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USA detained, released 2 Turkish security officers involved in massive fight

USA detained, released 2 Turkish security officers involved in massive fight

"We should throw the Turkish ambassador out of the country, we should identify those people that performed these unlawful acts of beating people up and they should be charged", McCain told reporters.

Earlier on Tuesday, Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House, where the two leaders vowed to fix their countries' relationship and re-establish an economic and military partnership.

The Turkish embassy did not respond to questions about why video evidence contradicts their statement or whether they believe violent attacks are an appropriate response to protests.

Meanwhile, US senator John McCain, has called for Turkey's ambassador to the US to be removed from the country following a brawl outside his Washington DC residence earlier this week.

Newsham said D.C. police are working with the Secret Service and State Department to identify the people who instigated the violence, and whether the men in dark suits, some with guns, are members of Erdogan's protective detail.

"We strongly condemn the violence that took place yesterday (Tuesday, May 16 - Ed.) outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington", the senators said in a statement Wednesday.

Nauert said in her statement that the United States respects Turkey's concerns about its approach, and will continue regular consultations on the issue.




The YPG is the Syrian branch of the Turkish Kurdish Workers Party, the PKK, a Marxist group that has been trying since 1984 to carve out a separatist state from Turkey.

Washington's Metropolitan Police Department said it had arrested two USA residents Ayten Necmi, 49, and Jalal Kheirabadi, 42, over the incident.

This is not the first time that Erdogan's entourage has been embroiled in a physical fight with protesters on USA soil.

The melee followed an otherwise uneventful Oval Office meeting between President Trump and Erdogan at which the two agreed to fight terrorism, Erdogan's definition of "terrorists" sadly including just about anyone who disagrees with him. "It is another thing for us, as Americans, to see that exported to the United States", Hamparian said.

I don't have anything non-obvious to say about this. It was unclear if they were members of Mr Erdogan's security.

Police said the fighting outside the Turkish ambassador's residence on Tuesday injured 11 people, including a Washington police officer, and led to two arrests for assault.

A Thursday write-up from U.S. News and World Report noted that Erdoğan "sat in the back seat of a vehicle" as the altercation began.


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