A state-run newspaper Saturday urged Iraqis to "liquidate" Saddam Hussein to spare their army from being crushed by allied ground forces.

Al-Thawra newspaper, in one of the strongest Syrian denunciations of Saddam, said the Iraqi leader was leading his troops to their death because they had no chance against the allies' advanced technology and weapons.Syrian, Egyptian and Saudi Arabian troops are the main Arab components in the U.S.-led coalition arrayed against Iraq.

The official Syrian Arab News Agency reported that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak contacted Syrian President Hafez Assad late Friday to discuss the gulf war. It did not elaborate on their talk; the two have consulted periodically since Iraq's Aug. 2 invasion of Kuwait.