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Anti-Daesh envoy McGurk key in US arming of Iranian-backed militia, officials say

Bill Roggio
13th November 2017 - Quoted by Daily Sabah

U.S. officials have agreed that Iranian-backed militias could be using American-made arms and that Brett McGurk, the anti-Daesh envoy appointed during by former U.S. President Barack Obama, had a key role in enabling policies that helped arm the militants, the conservative Washington Free Beacon said in a piece on Monday, citing American officials.

"Lawmakers and others have singled out Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, as playing a key role in enabling policies that help arm Iranian backed forces," the website said, using an alternative acronym for the Daesh terrorist group.

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The website also referred to a comment by Bill Roggio, a veteran military analyst and editor of the Long War Journal, which chronicles U.S. military efforts. According to Roggio, the drive to defeat Daesh has pushed senior U.S. military and diplomatic officials to ignore Iran's growing role in Iraq.

"The U.S. military and government has been so desperate to defeat ISIS that it has consciously ignored that its allies in Iraq and Syria include Shia militias backed by Iran and the PKK, which is designated by the U.S. government as a foreign terrorist organization," Roggio was quoted as saying in the piece.

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