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In Mosul, President Obama’s military doctrine facing greatest test yet.

Armored vehicles of the US army move toward Mosul from the Hazer region during an operation Photograph credit to Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Armored vehicles of the US army move toward Mosul from the Hazer region during an operation
Photograph credit to Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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

How well the Mosul campaign 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. Read article here