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Battle for Mosul Tests Obama Strategy to Shift Fight’s Burden From U.S

October 18, 2016 1:24 AM
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Battle for Mosul Tests Obama Strategy to Shift Fight’s Burden From U.S

The other Americans range from Apache helicopter pilots to intelligence analysts at Iraq’s military headquarters.

“Our men and women in uniform, who are serving in Iraq, are putting themselves in harm’s way,” said the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest. “There’s no one, including the commander in chief, who would downplay the risks that they are taking on our behalf.”

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October 18, 2016 1:28 AM

But these partnerships have a mixed record. In Iraq, troops have successfully driven the Islamic State out of every major city except Mosul. But in Afghanistan, the Taliban have made steady gains in seizing territory from the American-trained Afghan security forces. They now control at least 30 percent of Afghanistan, and threaten the northern city of Kunduz.

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October 18, 2016 1:26 AM

“We need partners to fight terrorists alongside us,” Mr. Obama said at West Point in 2014, when he laid out the counterterrorism strategy to cadets graduating from the United States Military Academy.

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October 18, 2016 1:26 AM

For the White House, there were other tensions, including the need both here and in Iraq to cast the United States in a supporting rather than a central role. At one point, Mr. Earnest noted that the United States had helped the Iraqis stabilize two other smaller Iraqi cities, Ramadi and Tikrit.

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October 18, 2016 1:26 AM

WASHINGTON — As Iraqi forces launch their long-awaited campaign to from the Islamic State, ’s doctrine of aiding other countries militarily rather than leading every fight is facing its greatest test yet.

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October 18, 2016 1:25 AM

“Our men and women in uniform, who are serving in Iraq, are putting themselves in harm’s way,” said the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest. “There’s no one, including the commander in chief, who would downplay the risks that they are taking on our behalf.”

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October 18, 2016 1:25 AM

How well the goes, not just the fighting over the coming days and weeks but the rebuilding of the city in the months after that, will help define Mr. Obama’s legacy as a wartime leader who sought to take the United States off the front lines of the counterterrorism war.

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October 18, 2016 1:25 AM

The other Americans range from Apache helicopter pilots to intelligence analysts at Iraq’s military headquarters.