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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
A Saudi woman has been named to a senior government post for the first time, authorities said on Sept. 27 shortly after a ban on women drivers was lifted as the conservative kingdom takes steps to modernize its image.
The operation to liberate Syria’s Raqqa from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) should start after operations to retake Mosul from jihadists and Turkey’s Euphrates Shield Operation end, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said Oct. 31.
Syrian state media said Oct. 30 that rebels had fired shells containing toxic gas into government-held parts of Aleppo, leaving dozens of people including civilians in need of treatment, while the rebels made gains in the city.
Syria’s army said on Oct. 31 that the Nusra Front and what the army called other terrorist groups had killed 84 people, mostly women and children, in Aleppo during the past three days, in a bombardment that included chemical weapons and rocket fire.
Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi on Oct. 29 rejected a U.N. peace proposal for his war-battered country, as air strikes by his Saudi-led coalition allies killed at least 60 rebels, inmates, and civilians.
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Six Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) members have been killed in clashes to take control of three towns in al-Rai, while Turkey hit 99 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and four Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) targets, the army said.
Turkey will reinforce its troop deployments in the border town of Silopi amid a possible Shiite offensive to liberate Tal Afar, which has a sizeable ethnic Turkmen population and is considered a sensitive target for Ankara, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said.
The Lebanese parliament elected former army commander Michel Aoun as president on Oct. 31, ending a 29-month presidential vacuum as part of a political deal that is expected to make Sunni Muslim leader Saad al-Hariri prime minister.
ANKARA - Anadolu Agency
Turkey hit 50 ISIL and 15 PKK/PYD targets as part of Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria, the military said on Oct 29
An Afghan woman immortalized on a National Geographic magazine cover is to be freed on bail days after being arrested in Pakistan for fraud, a government minister said Oct. 30.
BAGHDAD – Agence France-Presse
The Hashed al-Shaabi, a paramilitary umbrella organization dominated by Iran-backed Shiite militias launched an operation on Oct. 29 to retake the town of Tal Afar from ISIL