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US envoy Brett McGurk quits over Trump Syria pullout

US envoy Brett McGurk quits over Trump Syria pullout

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A top US official in the fight against the Islamic State group has quit over President Trump's decision to pull troops from Syria, reports say.Brett McGurk, the US special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat IS, brought his departure forward from February.Before Mr Trump's announcement he had insisted that the US would continue working against IS in Syria.It follows the resignation of Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday.Gen Mattis had also opposed withdrawing troops from Syria as well as reducing the US presence in Afghanistan.Mr McGurk is an experienced diplomat who was appointed to his current role in 2015 under the Obama administration.In early December he told reporters: "We want to stay on the ground a...