Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Turkey demands United States fire envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds

Turkey demands United States fire envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds

He said two people were arrested, including one who was charged with assaulting a police officer. So this is a reflection as well of the Kurdish diaspora in the United States and elsewhere who have no sympathy for the Turkish president and see him as a threat to their political aspirations.

"After the police line broke, all fought with each other no matter if they were officially on duty or civilian", said the observer.

Erdogan did not specify what measures he might order, but said Turkey had shown its fighting capabilities when Turkish forces and Syrian rebels seized territory in northern Syria past year, pushing back Islamic State fighters and prompting a limited withdrawal of the YPG militia. The Anadolu news agency framed the guards' actions as a response to the presence of "terrorist" sympathizers - apparently a reference to Kurdish activists. Kheirabadi said he is a Kurd who passed through Turkey as a refugee and is now a USA citizen. "The Turkish-Americans responded in self defense and one of them was seriously injured". Eleven people were injured, among them a police officer. It was an especially positive tone considering the tensions over Washington's decision to arm the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia that Ankara regards as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey's leader told Donald Trump that his country will keep on fighting Syrian Kurdish militants even though they are a key US ally against the Islamic State group, Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday, adding that a top USA envoy should be fired for backing the Kurds. In response to last year's attempted coup, Erdogan initiated a massive crackdown, jailing nearly 50,000 people without due process and firing more than one hundred thousand public sector employees. Almost 200,000 people have been arrested or dismissed or suspended from their jobs. "While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", a White House statement said.

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The altercation outside the ambassador's residence occurred hours after the Trump-Erdogan meeting. But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in CT that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly". Trump made no mention on Tuesday of Erdogan's record on dissent and free speech.

According to the Times, Comey wrote in the February memo that Trump told him Flynn had done nothing wrong. So far, the two arrests have involved American nationals, though we don't know much about their identity.

Court documents describe the demonstration as peaceful until a group of "radicalized protesters began taunting the peaceful protesters". "I had heard many stories of protests in Turkey".

"Speaker Ryan has shown he has zero appetite for any investigation into President Trump", Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said at a press conference Wednesday. His attorney, Gunay Evinch, blamed D.C. police and the Secret Service for "being surprised" by the turnout and overreacting.

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