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Trump, Erdogan Speak About Syria, Iraq, Terrorism

Trump, Erdogan Speak About Syria, Iraq, Terrorism

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Turkey called on President Donald Trump to get rid of Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition to counter Islamic State, over his backing for Kurdish groups it views as its top national security threat.

U.S. support for YPG fighters battling Islamic State in Syria has riled Turkey, which sees the group as an extension of the autonomy-seeking Kurdish PKK group that has fought the Turkish military since the 1980s. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used his meeting with Trump in Washington on Tuesday to personally urge the U.S. leader to rethink the alliance with the Kurdish fighters.