“An IED detonated and a female suicide bomber blew herself up in a crowded market in the eastern neighborhood of Al-Shaab. More than two dozen people died in that attack.” And that was just one of the several bombings in Iraq on Tuesday where at least 68 people were killed.

+ The phrase fog of war just doesn’t do justice to the complexities faced by special forces and their commanders in Afghanistan. In the NYT Magazine, Matthieu Aikins looks back at the destruction of a Doctors Without Borders hospital: “There is evidence — both buried in the report and from interviews conducted on the front lines in Kunduz — that suggests that Afghan troops may have deliberately provided the hospital as a target.”