Need To Know

GlobalPost’s Tracey Shelton, reporting from Iraq, met and interviewed two teenaged girls who were captured by the Islamic State. They were put through hell. Then they ran.

“They didn’t feed us much. I used to pass out a lot, but I would make trouble for him as much as possible and fight when I could,” Sara said, sitting under a tent in a makeshift camp for the displaced outside Duhok. “Many times I thought of suicide but I kept thinking of my family and my brother. I lived only for them.”

Their stories are horrific. Their survival is inspiring. This is a must-read.

Want To Know

It is easy to be skeptical of the US air campaign in Iraq and Syria given previous misadventures by the American military in the region. But for many, stories like the one above make the intervention easier to accept.

In France, for instance, where the public is typically very wary of joining the United States on foreign military campaigns, the president has faced little public opposition to his decision to join America’s coalition.

“Nobody, or almost nobody, questions the justice of a war against Islamic State,” one veteran French journalist told GlobalPost Senior Correspondent Paul Ames.

Australians, on the other hand, aren’t so much worried about intervening abroad as they are about counterterror operations at home. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is often compared to former US President George W. Bush, reinforced that anxiety when he passed a broad set of new anti-terror laws, raised the terrorism threat alert level (it's now at "high," one step below "extreme"), and passed a bill that would allow for government monitoring of the entire Australian internet.

“Be afraid” seems to be Abbott’s primary message at the moment.

Strange But True

OK, explain this: India went to Mars for $74 million. The same trip cost the United States $671 million. That’s nearly 10 times as much. India’s mission to Mars was even cheaper to make than the 2000 Hollywood flop “Mission to Mars,” which cost $90 million. Here is the mind-blowing chart by GlobalPost's Simran Khosla that breaks it all down. It seems the United States has something to learn from India.