Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

United States anti-ISIL envoy Brett McGurk should be changed, Ankara says


The comment comes as top congressional Republicans are demanding the Trump administration take swift action against the Turkish government after the president's security detail violently broke up a protest earlier in the week outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington.

USA officials expressed outrage Wednesday after a "brutal attack" on protesters by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards cast a dark pall over his visit to Washington.

Earlier on Tuesday, Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House, where the two leaders vowed to fix their countries' relationship and re-establish an economic and military partnership.

Police stand outside the Turkish Embassy after the Turkish leader's security clashed with protesters.

Newsham added that nine people were hospitalized following the skirmish, and two men were arrested.

John McCain says that the Turkish ambassador should be expelled from the USA after members of the Turkish presidential security detail beat up protesters outside of the Turkish embassy earlier this week.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday he wanted Brett McGurk, the US special envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, removed from his post, saying he supported Kurdish militants. Police said they were checking reports that some of the attackers worked as bodyguards for the Turkish president.

Sen. Patrick Leahy's tweet said "We've got to come back to American values".

Erdogan said he told the United States that Turkey could not be part of the operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State because of the participation of the YPG. He added that some members of the pro-Erdogan group were carrying firearms, which made it more hard for police to contain the scene.

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US officials have criticized the Turkish government over violence outside its ambassador's residence in Washington.

The Turkish embassy claimed the president's bodyguards were acting in "self-defense".

The State Department condemned the attack Wednesday, and police in the nation's capital said they were working to identify the assailants, some of whom were armed.

Erdogan said he warned Trump that Turkey would combat YPG if the group posed any security threat.

Turkey regards the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is deemed a terrorist organisation by the United States, Turkey and the European Union.

"The Metropolitan Police Department made two arrests following yesterday's incidents and we have every intention to pursue charges against the other individuals involved", the statement continued.

The U.S. says there's an ongoing investigation that will allow the U.S. Turkey, the United States and the European Union all consider the PKK a terrorist organisation, which further fuels Turkish resentment towards its allies.

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