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Kurds flee Kobani, Syria for safety in Turkey.
Kurds flee Kobani, Syria for safety in Turkey.

ISIS ADVANCES INTO KOBANI
ISIS fighters advanced into the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani overnight after a three-week siege and amid intense street fighting with the Kurds, and are now occupying southwestern neighborhoods, Reuters reports. Karwan Zebari, a representative of the Kurdish regional government, told the BBC that the town could fall into ISIS hands unless military aid comes, and he urged Turkey to step up and fight the jihadist group, even as Turkish tanks posted on the border have watched without intervening. In an interview aired yesterday on CNN, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said he wanted a Syrian no-fly zone, a move that would require the U.S.-led coalition to attack the Syrian government forces’ air defenses before intervening.

SPANISH NURSE CONTRACTS EBOLA
A nurse in Spain has tested positive for Ebola after treating two missionaries who later died of the disease at a Madrid hospital. She is the first person to have contracted Ebola outside of Africa. According to Spanish newspaper La Razón, her condition is stable, and her life is not in danger. It is unclear how she contracted the disease, as she is said to have worn protective clothing when she was in contact with the missionaries, but daily El País reports that the clothing was not adapted to this purpose, as it wasn’t fully impermeable and didn’t have its own breathing apparatus.

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Hide-And-Seek Of Drone Warfare, A Letter From Ukraine's Front Line

A member of the Ukrainian Armed Forces writes his account of the new dynamic of targeting, and being targeted by, the invading Russian troops, as drones circle above and trenches get left behind.

A Ukrainian military drone operator during a testing of anti-drone rifle in Kyiv.

Igor Lutsenko*

KYIV — The current war in Ukraine is a game of hide-and-seek. Both sides are very well-stocked with artillery, enough to destroy the enemy along many kilometers. Swarms of drones fly through the air day and night, keeping a close eye on the earth's surface below. If they notice something interesting, it immediately becomes a target. Depending on the priority, they put it in line for destruction by artillery.

Therefore, the only effective way to survive is to hide, or at least somehow prove to the drones your non-priority status — and avoid moving to the front of the 'queue of death.'

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In general, the nature of this queue is a particular thing. It may seem to be a god, but is instead a simple artillery captain's decision of when to have lunch, and when to fire on the house where several enemy soldiers are staying. It's just a handful of ordinary people (observers, artillerymen) deciding how long their enemies will live depending on their own schedule or the weather, the availability of ammunition or if they're feeling tired.

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