Sadly, we follow the news of the peace prize with updates from the front lines. Dexter Filkins on the air campaign: “Why is the situation turning out so badly? The answers are pretty simple, and they aren’t exactly heartening.”

+ “The kill-chain is very convoluted. Nobody really has the control in the tactical environment.” From The Daily Beast: Air Force pilots say they’re flying blind against ISIS.

+ NPR: “The U.S. has been bombing the Islamic State for two months now, and several developments stand out: The extremists are still on the offensive, the U.S. is struggling to find partners on the ground, and for the first time in a quarter-century, a major U.S. military intervention lacks a formal name.”