Turkey demands US replace envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds


The U.S. State Department has summoned Turkish Ambassador in Washington Serdar Kılıç on May 17 over a street brawl outside the Turkish diplomatic mission that erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit, sources have told the Hürriyet Daily News.

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

President Donald Trump meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Oval Office. At least nine people were injured, and several went to the hospital. Another person wrenches a woman's neck and throws her to the ground.

Some of the protesters were knocked down and kicked repeatedly in the head.

Footage shows men kicking protesters. He later exits the vehicle and peers toward the chaos.

The Turkish embassy responded on Wednesday with a statement saying that Erdogan's bodyguards acted in "self-defense" against the protesters, who were accused of being terrorism sympathizers.

The embassy alleged, without evidence, that the demonstrators were associated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade-long insurgency against Turkey and is considered a terrorist group by the United States.

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He visited their territory in northern Syria on Tuesday.

The council has been set up to manage the city once IS fighters have been ousted. Washington considers the Syrian Kurds an effective force against IS. The statement said that the USA communicated its concerns to the Turkish government "in the strongest possible terms".

Erdogan also said that the U.S. 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.

On his return to Ankara, the foreign minister said Turkey had been assured that after the operation in Raqqa, territory seized from the jihadists would be handed back to the local Arab population. "We will take such a step and we won't discuss it or consult with anyone".

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said McGurk has done "tremendous work" in coordinating and leading the global coalition against IS, and has the support of the White House and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Turkey has called for the removal of the USA official coordinating the worldwide coalition purportedly fighting Daesh Takfiri terrorists in Iraq and Syria amid growing tensions between Ankara and other members of the Washington-led alliance.

"This is the United States of America, this isn't Turkey, this isn't a third-world country, and this kind of thing can not go un-responded to diplomatically and maybe in other ways", McCain continued.