US envoy McGurk openly supporting YPG-PKK, needs to be replaced: Turkish FM

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

Turkey’s foreign minister on Thursday said the US special envoy for the global coalition to fight Islamic State (IS), Brett McGurk, needed to be replaced.

“The Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter Deash [IS] Brett McGurk is openly supporting the PKK and YPG. It will be beneficial if this person is replaced,” the state-owned Anadolu news agency reported.

Cavusoglu was referring to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighting the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Ankara claims the YPG is an extension of.

McGurk has been in North Syria since Tuesday to meet with members of the Raqqa Civilian Council, a body set up to administer the IS-held city once it is captured from the jihadist group, and also convened with the commanders of the YPG-led and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a multi-ethnic force spearheading the assault on Raqqa.