Obama names new envoy for troubled anti-IS campaign

US President Barack Obama taps veteran Iraq expert Brett McGurk to coordinate the troubled US campaign against the Islamic State group, the White House says.

Announcing the departure of General John Allen, who steps down after a year marked by setbacks, policy reversals and increasing regional chaos, Obama describes McGurk as “one of my most trusted advisers on Iraq.”

Allen played a key role in trying to hold together the disparate 65-member coalition who have vowed to roll back Islamic State’s territorial gains.


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