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Officials Weigh In on Embassy Clash with President Erdogan's Bodyguards

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Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 19:07

-Turkish tensions compounded by a spat over US war strategy against the Islamic State group in Syria.

Turkey has forcefully protested the Trump administration's decision to arm a Syrian Kurdish force for an assault on the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa.

Witnesses reportedly said that the protesters were demanding that a pro-Kurdish lawmaker, Selahattin Demirtas, be released from prison in Turkey.

Four or five Middle Eastern men in dark suits from the second group assaulted the peaceful protesters, and about eight people told officers they were attacked, thrown on the ground and stomped, the document said.

"What we saw yesterday - a violent attack on a peaceful demonstration - is an affront to DC values and our rights as Americans", D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said. After their meeting, Trump praised Erdogan as a stalwart ally in the fight against the Islamic State group and the PKK, the Kurdish group that has been fighting Turkey and complicating USA efforts to fight ISIS in northern Syria.

The footages recorded in the street on Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., showed members of the Turkish security personnel pushing past United States police and assaulting the protesters as Erdogan was due to arrive in the Turkish ambassador's residence.

The video then shows Erdogan's bodyguard standing up outside of the vehicle before appearing to relay commands to another man closer to the protests unfolding on the street outside the embassy. 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. Under global law, foreign officials and their traveling detail can not be detained.

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

"Numerous news reports indicate these individuals were members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail who accompanied him on his official state visit this week".

On Thursday, in response to the clash outside the residence, Sen.

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on MSNBC Thursday morning, "We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America". "This isn't Turkey. This isn't a third-world country, and this kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically, and maybe in other ways".

The militia associated with the PYD, the People's Protection Units (YPG), are allies of the United States, while the Turkish government considers them a terrorist organization. "Maybe bring lawsuits against so we can identify these people".

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce also sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging them to take action over the clashes.

"Turkey and the US will together run an active combat against the PKK". "We respect those concerns, and continue regular consultations with our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally on this and other topics of mutual importance". Kheirabadi said he is a Kurd who passed through Turkey as a refugee and is now a USA citizen.

In an Instagram post, Borazan pleaded for Donald Trump to condemn the melee.