These boots are on the ground. Despite President Obama’s careful syntax, American special forces are heavily involved in fighting ISIS in Iraq. The tale of soldiers like Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler — the first of three Americans killed in action — shows battle-hardened Americans leading the charge. As it continues to lose ground, ISIS has reverted to guerrilla tactics like car bombs, while Americans are working closely with Kurds preparing to retake Mosul — where the Islamic State first captured U.S. weapons and attention — in the biggest counteroffensive to date.