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Erdogan: Turkey will not take part in Raqqa offensive

Erdogan: Turkey will not take part in Raqqa offensive

Newsham did not comment on reports stating that the U.S. Secret Service arrested, then released, members of Erdogan's security detail.

Washington's Metropolitan Police Department said it had arrested two United States residents, Ayten Necmi, 49, and Jalal Kheirabadi, 42, over the incident, according to the BBC.

"Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech", the State Department said in a statement, promising to scold the Turkish government "in the strongest possible terms".

Nine people were hurt during the fight and two were arrested as a result - one for aggravated assault and the other for assault on a police officer, Fox News reported.

The biggest dispute between Turkey and the USA recently has been the Trump administration's plans to arm Kurdish Syrian militants fighting the Islamic State group.

Shocking video footage depicting an altercation outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., surfaced on Twitter and Facebook late Tuesday evening appearing to show protesters being attacked by guards of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan.

Nauert said in her statement that the United States respects Turkey's concerns about its approach, and will continue regular consultations on the issue.

McCain said "this kind of thing can not go un-responded to diplomatically". John McCain, R-Ariz., called for the expulsion of Turkey's ambassador to the United States. We do not do this here.

"I'm still outraged at this Turkish beating", McCain said.

The melee followed an otherwise uneventful Oval Office meeting between President Trump and Erdogan at which the two agreed to fight terrorism, Erdogan's definition of "terrorists" sadly including just about anyone who disagrees with him.

The protesters said they were demonstrating peacefully until Erdogan's guards and supporters suddenly moved toward them.

The incident has increased tensions between the US and Turkish governments.

"On Tuesday, President Trump hosted Turkish President Erdogan at the White House". Erdogan's speech on Thursday was his first public speech since returning from a trip to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington.

ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow shared Wednesday that he got a call from Vice President Mike Pence confirming that the president had mentioned Brunson's imprisonment at least three times during his discussion with Erdogan at the White House. Turkey regards the force as an arm of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which Ankara and Washington have both listed as a terrorist group. "The State Department has raised its concerns about these events at the highest levels, and a thorough investigation that will allow us to hold the responsible individuals accountable is of the upmost importance to us".


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