Turkey demands US fire envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds

Postado Mai 19, 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used his meeting with Trump in Washington on Tuesday to personally urge the USA leader to rethink the alliance with the Kurdish fighters. Video of the melee showed suited men believed to be working for Erdogan attacking protesters in the street outside of the residence.

Turkey is ready to retaliate if it faces a threat from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and will not shirk from launching a military campaign if need be, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

"Police did not heed Turkish demands to intervene", the news agency said, and Erdoğan's security team and Turkish citizens moved in and "dispersed them".

While the video shows some cops using their batons and pushing Turks away from the protesters, Newsham argued "police involvement in that case was very dicey because there were some people up there that had firearms, and they had to safely restore order". Before the attack, demonstrators were chanting and holding up signs demanding the release of Selahattin Demirtaş, chairman of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and the party's 2014 presidential candidate, who was arrested by the Erdoğan regime in November.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said McGurk has "the full support and backing" of Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The Department of State said in a statement on Wednesday that Turkish security personnel had played a role in the incident and voiced its concern to the Turkish government.

Politicians weighed in as well.

"This is the United States of America. We do not do this here", Sen. The senator called for charges against those involved.

The Turkish Embassy, in a statement Wednesday, described the protest as "unpermitted" and "provocative". He suggested that lawsuits should be filed if the responsible bodyguards can be identified.

The background of the two men arrested wasn't immediately clear.

He said there should be repercussions against Turkey for allowing such a violent put-down of a peaceful demonstration and called for the attackers to be identified and criminally charged.

Erdogan had been in Washington to visit with Presidnet Donald Trump and protesters gathered outside of the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, said The Guardian.

Court paperwork spells his name Kheirabaoi, but he said that is incorrect. Online court records say he must return to court June 1 and Necmi on July 12.

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey's leader told Donald Trump that his country will keep on fighting Syrian Kurdish militants even though they are a key US ally against the Islamic State group, Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday, adding that a top USA envoy should be fired for backing the Kurds.

The U.S. sees the Syrian Kurds as its best battlefield partner on the ground in northern Syria.

The United States said it summoned Turkey's ambassador to the State Department, where the No. 2-ranked USA diplomat raised concerns about the security detail for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington, after they were captured on video violently breaking up a protest.

Erdogan responded that there is there is no place for any Kurdish "terrorist organizations" in any agreement about the region's future.