FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2017 file photo, Brett McGurk, U.S. special presidential envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition, speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington. At a news conference in Irbil, Iraq on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, McGurk called on Kurdish leaders in Iraq to halt its contentious independence referendum in favor of an alternative. The envoy said that Brussels, Washington, Paris, London and Baghdad had cooperatively developed an alternative plan to the contentious referendum.
FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2017 file photo, Brett McGurk, U.S. special presidential envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition, speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington. At a news conference in Irbil, Iraq on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, McGurk called on Kurdish leaders in Iraq to halt its contentious independence referendum in favor of an alternative. The envoy said that Brussels, Washington, Paris, London and Baghdad had cooperatively developed an alternative plan to the contentious referendum. Susan Walsh, File AP Photo
FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2017 file photo, Brett McGurk, U.S. special presidential envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition, speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington. At a news conference in Irbil, Iraq on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, McGurk called on Kurdish leaders in Iraq to halt its contentious independence referendum in favor of an alternative. The envoy said that Brussels, Washington, Paris, London and Baghdad had cooperatively developed an alternative plan to the contentious referendum. Susan Walsh, File AP Photo

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September 14, 2017 10:40 AM