McDonough and his team helped the Iraqis plan their operations. They shared critical intelligence about the enemy and used that information to coordinate airstrikes.
“It was about understanding the battle space, locating bad guys and then bringing in coalition aircraft on them,” he said. McDonough said he found working with the Iraqis motivating.
There are plenty of Iraqi generals that have been in the fight for 20 plus years. Some have battled against Iran in the 1980’s. Many had been displaced three or four times, some were fired 5 or 6 times.
They also fought with limited resources in places they grew up. McDonough said he would watch 19 year old soldiers eagerly head into the fight with limited weapons training.
No flak jackets, helmets and limited rounds.”To see and be surrounded by people like that is pretty inspiring. We fight and even break bread with these guys.