The United States and some Gulf allies have launched air strikes inside Syria against Islamic State militants.
A combination of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk attack missiles sounds like a formidable barrage so if intelligence about where the militants are is good, a significant blow could have been dealt.
Washington said Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar were involved though their precise role is unclear. It made no mention of European involvement and Britain has said it was not part of it.
The targets included Raqqa city, the headquarters of Islamic State, an extremist Sunni Muslim force that has seized large expanses of territory in Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate. President Barack Obama will be in New York later for the U.N. General Assembly where he will try to rally more nations behind his drive to take on IS.
Flash September PMI surveys for the euro zone, Germany and France will give the latest snapshot of how well the euro zone has recovered from a dismal second quarter of the year, if at all. China’s equivalent has defied gloomy expectations by picking up momentum and edging into expansionary territory.