State Department Summons Turkish Ambassador After Bloody Brawl in DC

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A video emerged Thursday of Erdogan watching members of his security detail violently clash with protesters in D.C.

The US has summoned the Turkish ambassador after violence erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel in Washington on Tuesday.

"We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms", said Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman.

And that's what we saw playing out later that day near the Turkish embassy grounds, when otherwise peaceful protesters were set upon by Turkish government thugs.

Nine people were hurt and two arrests were made during the altercation, which occurred during the controversial Turkish leader's meeting with Donald Trump on Wednesday.

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House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, a California Republican, called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "to hold individuals accountable" for the attack.

Erdogan said he told the United States that Turkey would not shirk from military engagement if it faced a threat, in a clear reference to the YPG. "This isn't Turkey. This isn't a third-world country, and this kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically, and maybe in other ways".

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The United States sees the YPG as distinct from the PKK and as a valuable partner in the fight against Islamic State. We do not do this here. He said 11 people and one of his officers were injured during the incident, which was partially captured on video by media outlets.

Kheirabadi told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he joined the demonstration, saying "Erdogan is a terrorist" and "Mr. Trump, please say no to Erdogan", when Turkish security staff "just attacked us".

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The video then shows Erdogan's bodyguard standing up outside of the vehicle before appearing to relay commands to another man closer to the protests unfolding on the street outside the embassy. It also fueled the perception that the USA allows Turkey's leader to bring strongman tactics with him when he visits the US capital. In April, the US had criticized Turkish airstrikes against Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq.

"President Trump's embrace of Erdogan is another in the line of similarly warm embrace of autocrats around the globe", Schiff wrote on Facebook. Ankara sees the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, which has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.

"We have long supported Turkey as a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and a key USA ally in the region, and we expect conduct more appropriate to our decades-long partnership".

The Turkish Embassy meanwhile laid the blame on protestors "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president".

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