Print Edition - 2017-05-19  |  World News Digest

Turkey calls for ouster of US ambassador

- Agencies, ISTANBUL

May 19, 2017-

Turkey called Thursday for the removal of the US diplomat coordinating the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, accusing him of backing Syrian Kurdish militias. Washington and Ankara are bitterly at odds over US support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, which Turkey considers a front for banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party separatists. “Brett McGurk is definitely giving support to PKK and YPG. It would be useful if this person was replaced,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told NTV television. Last year, McGurk visited YPG members who controlled the Syrian town of Kobane, which drew Turkey’s wrath.

Published: 19-05-2017 09:17

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