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Nikki Haley says US not yet pulling out of Syria

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is making clear the United States won’t be pulling troops out of Syria right away.

Haley speaks after US President Donald Trump in a tweet today defended his use of the term “mission accomplished” to describe US-led strikes in Syria. She says US involvement in Syria “is not done.”

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

She tells “Fox News Sunday”: “We’re not going to leave until we know we’ve accomplished those things.”

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

— AP

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley listens as Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari speaks after a vote on a resolution during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria, on April 14, 2018, at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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