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The ground forces commander for Operation Inherent Resolve, Army Major General Joseph Martin, briefed reporters Wednesday on reports that ISIS used chemical weapons against Iraqi soldiers and U.S. and Australian advisors on Saturday in West Mosul, Iraq.

Why it happened:

ISIS is reeling from defeat after defeat across the country…I've never seen them so disorganized.

Martin said we are "likely to see more atrocities from ISIS as it becomes more desperate."

What we know about the attack: Maj. Gen. Martin said "the chemicals they've used in the past have been low-grade" because ISIS has a "low production capability." CBS reports ISIS used a mustard agent, and that 25 Iraqis needed treatment.

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Boris Johnson announces month-long COVID-19 lockdown in U.K.

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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday outlined his plan for the country's second coronavirus lockdown as the nation topped the 1 million case mark, per Johns Hopkins University data.

Details: Starting Thursday, people in England must stay at home, and bars and restaurants will close except for takeout. All non-essential retail will also be shuttered. Inter-mingling between households and outbound international travel or out-of-home boarding will be prohibited. The new measures will last through at least December 2.

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The massive early vote

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Early voting in the 2020 election across the U.S. on Saturday had already reached 65.5% of 2016's total turnout, according to state data compiled by the U.S. Elections Project.

Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic and its resultant social-distancing measures prompted a massive uptick in both mail-in ballots and early voting nationwide, setting up an unprecedented and potentially tumultuous count in the hours and days after the polls close on Nov. 3.

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