fierce that he does not know when US and British forces could overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's regime.
"The fighting is fierce and we do not know its duration, yet we know the outcome of this battle: The Iraqi regime will be disarmed and removed from power. Iraq will be free," Bush said in his weekly radio address.
He said Saddam regime now controls a small portion of the country, US and British troops "have continued a steady advance, and are now less than 50 miles from Baghdad."
"Against this enemy, we will accept no outcome but complete and final victory," Bush said. "To meet this objective, we must give our armed services the support and resources they require."
He also asked US Congress to act quickly to pass a nearly $75 billion wartime supplemental appropriations bill that he proposed on Tuesday.
"This funding would provide fuel for ships, aircraft, and tanks, supplies for our troops in the theater of operations, and new high-tech munitions to replace the ones we have used in the war," he said.