Turkey demands US fire envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds


Another person wrenches a woman's neck and throws her to the ground. Seconds later, a group of men run across the street and start punching and kicking protesters. At least nine people were injured, and several went to the hospital.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used his meeting with Trump in Washington on Tuesday to personally urge the US leader to rethink the alliance with the Kurdish fighters.

"We witnessed what appeared to be a brutal attack on peaceful protesters", a police official said Wednesday.

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".

The man who attacked Borazan has not been identified. "We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms".

Politicians weighed in as well.

And Erdogan remains angry that the United States continues to host Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, a former ally who chose exile in Pennsylvania and who has now been accused of masterminding last year's bloody attempted coup in his homeland. "We do not do this here", Sen. John McCain commented while retweeting the video. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior".

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"I'm still outraged at this Turkish beating", McCain said.

"The actions seen outside the Turkish Embassy yesterday in Washington, D.C. stand in contrast to the First Amendment rights and principles we work tirelessly to protect each and every day", the statement said.

Erdogan, speaking to a group of business leaders in Istanbul, said he told the United States that Turkey would "exercise its rights under the rules of engagement", without consulting anyone, if it faced a threat. He suggested that lawsuits should be filed if the responsible bodyguards can be identified. So far, the two arrests have involved American nationals, though we don't know much about their identity.

Jalal Kheirabadi, 42, of Fairfax, Virginia, charged with assaulting a police officer, refused treatment for cuts to his face.

"Numerous news reports indicate these individuals were members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail who accompanied him on his official state visit this week", Mr Royce wrote.

"Customary worldwide law affords heads of state and members of their entourage with inviolability from arrest and detention", the official said. Erdogan clearly conveyed that message to Trump, without naming names, he said.