Turkey wants ouster of US envoy for anti-IS coalition

Claudine Rigal
Mai 19, 2017

Erdogan, speaking to a group of business leaders in Istanbul, said he told the United States that Turkey would "exercise its rights under the rules of engagement", without consulting anyone, if it faced a threat.

Particular scrutiny needs to be paid to the actions of Erdogan's security guards, who, a state-owned Turkish news service confirmed, were involved in the fighting because - can you believe the gall? - they didn't think police were doing enough to quiet the protest.

President Donald Trump walks Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to his vehicle following his visit to the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior", McCain said on his Twitter account.

"We told them...we do not regard your cooperation with a terrorist group in Raqqa as healthy", Erdogan was cited as saying, but he said he expected a role for Turkey in Syria.

The U.S.is declining to say whether the security agents were granted diplomatic immunity or under what conditions they were released.

Cavusoglu said Turkey received USA assurances that arms sent to the YPG would only be used against IS, without explaining how this would be monitored.

The Metropolitan Police Department said it had arrested two people for assault and identified them as United States residents, 49-year-old Ayten Necmi of NY and 42-year-old Jalal Kheirabadi of Virginia.

Royce detailed his request for an inquiry in a letter sent Wednesday to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The remarks from Graham and McCain come after Rep. Ed Royce of California, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called on the Trump administration to investigate whether criminal charges are warranted against any of the bodyguards.

Authorities say nine people were hurt and two arrests were made during an altercation at the Turkish ambassador's residence in the USA capital. While we're still learning details about what occurred, disturbing videos show members of Erdogan's security team turning on the protesters. "The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured".

Turkey has told the United States it will not join in any military operations that include Kurdish fighters in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday, while vowing to strike the USA -backed Kurds if they threaten Turkey's security. But Erdogan's government views the Syrian Kurdish group known as the YPG as an extension of a Kurdish terrorist organization that operates in Turkey.

Ankara launched its "Euphrates Shield" operation inside Syria a year ago, backing Syrian rebels with tanks, air strikes and special forces to sweep Islamic State from its southern border - and stop the advance of the YPG.

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