What We're Following This Afternoon

‘Direct action’ against ISIS: Defense Secretary Ash Carter is telling Congress that the U.S. “won’t hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL, or conducting such missions directly whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground.” His comments were made to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Update: More here

Another MSF facility hit: Saudi warplanes bombed a health facility run by Doctors Without Borders in Yemen. A Saudi-led coalition is fighting Houthi rebels in the country.

It’s the second time an MSF facility has been hit this month. A U.S. airstrike in Kunduz struck the group’s hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing at least 23 people.

New migrants numbers: The U.N. refugee agency says more than 700,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe this year. UNHCR said 562,355 reached Greece while 140,000 arrived in Italy. Those numbers, along with the arrivals in other European countries, puts the total at about 705,200, the agency said.

Our headlines from the morning are here. In other news, as one Viner puts it, “Hippos are f*cking strong”: