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  1. Iranian F-14 fighter jets, like the ones pictured here, have reportedly hit ISIS targets in Iraq.

    In Escalation, Pakistan Says It Downed Indian Jets

    A day after India bombed “terrorist” sites in northwestern Pakistan — the first strike on its neighbor in decades — the Pakistani military claimed it shot down two Indian fighters and captured two pilots, while New Delhi confirmed the loss of one jet and a missing pilot. The strikes across the de-facto border over disputed Kashmir are the most direct conflict between the nations since they became nuclear-armed.

    What are the global consequences? As OZY reports, this complicates the geopolitical balance in South Asia, where the U.S. is negotiating its withdrawal from Afghanistan while China’s building a major shipping route through Pakistan.

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