Turkey demands US fire envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 19, 2017

The minister was in Washington with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who met US President Donald Trump.

Politicians weighed in as well. That Mr. Erdogan has unfortunately been successful in stifling dissent in Turkey doesn't give him licence to come to this country and attack one of its most basic, and cherished, freedoms. "What we saw yesterday - a violent attack on a peaceful demonstration - is an affront to D.C. values and our rights as Americans", said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck says the altercation broke out between two groups but he didn't elaborate on the circumstances.

Cavusoglu said Trump had understood Turkey's position, and did not challenge Erdogan when the Turkish president set out his possible response to the YPG.

The State Department told CNN that it is "working closely with the local authorities concerning this incident", but declined further comment as the investigation is ongoing.

Ayten Necmi, 49, of Woodside, New York, was charged with aggravated assault, police said, after a woman who was thrown to the ground and kicked identified Necmi as her attacker.

A congressional aide told The Associated Press that two members of Erdogan's security detail were detained on the scene Tuesday by diplomatic security agents.

"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.

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

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.

Turkey insists that these YPG militants and their PYD political party are tied to the Kurdish insurgency in Turkey known as the PKK, which the USA, the European Union and Turkey all consider a terrorist organization. Washington sees the YPG as distinct from the PKK and as a valuable partner in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

At their meeting Tuesday, Trump said the USA would re-establish its military and economic partnership with Turkey, committing to backing Turkey's defense against both Islamic State and the PKK.

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