US President assigns Brett McGurk as Special ambassador to US-led alliance for fighting IS [ Current Affairs ]


About Brett McGurk: McGurk was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 20 April 1973. He graduated from Conard High School in 1991. McGurk is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law.

  • After his graduation, McGurk work for three successive clerkships, at increasingly higher ranks of the federal judiciary.
  • On 26 March 2012, McGurk was nominated to become the next United States Ambassador to Iraq but he withdrew himself from being considered.

About his appointment:

  • Brett McGurk is a long - time and most trusted White House adviser on Iraq.
  • He will succeed the retiring General John Allen who had led the global coalition’s campaign against IS militants in Iraq since its inception in 2014.
  • US - led coalition’s task of toppling Syrian President Bashar al - Assad led government has become more complex since intervention of Russia and Iran.
  • Since then the US policy on Syria as floundered faced several setbacks, policy reversals and increased regional chaos.
  • President Barack Obama also scrapped a 600 million dollar mission to train Syrian opposition fighters to take on IS.

- Published on: October 29, 2015