Former Green Beret Loren Schofield is watching with pride as the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) — nicknamed the Golden Division — fights for the liberation of Mosul.
Six years ago, he would have been fighting right next to them. He helped train the Iraqi counterterrorism troops in 2007 and 2008. The force of about 10,000 is the most reliable partner fighting the Islamic State in Iraq, U.S. officials have said. But being the vanguard of every offensive has taken a toll. The troops have suffered hundreds of casualties. Many of the men Schofield trained and fought with are dead.