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US Envoy Leading the Fight against ISIS Resigns after US Troop Pullout from Syria

  • The US special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat IS, Brett McGurk, has reportedly resigned after the US President Donald Trump announced the decision to pull out troops from Syria. He was scheduled to depart in February 2019. President Trump called this sudden resignation a “nothing event”. The resignation decision of McGurk came after Defence Secretary Jim Mattis announced his decision to quit. 45-year old McGurk was appointed as the head to fight ISIS militants by the Obama Administration back in 2015. In his resignation letter, Brett McGurk had reportedly mentioned that the ISIS militants are currently on the run but not yet defeated completely. He went on to say “I ultimately concluded I could not carry out these new instructions and maintain my integrity”.