5,127. 5/31/2003

“The first Iraqi insurgent attacks on U.S. forces began within days of the fall of Baghdad [on April 9, 2003], but they were infrequent. However, after President Bush proclaimed ‘Mission Accomplished’ [on May 1, 2003], the number of attacks stepped up dramatically, to six a day by the end of the month.” [The 31st of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Matthew M. Aid, The Secret Sentry, Pages 265-266

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