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Wanted: A United States strategy on Syria

Wanted: A United States strategy on Syria

The West has accused Syria of failing to live up to its commitment to scrap its chemical weapons programme under a deal reached between the United States and Russian Federation.

In a separate interview, Haley told CBS News that new sanctions against Russian Federation, which has forces in Syria supporting the Assad regime, would be announced Monday that would "go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use".

He was speaking to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by telephone the day after US-led strikes on suspected chemical weapons facilities.

The Western countries blame Assad for the Douma attack that killed dozens of people.

Russia's Ministry of Defense claimed Syria's air defense systems intercepted 71 out of 105 missiles launched at three sites in Syria early Saturday morning local time in the airstrikes carried out by the United States, Great Britain and France in response to concern Assad's forces carried out a chemical attack against civilians in the rebel-held town of Douma last weekend that killed more than 70 people. "That doesn't mean that the Syrians can't re-create the chemical weapons to use again".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs.

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"The U.S. mission has not changed - the president has been clear that he wants U.S. forces to come home as quickly as possible", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. The Pentagon confirmed the airstrikes hit three sites: a scientific research facility in the capital, Damascus, and chemical weapons storage facilities, as well as an important command post near Homs. Moscow condemned the Western states for refusing to wait for the OPCW's findings before attacking.

Ryabkov also said Russian Federation would study a United Nations resolution on Syria proposed by the US, France and Britain, but added that it would be hard to reach a compromise on the issue, TASS reported.

Former CIA director John Brennan, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press", said he believed the Trump administration's decision to strike Syria "was exactly right".

Haley said the U.S. would not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished.

A Pentagon spokesperson told Reuters: "There is no U.S. military activity in that area at this time".

France, the United States and Britain circulated a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council late Saturday that aims to establish an independent inquiry into who is responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.