U.S. detained, released 2 Turkish security officers involved in massive fight

Shortly before Erdogan was due to arrive at the Turkish ambassador's residence, members of his notorious security detail pushed past United States police and assaulted the protest group.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday speaks to the media following meetings with President Trump at the White House.

And that's what we saw playing out later that day near the Turkish embassy grounds, when otherwise peaceful protesters were set upon by Turkish government thugs.

Nine were hurt and two Kurdish protesters were arrested, police said on Wednesday.

House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, a California Republican, called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "to hold individuals accountable" for the attack.

United States officials told Ankara that the YPG would not constitute a threat for Turkey and that arms supplied by Washington would be used in Raqa and in the south, not against Turkey, Cavusoglu said. Videos show people pushing past police to confront a small group of protesters across the street.

Witnesses reportedly said that the protesters were demanding that a pro-Kurdish lawmaker, Selahattin Demirtas, be released from prison in Turkey.

The Turkish Embassy maintains the bodyguards were acting in self defense and that the protesters were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president".

Turkey considers the People's Protection Units, or YPG, in Syria a terror organization and an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade-long insurgency against the Turkish state.

The bloody brawl this week on Washington, D.C.'s Embassy Row is not the first time members of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's entourage have been filmed fighting in public.

In their vigorous but so far faltering attempts to shift US policy, Turkish officials have increasingly taken to blaming disagreements with the Trump administration over Syria on President Barack Obama and, specifically, holdovers from the Obama administration, including McGurk.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", said McCain on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

McCain and California Sen.

"The U.S. Department of State is working closely with local authorities concerning this incident", the spokesperson said.

"Brett McGurk, the USA's special envoy in the fight against Daesh (Islamic State), is definitely and clearly giving support to the PKK and YPG".

There may be issues with diplomatic immunity, Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a news conference Wednesday.

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