Turkey calls for ouster of Washington’s ISIS war czar McGurk
In the latest sign of a rift between US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed Thursday that the US special envoy to the coalition against ISIS, Brett McGurk, should be removed from his post. The minister claimed in an interview that "McGurk openly supports the (Kurdish) PKK (underground) and (Syrian Kurdish) YPG (militia)" so "it would be beneficial" to oust him. Covusoglu said that both the YPG and the PKK are terrorist organizations.
On Tuesday, while meeting President Trump at the White House, President Erdogan said that from now on his country's military will attack the YPG "without asking anyone".
DEBKAfile: The YPG militia is one of the main military forces currently battling ISIS near Raqqa, the terrorist organization's capital in Syria. The Kurdish forces are under the direct command of US special forces in the northern part of the country.