4,961. 4/14/2003

“In Washington that Monday [April 14, 2003]–twenty-six days after the war [in Iraq] began, the Pentagon declared that major combat operations were over. ‘The major Iraqi units on the ground cease to show coherence,’ said Major General Stanley McChrystal, vice director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ‘There will be a requirement for combat power for some period of time.’ But, he added, ‘Clearly, the requirements for civil affairs, engineer organizations, military police, will be significant.’ ”

 – Todd S. Purdum and The New York Times Staff, A Time of Our Choosing, Page 222

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