1. Russia and Syria launched a coordinated land, sea and air assault on Syrian militants, with Russia firing 26 cruise missiles from ships in the Caspian Sea, more than 900 miles away. International strains over Russia’s muscle-flexing and the Taliban’s gains in Afghanistan are certain to dominate a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels on Thursday.
2. President Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders for the airstrike that destroyed the aid group’s hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz, killing 22. He promised a “transparent, thorough and objective accounting” of the attack, which a U.S. commander called a mistake.