By FX Holden

While Superpowers dueled in the skies above, she fought to keep her mother and sister alive …

Backed by Russian air power, Syria has begun an operation to push Turkish troops out of Northern Syria. Despite US efforts not to get dragged into the conflict, the US 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines ‘Lava Dogs’, find their hilltop combat outpost encircled and their Kurdish allies under siege. Further west, a Syrian armored advance across the border into Turkey pivots, threatening US troops at the Turkish and NATO air base of Incirlik. But will Syria be satisfied with reclaiming its northern border region, or is the operation just the first move in a bolder plan to regain lost territories?

INSIDE KOBANI, Kurdish Women’s Protection Unit sniper, Daryan Al-Kobani, is fighting for her people, her city and her mother and sister, hunting a Russian sniper who shoots to grievously wound his victims, not to kill.

AT COMBAT OUTPOST MEYER on the top of Mishte-nur Hill, Lava Dog Gunner James Jensen is field testing the latest in autonomous ground weapons systems, the Legged Squad Support System ‘Hunter’. And finding the weapons system’s AI has more than a few potentially lethal bugs.

AT INCIRLIK AIR BASE, laser air defense Tactical Control Assistant, Sergeant Alessa Barruzzi, struggles to keep her battery operational against an enemy who attacks with both cyber, electronic and unconventional weapons.

COALITION ALLIES, pilots Karen ‘Bunny’ O’Hare and ‘Meany’ Papastopolous, find themselves fighting for survival in the air over Turkey when Russia decides to unleash its newest stealth fighter on the battlefield, the Su-57 ‘Felon’, and change the rules of engagement.

AND IN ISTANBUL, cyber-warfare analysts Shimi Kahane of Israel’s Unit 8200, and Carl Williams, of the US NSA, put together the pieces of an intelligence puzzle codenamed ‘Operation Butterfly’.

Featuring high octane action and memorable characters, KOBANI explores a near-future conflict in which Russia stages the biggest test of US strategic resolve since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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