Thursday, May 18, 2017
Turkey Wants President Trump To Fire U.S. Anti-ISIS Envoy McGurk
Bloomberg: Turkey Calls on Trump to Fire Obama Appointee McGurk
* Obama-era appointees are poisoning U.S.-Turkey ties: Cavusoglu
* Turkish foreign minister speaks after Erdogan-Trump meeting
Turkey called on President Donald Trump to get rid of Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition to counter Islamic State, over his backing for Kurdish groups it views as its top national security threat.
U.S. support for YPG fighters battling Islamic State in Syria has riled Turkey, which sees the group as an extension of the autonomy-seeking Kurdish PKK group that has fought the Turkish military since the 1980s. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used his meeting with Trump in Washington on Tuesday to personally urge the U.S. leader to rethink the alliance with the Kurdish fighters.
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Update #1: Turkey calls for ouster of US envoy for anti-IS coalition (AFP)
Update #2: Turkey calls for US anti-IS envoy to be replaced over alleged support for PKK (Middle East Eye).
Update #3: Turkey Wants U.S. Envoy on Islamic State Removed Over Kurdish Policy (US News and World Report/Reuters)
WNU Editor: What the Turks are really upset is this .... U.S. weapons help tighten noose on ISIS, but 1 ally isn't happy (CBS), and being told that their involvement in the Raqqa operation was not needed.