US releases 2 Turkish bodyguards after violence

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

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.

The guards' release left the USA struggling to point to anything that amounts to accountability.

Given Erdogan's iron-like grip on his government, it is unlikely that his security detail would have acted without direct orders.

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

According to The Daily Caller, the State Department says it is investigating the brawl but has so far declined to comment on the status of the investigation into the brawl. Video shows Erdogan supporters and bodyguards flooding through the police line and beating protesters on American soil. Another wrenches a woman's neck and throws her to the ground.

Police said 11 people were injured, including a Washington police officer, and two people were arrested for assault.

"This isn't Turkey. This isn't a third-world country", Sen. A video showed two men bleeding from the head, and men in dark suits punching and kicking protesters, some lying on the ground. He then "exited the vehicle and looked directly toward the melee feet away".

"The demonstrators began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president", the embassy said.

"After all, they violated American laws in the United States of America, so you can not have that happen in the United States of America".

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The protesters were mostly Kurds and Armenians, who oppose Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian presidency.

Earlier today, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the Trump administration understood Turkey's position against the YPG. Washington considers the Syrian Kurds an effective force against IS.

The VOA footage zooms in as Erdogan's security detail is seen punching and kicking the protesters.

He accused McGurk, the presidential envoy for the global coalition against IS, of carrying on Obama-era policies.

Several other senators also expressed outrage after Erdogan's bodyguards attacked pro-Kurdish protesters in Washington as he met President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday.

"Our president told his counterpart, clearly and plainly, that we would continue combatting YPG", Mr Cavusoglu said.

"When we take this step, we don't speak or consult with anyone as we don't have any time to waste". The hard line that the Trump administration has wanted to apply to peace-loving immigrants who are in this country illegally must apply to visitors who wantonly break this nation's laws.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said McGurk has "the full support and backing" of Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Turkey regards the PKK as a terrorist group.

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