5,295. 8/5/2003

“By early August [2003], eighteen nations besides the United States had a military presence in Iraq, and the Pentagon had announced that nineteen more had promised to send forces. But there were a total of only about 21,000 non-American troops on the ground in Iraq, 11,000 of them British, compared with about 140,000 Americans. That meant that the other ‘coalition’ partners–nations like Albania, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Spain–had each contributed an average of fewer than 600 troops.” [The 5th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Todd S. Purdum and The New York Times Staff, A Time of Our Choosing, Page 264

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