Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

9 hurt, 2 arrested in altercation at Turkish Embassy in DC

9 hurt, 2 arrested in altercation at Turkish Embassy in DC

"There is no place for the terrorist organizations in the future of our region", Erdogan said.

"We are protesting (Erdogan's) policies in Turkey, in Syria and in Iraq", said Flint Arthur of Baltimore, Maryland.

"The secretary recognized the generosity of the Turkish government and people in managing the refugee and humanitarian challenges stemming from Syria".

In a statement, Israel's ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, said the partnership between the U.S and Israel was solid.

The PKK has fought an insurgency in south eastern Turkey since 1984 and is considered a terrorist group by the United States, Turkey and Europe.

"With all of those assurances, the Turks don't trust the United States at all on this issue or on too many other issues", said Steven Cook, a Middle East expert at the nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations think tank in Washington.

Military officials say the group's fighters are among the best in Syria, and are critical in the fight to retake the Islamic State capital city of Raqqa.

Despite Trump's greeting to the Turkish leader, the relationship has been strained by the United States refusal to extradite a Turkish cleric living in Pennsylvania whom Erdogan blames for orchestrating a July coup attempt against him.

US military officials have long argued in favor of supporting the Kurds in Syria against ISIS because they are such competent soldiers.

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Erdogan confirmed that he would work with Trump and the rest of the world to combat radical terrorism.

The US angered Turkey last week by announcing arms supplies to Syria's Kurdish YPG militia - which Turkey sees as allies of Turkey's banned Kurdish organisation the PKK - to fight Isis.

Erdogan has called the decision to provide USA arms "contrary to our strategic relations to the U.S".

Both issues poisoned ties between Erdogan and former USA president Barack Obama, but there now appears to be an opening for Trump to rebuild bridges. Turkey considers both the YPG and the Democratic Union party (PYD), the political wing of the same organization, to be an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a Turkish group that both Ankara and Washington have labeled a terrorist movement.

Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee, said he was ready to subpoena the memo, which was an apparent effort to create a paper trail of Mr Comey's contacts with the White House.

Trump and Erdogan, both leaders of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member-states, promised to continue to work together in the fight against ISIS and toward resolving the Syrian civil war.

But during their appearance on Tuesday, Trump made no mention of Erdogan's record on dissent and free speech, although they have been areas of concern for some Western leaders.

"Speaking at a joint news conference with the visiting Italian prime minister, Putin said on Wednesday Moscow initially found debates about Russia's meddling in US politics as "funny" but said Moscow is now "concerned because it's hard to imagine what the people who produce such nonsense can come up with next".

The White House denied the report in a statement to reporters, saying it was "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey".

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