Turkey Demands US Oust ‘Pro-Kurd’ Envoy McGurk

Turkey Demands US Oust ‘Pro-Kurd’ Envoy McGurk | McCain US should ‘throw their ambassador the hell out’

Turkey’s displeasure at US policy in the ISIS war, and particularly at their lack of hostility toward the region’s Kurds, continues apace today, with Turkey demanding the US fire Brett McGurk, the special ambassador in charge of the ISIS war, on the grounds that he is “pro-Kurd.”

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said McGurk, who was initially an Obama appointee, was “definitely supporting the Kurds,” insisting that US-Turkey relations would be improved by his removal from the position. He claimed McGurk was secretly in league with the YPG and by extension the PKK.

The Trump Administration hasn’t responded to the demand for an ouster, but McGurk’s position appears in-line with the rest of the administration on arming the Kurdish YPG and using them against ISIS. Turkey has long objected to this, but it is unusual for them to try to single out a specific target like this.

McGurk isn’t the only ambassador in this relationship potentially in trouble, Sen. John McCain (R – AZ) is demanding the US throw Turkey’s Ambassador “the hell out of the United States of America” after security working for Turkey’s president attacked American protesters.

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  • Fletcher

    I don’t know who that Gulen guy is, but after Erdogon’s goons attacked people on a DC street, someone should consider naming Gulen as the ambassador to Turkey. Then have him make his first announcement be that the US will no longer spend lots of money keeping people and planes at Incirlik.

    Russia made Erdogon pay for his nasty acts, and it took a few months but Erdogon eventually came around. The US needs to learn to do the same. Start telling little tin-pot dictators like Erdogon where to get off. Get tough and then enjoy the picture of Erdogon eventually coming back on his knees.

    • Halit

      Ignorant bastard..
      Look the history of Turkey.
      Othoman empire ruled the world.
      Getting tough with Turkey considered is storm in the tee cup.
      North Korean will teach you lessons soon.
      Get you self a job instead if keep receiving funds to maintain that you are parasite.

  • Schmizer

    New vegetation might be sprouting from the radioactive dust if we ever had listened to McCain’s exhortations for war with just about everyone.

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