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U.S. State Department says special envoy McGurk resigns

 U.S. State Department says special envoy McGurk resigns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Brett McGurk, the special envoy for the global coalition to defeat Islamic State, submitted his resignation on Friday, effective Dec. 31, a U.S. State Department official said on Saturday.

A person familiar with the matter said McGurk has quit because he objected to President Donald Trump's decision to pull out U.S. troops from Syria, a decision followed by the resignation of U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis a day later. CBS reported McGurk's resignation earlier on Saturday.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk)

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Updated Date: Dec 23, 2018 00:06:30 IST

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