5,457. 10/27/2003

In Iraq, on October 27, 2003, “the official beginning of Ramadan, a suicide bomber rammed an ambulance filled with explosives into the Red Cross compound near the Green Zone [in Baghdad]. And in coordinated attacks, four recently opened Baghdad police stations were attacked in a similar manner. With thirty-five killed and 244 wounded, October 27, 2003, would go down as the bloodiest day since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Unfortunately, it was just the beginning of a new wave of violence, possibly spurred on by release of a letter from Saddam that urged a holy war against ‘the hated invaders’ and those who cooperated with them.”

 – Ricardo S. Sanchez with Donald T. Phillips, Wiser in Battle, Page 282

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