In January of 2021, it was announced that US President-elect Joe Biden had chosen McGurk as the National Security Council’s coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa.
“McGurk supports terrorism and has almost become the PKK/YPG/PYD’s manager,” Erdogan was quoted as saying.“It deeply disturbs me that this man is arm in arm with terrorists in an area where I’m fighting them,” he reportedly said.
The comments were reported in leading Turkish media, indicating that the ruling party wants the comments to be known widely.
The US has also sanctioned Ahrar al-Sharqiya, a Turkey- the backed extremist group, for abuses in October 2019 when Turkey invaded and occupied part of northern Syria.
This means that both Turkey and the US appear to accuse each other of backing terrorists. The main difference is that
groups such as Ahrar al-Sharqiya and HTS have engaged in terrorizing activities against civilians, crushing dissent, and murdering and harassing minorities and women. The US-backed SDF has not engaged in documented terrorist attacks in eastern Syria.
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