It isn’t the most welcome turn of events as NATO and Russia try to figure out how they can work together against a common enemy in Syria and Iraq when they have allies on the ground bitterly opposed to each other. It’s also a rare event: A NATO country hasn’t shot down a Russian jet since 1952. Turkish forces said they warned the Russian plane 10 times to change course. The plane, the Associated Press reported, was in Turkish airspace for a grand total of 17 seconds – and when it crashed, it crashed on the Syrian side of the border.
ROCKETS IN IRAQ: Think Russia is the only one stepping up its fight against the Islamic State? So is the United States – but more subtly, through rocket artillery, and its efforts are focused more in Iraq than Syria. The Washington Post reports about the new weapons being used in the latest U.S.-led coalition strikes.
KUNDUZ REPORT: The official report on why the U.S. military struck a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan isn’t due out until today, but The New York Times reports that human error is going to be fingered as the main culprit. The report is expected to say that the crew of the gunship that fired on the hospital wasn’t able to rely on their instruments to find the target they were after, and fired on the hospital mistakenly, thinking it was the target that American and Afghan forces on the ground were describing. Doctors Without Border has said that the strike is a war crime.