Turkey calls for ouster of USA envoy for anti-Daesh coalition

Posted May 19, 2017

An embassy statement said the group had "aggressively provoked Turkish-American citizens" who had gathered to greet Erdogan. Kheirabadi said he is a Kurd who passed through Turkey as a refugee and is now a US citizen. -Turkish tensions that are compounded by a growing spat over USA policy in Syria.

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

Erdogan's visit to Washington D.C.in March 2016 was also marred by fights between his supporters and protesters, and members of his security detail were caught on video trying to eject journalists critical of his administration prior to a planned speech at the Brookings Institution. Instead, Erdogan's guards were released under a globally recognized custom under which nations don't arrest or detain visiting heads of state and members of their delegations, said the official, who wasn't authorized to comment publicly on the matter and requested anonymity.

"The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense", the statement read.

"The conduct of Turkish security personnel earlier this week is deeply disturbing", the official said.

"My Kurdish friends and allies were protesting peacefully against Erdogan being in Washington when were suddenly attacked by a group of Erdogan's official bodyguards and secret police", Borazan wrote on Facebook.

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.

Two arrests were made and Washington, D.C. police said other suspects were being sought. Men who appear to be wearing D.C. police uniforms attempt to surround and stop the aggressors.

United States military officials in both the Trump and Obama administrations have concluded that there is no effective alternative to the military plan that relies on the Kurdish fighters, despite Turkey's insistence that it could muster an equally effective force with Syrian Arab fighters.

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.

In its protest against Trump's decision, Turkey's foreign minister demanded Thursday that Trump dismiss the USA envoy in charge of the anti-IS coalition, Brett McGurk.

"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.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said "we won't beg" Germany to keep its forces at the huge Incirlik air base, from where many coalition operations are launched.

The Turkish embassy issued a statement on Wednesday that the protesters were "affiliated with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party)", which Turkey considers to be a terrorist group.

"We're not even free from Turkish fascism here in the United States".

"After all", he said, "they violated American laws in the United States of America".