Turkey demands US fire envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds


Ankara regards the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which is a USA ally in the fight against Islamic State, as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group fighting a decades-old insurgency in southeastern Turkey.

"The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense", the statement from the Turkish embassy said.

"We are going to pursue everything that's within our legal power to hold the folks that were responsible accountable for their actions", D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a press conference. They have no right to lay their hands on reporters or protesters or anyone else for that matter, when the people they are apparently roughing up seemed to be merely doing their jobs or exercising the rights they have in this country.

"This kind of thing cannot go un-responded to diplomatically", said McCain, suggesting that the USA sue the Turkish government if the bodyguards responsible for the violence can't be identified.

The State Department condemned the attack Wednesday, and police in the nation's capital said they were working to identify the assailants, some of whom were armed.

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On his return to Ankara, the foreign minister said Turkey had been assured that after the operation in Raqqa, territory seized from the jihadists would be handed back to the local Arab population.

Still, the State Department said it was expressing "concern" to Turkey over the incident "in the strongest possible terms".

The background of the two men arrested wasn't immediately clear. Ayten Necmi, 49, was charged with aggravated assault and Jalal Kheirabaoi, 42, was charged with assaulting a police officer.

On May 8, the USA made a decision to arm and equip the YPG inside Syria as it moves to take al-Raqqa city from Islamic State, to deprive it of a key headquarters and its capital.

Video appears to show security forces belonging to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pushing past police and violently breaking up a protest outside the ambassador's diplomatic residence.

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"It happened really fast", he said, insisting that he was trying to defend himself and to protect a police officer, not attack one.

Court paperwork spells his name Kheirabaoi, but he said that is incorrect.

"We are facing a picture where terrorist organisations are constantly supported, strengthened and are confronting us".

He visited their territory in northern Syria on Tuesday. Turkey, the United States and European Union consider the PKK a terrorist organization.

In their Oval Office meetings Tuesday, Trump did not mention Erdogan's increasingly tight grip on power in Turkey or allegations of irregular elections under his leadership.

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The security detail, he continued, violated American laws on United States ground, and that can not happen. Erdogan said he warned Trump that Turkey would combat YPG if the group posed any security threat.