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KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait – Domino’s Pizza is promising a special delivery during the Super Bowl, and it might even make it in 30 minutes or less.

According to the pizza chain and Army public affairs officials, about 1,500 soldiers at Camp Doha, Kuwait, and Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia, will get more than 6,000 free slices of pizza for a post-midnight snack.

Super Bowl Sunday becomes Super Bowl Monday in the Middle East, as the showdown between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders will be broadcast live at 2 a.m. via the American Forces Network.

“Super Bowl Sunday has become an American holiday, and we want to ensure our troops serving overseas are able to enjoy the game with a taste from home,” said a statement attributed to Dave Brandon, Domino’s chairman and CEO.

A spokeswoman for the restaurant chain said the pizzas would be delivered from a few of the half-dozen Domino’s shops in Kuwait City. Between the driving time to Doha on the far North-west side of the city and the intense security around the camp, the pies just might be oven-fresh when delivered.

An undetermined number of soldiers will crowd in front of a big-screen television broadcasting the game in Frosty’s, a Morale, Welfare and Recreation club on Camp Doha, officials said Saturday.

“I haven’t heard anything about the free pizzas, but they’ll be watching the game on the big screen, and I’m sure they would be glad to have it,” said Sgt. 1st Class David Dismukes, an Army spokesman at Doha.

The soldiers will also get a chance to watch themselves onscreen, as ABC — the network broadcasting football’s championship game this year — is expected to set up a live satellite cut to the troops in Kuwait sometime during the game.

According to the last official figures, at least 15,000 American servicemembers are in various bases in Kuwait. But thousands more troops pour into the region daily, as the U.S. girds for a possible confrontation with Iraq over alleged weapons of mass destruction.

For at least a couple of hours during the game early Monday morning, troops will have something else to occupy their thoughts and something other than warmed-over chow or Meals, Ready to Eat to fill their stomachs.

The pizzas will include a variety of toppings. Of course, most of the favorites — pepperoni, sausage, Canadian Bacon — violate strict Islamic dietary laws in regards to pork products.

In Kuwait, a country overrun with American fast-food outlets, the menus are adjusted accordingly. Domino’s has more than 7,000 stores in the U.S. and 50 other countries, including five in Kuwait City.

Toppings here are conspicuously advertised as “100% beef pepperoni” and “100% pure beef sausage,” for example.

And because General Order No. 1 — not to mention the laws of Kuwait — prohibits the consumption of alcohol (and other taboos such as pornography and collecting war trophies), the soldiers will have to wash down the promotion with a few cold near-beers.


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