How didn't Iraq have allies during the war, I don't understand? They ended the conflict with more and better military equipment than when they started it. Fighter jet wise, they received Super Etendards on loan and then non-downgraded top of the line French Mirage F-1EQ's during the war, including French pilots to lend them a hand. Their Mig-29's also arrived at the later stages of the conflict. All practically for free given Persian Gulf sheikhdoms financing their aggression. Is it not?Both Iran and Iraq tried to avoid losing aircrafts because they had no true allies to replenish them with new fighter jets. Thus their most prized fighters played defense. Iran’s F-14 usually were playing defense and protecting vital infrastructure.