The Morning Briefing: London Attack, U.S. Shoots Down Syrian Jet, Caesar Interrupted

Happy Monday Morning.

Here's what is on President Trump's agenda today:

  • In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing.
  • The President and First Lady Melania Trump will then welcome President Juan Carlos Varela and Mrs. Varela of Panama.
  • Later in the morning, the President will meet with President Varela.
  • The President will then have a working luncheon with President Varela.
  • In the afternoon, the President will participate in an American Technology Council roundtable and reception.

London: truck plows into crowd leaving one dead, 10 injured

Late last night in London, a white truck veered into worshipers leaving late-night Ramadan prayers. A 48-year-old man has been arrested. Ten people were hurt and one was fatally injured.

Prime Minister Theresa May said police were treating it "as a potential terrorist attack".

Eyewitness Abdul Rahman said the driver said he wanted to "kill all Muslims".

Mr Rahman told the BBC he struck the man and helped subdue him.

"When the guy came out from his van he wanted to escape, run away and he was saying 'I want to kill Muslims. 'I want to kill Muslims.'

"I hit him on his stomach... and then me and the other guys... we held him to the ground until he couldn't move. We stopped him until the police came."

The Muslim Council blamed the attack on Islamophobia.

Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain said: "Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date.

"We expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency."

Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, said, "We don't yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.

"While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect."

We do not have the identity of or any information about the suspect.

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Pentagon: U.S. shoots down Syrian jet

A Syrian fighter jet was shot down by a U.S. aircraft, according to the Pentagon. The airstrike came after the Syrians bombed U.S.-backed fighters in northern Syria.

The Pentagon said the downing of the aircraft came hours after Syrian loyalist forces attacked U.S.-backed fighters, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, in the village of Ja’Din, southwest of Raqqa. The rare attack was the first time a U.S. jet has shot down a manned hostile aircraft in more than a decade, and it signaled the United States’ sharply intensifying role in Syria’s war.

The incident is the fourth time within a month that the U.S. military has attacked pro-Syrian government forces.