4,937. 4/9/2003

Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, fell to U.S. troops on April 9, 2003. “At the time, the only government building protected by American troops, other than the Republican Palace, was the Ministry of Oil. Two weeks earlier, the ORHA [Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance] ministers had worked up a list of sites in Baghdad that needed security. Atop the list was the Central Bank. Then came the National Museum. The Oil Ministry was at the bottom. Weeks later, ORHA personnel discovered that the military had failed to transmit the list to ground commanders in Baghdad.”

 – Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, Page 41

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