Battle For Mosul And Trump’s New National Security Advisor

Iraqi police forces fire shots at Islamic State militant positions from a hillside outside the town of Abu Saif, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Iraqi Federal Police forces have pushed into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a new push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half. Iraqi helicopters were seen firing rockets on Monday at the village of Abu Saif, mainly at a hill that overlooks the city's airport and provides the militants with a natural defense line on the southern approaches to Mosul.
Iraqi police forces fire shots at Islamic State militant positions from a hillside outside the town of Abu Saif, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Iraqi Federal Police forces have pushed into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a new push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half. Iraqi helicopters were seen firing rockets on Monday at the village of Abu Saif, mainly at a hill that overlooks the city's airport and provides the militants with a natural defense line on the southern approaches to Mosul. Bram Janssen / AP Photo
Iraqi police forces fire shots at Islamic State militant positions from a hillside outside the town of Abu Saif, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Iraqi Federal Police forces have pushed into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a new push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half. Iraqi helicopters were seen firing rockets on Monday at the village of Abu Saif, mainly at a hill that overlooks the city's airport and provides the militants with a natural defense line on the southern approaches to Mosul.
Iraqi police forces fire shots at Islamic State militant positions from a hillside outside the town of Abu Saif, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Iraqi Federal Police forces have pushed into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a new push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half. Iraqi helicopters were seen firing rockets on Monday at the village of Abu Saif, mainly at a hill that overlooks the city's airport and provides the militants with a natural defense line on the southern approaches to Mosul. Bram Janssen / AP Photo

Battle For Mosul And Trump’s New National Security Advisor

Iraqi forces have captured a key town in Western Mosul as they continue to push to retake control of the entire city from ISIS. The Iraqis are fighting side by side with US military advisors, placing American troops closer to the front lines. 

As the fighting intensifies, President Trump selected Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, an Iraq war veteran who helped lead the “surge” under President Bush, as his new national security advisor. We talk about the fighting in Iraq and McMaster’s experience there with Laith Saud, a visiting professor at DePaul University.