Coalition To Defeat ISIS Envoy Resigns After Trump’s Syrian Withdrawal

The US special envoy running the coalition to defeat ISIS has quit following Trump’s Syria pullout and Defense Secretary James Mattis’s resignation.

Brett McGurk had planned to leave his role in 2019 but moved up his departure date following Trump’s snap decision to pull US troops out of Syria and Mattis’s decision to quit his post, according to NBC News.

“McGurk informed Pompeo of his decision last night. Last day is Dec 31. McGurk had planned to leave in February but moved up his timeline,” Josh Lederman reported.

Prior to Trump’s announcement McGurk had insisted that the US would continue working against ISIS in Syria.

“We want to stay on the ground and make sure that stability can be maintained in these areas,” he said. “It would be reckless if we were just to say, well, the physical caliphate is defeated, so we can just leave now. I think anyone who’s looked at a conflict like this would agree with that.”

Brett McGurk
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The special envoy submitted his resignation on Friday, just one day after Mattis quit his post citing fundamental disagreements with Trump, including the importance of honoring U.S. alliances, according to CBS News.

McGurk was publicly left in a difficult position by Trump’s sudden decision on Wednesday to pull U.S. forces out of Syria, without consulting U.S. Allies and against the advice of his top national security advisers.

The special envoy’s resignation takes effect December 31 and he is expected to take a post at Stanford in spring 2019.

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