The militant group has stepped up attacks in Iraq, seeking to exploit cracks in Baghdad’s alliance with the U.S.-led coalition and new security challenges resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
Brett McGurkTRUE: "The increase in attacks ... comes after the US pulled back in both Iraq and Syria, creating gaps for Islamic State to exploit." Trump abandoned Syria, then Qaim, Taqaddum, Qayyarah, & K1 in Iraq. All key areas. Meant to be sustained. Not smart.
He left my life when I needed him most. And then he came back.
Brett McGurkI lost my dad earlier this year. We had a hard relationship. In the midst of COVID and so many suffering alone, I wrote this essay on my experience with an estranged father and sudden loss. Not something I normally write. Love your parents while you can. 🙏🏻
Thread by @brett_mcgurk: Watching this clip of Dr. Birx, five of my own observations after serving in the Trump administration: 1. You can’t crazy: On any issue, the crazy will catch up to you 2. There’s no policy: You’re always a Tweet away from...
One oil price went negative on Monday, signaling that there is no place to store all the crude the world is producing but not using.
Brett McGurk@dauber This @nytimes story has a good lay-down of the storage problems. US can fill 500k b/d in the strategic reserve. We can max it out but still a disaster for domestic industry. Middle East producers less effected. Russia happy to see shale collapse. Not good.
Get the facts and latest updates on the Administration's response to Ebola.
Brett McGurk3. President Obama built a coalition of over 60 countries and mobilized American resources and expertise to contain and defeat the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa. He appointed a senior coordinator @RonaldKlain to lead this successful response.👇
The United States has an urgent interest in filling the global leadership void during this stateless scourge.
Brett McGurkMy essay this morning in @TheAtlantic on the crippling absence of American diplomacy and leadership against a global threat that the United States cannot defeat alone. It’s compounding our late and disorganized domestic response. Some key points below.
Brett McGurkDespite this clear warning from our Intelligence Community, the Trump administration seems to have done little to prepare, and even sought to cut 80 percent of our epidemic prevention resources across the globe. This article is from 2018.👇
Trump’s Iran imbroglio undermines U.S. priorities everywhere else.
Brett McGurkPleased to publish this “step back” piece with @ForeignAffairs: how a maximalist Iran policy is irreconcilable with Trump’s own national security strategy. Pursuing unlimited goals with limited commitment and means is folly. The price of incoherence 👉
Omar Ameen came to the U.S. to escape the violence in Iraq. Now he’s accused of being a member of an ISIS hit squad.
Brett McGurkThis story is totally insane. If the Trump administration won’t contest extradition (instead they're goosing it to support false claims on refugee processing) then Iraq should drop the case against a clearly innocent man.
The Pentagon’s recently departed Middle East policy chief addresses the administration’s handling of Turkey’s Syria invasion and response to Iranian attacks.
Brett McGurkMick Mulroy has devoted his life to serving our country. He recently left his position handling the Middle East file at DoD. Now minces no words on an unnecessary “capitulation” in Syria. Also critiques current policy towards Iran as a shifting goalpost.👇
Footage shows jets flying over Ankara to test new system, despite US and Nato opposition to deal
Brett McGurkTen days after Erdogan visits Trump in the White House, Turkey flies NATO aircraft to test its new Russian S400 missile system, as Turkish-backed extremists reportedly continue operations in NE Syria. Embarrassing.
US-led Coalition forces on Thursday finalized their withdrawal from the Kobani region, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) official told Kurdistan 24, as Russian forces entered the base.
Brett McGurkKobani is a predominantly Kurdish area and site of the turning point against ISIS in 2015. This military facility was later critical to the defeat of ISIS’s so-called caliphate. Unfortunately for the Kurds, there’s no oil in the area.
We can’t reverse the reckless decision that unraveled northeastern Syria and sent America’s allies fleeing for their lives. But we can grant those partners asylum.
Brett McGurkSince Trump’s Oct 6 call with Erdogan: 180k displaced; war crimes; areas US abandoned carved up between Erdogan and Putin. The least we can do is provide refuge for those who worked with us and need it. My @nytimes oped with Jon Finer.
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper's visit to Baghdad (all times local): 12:50 p.m. Iraq's defense minister has said after meeting U.S. Defense Secretary...
Brett McGurkIt’s unfortunate that US officials apparently never asked or coordinated with Iraq before announcing that our troops withdrawing from Syria would remain in Iraq. Losing these forces altogether removes a significant capability against ISIS. Major loss.