I hadn’t heard from him in two weeks. He has been involved in Operation Swarmer. Since this was an Iraqi-led mission, they went along with the Kurdish Iraqi batallion they are training to search the area for weapons caches. The area was remote and dangerous and had become a known hotbed of insurgent activity.
J. said the interesting thing was that the Kurdish soldiers were so instrumental in finding the weapons. They had tried technology and every known tactic to find them, but the Kurds were the ones who knew the terrain and how they are hidden. He said it was pretty amazing. I think its hugely important that the Iraqis themselves are successful in defending their country.
Unfortunately, we were cut off in the middle of our conversation. But it sounds like missions like these are making the time fly. I’m so proud of them.