Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday called for the removal of Brett McGurk, the top U.S. envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, alleging he supported Kurdish militants.
McGurk, a special presidential envoy, is a holdover from the Obama administration in his current post, but previously also worked for the Bush administration on Iraq.
The special envoy is seen as having a close working relationship with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia which is regarded as being the best fighting force on the ground pushing back Islamic State.
He visited their territory in northern Syria on Tuesday.
Speaking with broadcaster NTV, Cavusoglu accused McGurk of supporting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a militant group inside Turkey fighting the government as part of a more than 30-year insurgency over minority rights.
The PKK is listed by both Washington and Ankara as…
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