Haley says US not pulling out of Syria yet

US Military strikes on Syria in reaction to Syria's chemical weapons use. Cropped Photo: Peter Gronemann and MGN graphic.
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BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is making clear the United States won't be pulling troops out of Syria right away.

Haley spoke after President Donald Trump in a tweet Sunday defended his use of the term "Mission accomplished" to describe U.S.-led strikes in Syria. She says U.S. involvement in Syria "is not done."

Haley says the three U.S. goals for accomplishing its mission are making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm U.S. national interests; that the Islamic state is defeated; and that there is a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

"We're not going to leave until we know we've accomplished those things," says Haley.

Haley reiterates that if Syrian President Bashar Assad uses poison gas again, "the United States is locked and loaded."

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