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    The US special envoy to the anti-Daesh coalition has the full backing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the White House, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told Sputnik on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Brett McGurk, the US special envoy to the coalition against Daesh (banned in Russia), has the full backing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the White House despite Turkey’s calls for him to be replaced, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told Sputnik on Thursday.

    Earlier in the day, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called for McGurk to be replaced, claiming he supported the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a designated terror group in the United States and Turkey, and the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), a coalition member that Ankara maintains is linked to the PKK.

    "The Administration commends the tremendous work that he has done to date to coordinate and lead the Coalition in achieving significant progress against Daesh in Syria, Iraq, and in turning the tide against this barbaric enemy," Nauert stated. "Mr. McGurk has the full support and backing of Secretary Tillerson and the White House."

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