President Bush will meet with his war council Saturday to plot the next stage of the conflict with Iraq.
The President is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat outside Washington. He will hold talks with his top advisors on the war, including the secretaries of state and defense and the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
The President met Friday with Congressional leaders ahead of U-S air strikes in Iraq. He noted progress in the war and said U-S forces will remain on task. Mr. Bush also gave written notification to Congress that combat operations have begun, a formality required under the nation's War Powers Resolution.
White House officials said Mr. Bush has sent his condolences to the families of the first American troops killed during the attacks. A spokesman later said the President is also concerned about the safety of innocent Iraqis.