2,784. 9/21/2001

“At the Pentagon today [September 21, 2001], Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signed a second deployment order, meaning that nearly 100 bomber and support airplanes are now being sent to the Persian Gulf. About 175 warplanes were already based in the gulf region, primarily to enforce the no-flight zone over southern Iraq.”

 – David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt, “U.S. Puts Afghan Strike Ahead of Full Plan; Bush Rewarding Pakistan for Its Support,” The New York Times, Sep. 22, 2001

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