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US officials criticize Turkey after attack on DC protesters

US officials criticize Turkey after attack on DC protesters

John McCain says that the Turkish ambassador should be expelled from the USA after members of the Turkish presidential security detail beat up protesters outside of the Turkish embassy earlier this week. Even as officials vowed an investigation, the guards were already safely back in Turkey with Erdogan, dampening any prospects for holding them accountable. "Turkey and the USA will together run an active combat against the PKK".

It's not clear to what extent President Erdogan's full security team was involved.

"There must be consequences", Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, said Thursday.

"We urge all people of good will to condemn this latest affront by Turkey on basic freedoms and call upon Congress and the Administration to do so as well".

The suspects - identified by police as 49-year-old Ayten Necmi and Jalal Kheirabaoi, 42 - were arrested Tuesday after fighting broke out between rival groups of protesters following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's arrival at the residence.

Attacking the small group of protesters with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others were recorded repeatedly kicking one woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk. Another person wrenches a woman's neck and throws her to the ground. A man with a bullhorn is repeatedly kicked in the face. Almost a dozen people were injured. This is the United States of America, this isn't Turkey, this isn't a third-world country. He later exits the vehicle and peers toward the chaos.

The Turkish embassy released a statement on May 17 that contradicted USA officials and video evidence, blaming instead the demonstrators, who, it said, had been "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president".

Korean officials seek to mend rift with meetings
Lee first met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi after his arrival in the Chinese capital, and they shared their opinions. In July 2016, Washington and Seoul reached an agreement on placing a US THAAD system in South Korean territory.

Speaking with broadcaster NTV, Cavusoglu accused McGurk of supporting the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a militant group inside Turkey fighting the government as part of a more than 30-year insurgency over minority rights.

McGurk visited Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria on May 17 and met with YPG commanders, according to Kurdish media.

The council has been set up to manage the city once IS fighters have been ousted. Turkey sees them as a PKK extension and existential threat to Turkish sovereignty.

The minister said Trump's new USA administration seems more understanding about Turkey's security concerns.

"The weapons provided will only be used in Raqqa and its south, they will absolutely not be used against Turkey, this will not be allowed", Cavusoglu said.

Erdogan also said that the USA had made up its mind on Raqa, which meant Turkey could not join the operation "under the current circumstances", referring to the YPG's involvement.


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