US Complains To Turkey Over Embassy Violence

Erdogan says Turkey will act if Syrian Kurdish militia attacks media

Erdogan says Turkey will act if Syrian Kurdish militia attacks media

The descent of Turkey into a strongman state is discouraging, and there's no sign that it's going to turn around any time soon.

The US police also branded the incident as a "brutal attack" on peaceful protesters. "We also said this: If terror organizations pose a threat for us we will use our self-defense right and do what is necessary".

The statement said that the USA communicated its concerns to the Turkish government "in the strongest possible terms".

Two people were arrested as the result of the incident, which left a total of nine people injured - two of whom were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior", he tweeted.

"The Metropolitan Police Department will continue investigating the incident and will work with federal partners to ensure justice is served", said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

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. Two people were arrested. He said police were examining video to identify those responsible.

He said there should be repercussions against Turkey for allowing such a violent put-down of a peaceful demonstration and called for the attackers to be identified and criminally charged. Foreign security guards kicking and stomping US protesters in the nation's capital did not sit well in Washington. Turkey's Anadolu state news agency acknowledged that Erdogan's security detail targeted protesters, but blamed "inadequate" police response for the violence. The document says he struck an officer in the face while the officer was trying to separate protesters and that he "engaged in a physical confrontation" with the officer.

He visited their territory in northern Syria on Tuesday.

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.

In their Oval Office meetings Tuesday, Trump did not mention Erdogan's increasingly tight grip on power in Turkey or allegations of irregular elections under his leadership.

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

"We clearly told them this: if there is any sort of attack from the YPG and PYD against Turkey, we will implement the rules of engagement without asking anyone", the Sabah newspaper citing him as saying.

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