U.S.-led coalition forces training Iraqi soldiers to fight Islamic State are applying lessons from last month’s recapture of Ramadi to prepare the army to retake the northern city of Mosul later this year.

Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism forces pushed the insurgents out of most of Ramadi, in the Euphrates river valley west of the capital, after a six-month siege in which roadside bombs laid as densely as conventional minefields slowed the military’s advance to a crawl.

Now the army’s 72nd infantry brigade is receiving training in combined arms breaching – a mixture of tactics used to overcome such obstacles – as part of a 10-week course at Besmaya, a base south of Baghdad. […]