U.S., UK and France launch airstrike on Syria overnight

Liz Brown | April 14, 2018 in World News

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The United States, French and British forces have struck targets in Syria in retaliation against the chemical weapons attack many believe Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad initiated last weekend.

The U.S.'s guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) has been deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

This morning, Pentagon Chief Spokesperson, Dana W. White provided a briefing on the U.S. Department of Defense's operations, along with U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr.

U.S. President, Donald Trump, announced the ordered military strike late last night.

Russia has issued a warning to the allied forces.

The Embassy of Russia released a statement last night saying that Russia warned Washington, London and Paris that "such actions will not be left without consequences."

"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented...Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible," continued the spokesperson.

This morning, the UN Security Council is holding an Emergency Meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York City, in response to the U.S. airstrike on Syria.

Watch the UN Security Council meeting live here:

Members will meet and discuss the Middle East and threats to international peace and security.

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The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, is calling on the international community to avoid any actions which could lead to an escalated crisis in Syria.

He made an appeal on Friday, just hours after the U.S., France and Britain launched the airstrikes.

"There's an obligation, particularly when dealing with matters of peace and security, to act consistently with the Charger of the United Nations and with international law in general," said Guterres.

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"I urge all Member States to show restraint in these dangerous circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people."

Earlier this morning, Trump tweeted a thank you to his allied forces, adding "Mission Accomplished!"

(Feature photo by: Getty Images; The guided-missile cruiser, USS Monterey (CG 61) fires a Tomahawk land attack missile at Syria as part of an allied strike on Apr. 14, 2018).

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