Brett McGurk (an Obama holdover)—top U.S. envoy in the fight against ISIS, to which Obama referred as ISIL, will depart at the end of the year over a disagreement with President Trump’s military withdrawal from Syria.

From theguardian.com

The US envoy to forces fighting to defeat Islamic State has resigned, over Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria.

Brett McGurk’s resignation follows that of Trump’s defense secretary, James Mattis, who announced his departure this week.

As special presidential envoy for the global coalition to defeat Isis since 2015, McGurk was one of few Obama appointees to stay on under Trump. He is also a former supreme court clerk and served George W Bush as a diplomat, focusing on Iran and Iraq.

CBS News first reported McGurk’s move. Citing anonymous sources, it said he had planned to leave his post in February but had brought his move forward due to a “strong disagreement” with the president’s decision. He will quit at the end of this month and take up a post in academia. The Associated Press said McGurk’s resignation letter to the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, had been described to its reporters.

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