5,240. 7/15/2003

Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, then-Commander of the ground forces in Iraq, wrote: "In July 2003, there were three different wars going on in Iraq. First, Saddam Hussein's former regime was staging a disorganized, decentralized insurgency against coalition forces. They were mainly interested in fighting Americans. Second, Sunni extremists were, at times, rising up and attacking any foreign presence in their neighborhoods. This was especially true in the western part of Baghdad near Fallujah. And third, terrorists were beginning to infiltrate into Iraq through Syria and possibly Jordan. We were never able to satisfactorily quantify the number of terrorists in the country at any one time. However, we estimated–with only a 30 to 40 percent confidence level–that it was probably only a few hundred. They were most likely members of al-Qaeda and were definitely cooperating with former members of Saddam Hussein's regime." [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Ricardo S. Sanchez with Donald T. Phillips, Wiser in Battle, 236-237

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