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Battle for Mosul Putting Iraq Leadership, US Vision to the Test

One day into the Iraqi-led operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State terror group, a hopeful Pentagon proclaimed the effort “ahead of schedule,” well aware the outcome could have a significant impact on U.S. strategy in the region. About 30,000 Iraqi troops and 4,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters began advancing on Mosul from the east Monday, quickly clearing villages in surrounding areas while encountering some resistance from IS fighters. “Early indications are that Iraqi forces...

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