A familiar pattern is emerging as Iraqi forces begin the final phase of their offensive to clear ISIS from the city of Mosul. They edge towards the city limits, using artillery and airstrikes to soften up ISIS defenses. ISIS retaliates with suicide bombs, exploits its tunnel networks and activates sleeper cells elsewhere.
Smart, capable and innovative -- and with a keen sense of the political and human aspects of war -- Trump's pick for national security adviser faces his first challenge as Pentagon mulls options on fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
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