Obama Expects ‘Difficult Fight’ for Islamic State-Held Mosul

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  • President says he’s confident of Iraqi government’s victory
  • Obama warns to expect both advances and setbacks in battle

Iraqi forces in the Bajwaniyah village, south of Mosul, on Oct. 18.

Photographer: Ahmad aL-Rubaye/AFP via Getty Images

An offensive by Kurdish and Iraqi fighters to retake Mosul from Islamic State will be a “difficult fight” but will ultimately end in a victory for the Iraqi government, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.

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