Tensions rose between Turkey and Syria after five people in a Turkish border town were killed by Syrian shelling. Turkish artillery responded, killing several Syrian soldiers near the town of Tel Abyad.
Fighting continued in between President Assad’s forces and rebels in Syria’s second city of Aleppo, as at least 40 people were killed in explosions.
Iraqi officials reported that September has been the country’s deadliest month for two years. At least 365 people were killed in attacks, carried out mainly by Sunni extremists against Shias, who dominate the government.