McCain: Turkey Ambassador Should Leave US

Erdogan was returning from the White House where he had met with President Donald Trump.

The minister said Trump's new US administration seems more understanding about Turkey's security concerns.

Cohen also tried to emphasize the fact that a US and YPG partnership is based on battlefield necessities, and not something strategic and long term.

In April, the USA had criticized Turkish airstrikes against Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq. He described the U.S. -YPG partnership as "tactical and transactional".

Instead, Turkish troops and some Syrian factions have trained their efforts on Syrian Kurds in the country's north as well as ISIS militants.

USA officials have criticized the Turkish government over violence outside its ambassador's residence in Washington. They will not speculate about the current investigation.

A Voice of America video showed police officers struggling to protect the protesters and ordering the men in suits to retreat.

USA officials told Ankara that the YPG would not constitute a threat for Turkey and that arms supplied by Washington would be used in Raqa and in the south, not against Turkey, Cavusoglu said.

The State Department confirmed that two members of the Turkish security team were briefly detained after the brawl, and then released.

The guards' release left the US struggling to point to anything that amounts to accountability.

Ankara regards the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which is a US ally in the fight against Islamic State, as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group fighting a decades-old insurgency in southeastern Turkey. His appearance at the Brookings Institution during the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit was marred when his security detail roughed up demonstrators and tried to eject "undesired" journalists.

"There must be consequences", Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, said Thursday. "We will continue to work with our partners at MPD and the State Department to aggressively pursue accountability for those involved in yesterday's protests".

VOA also pointed out in its own Thursday coverage of the ongoing controversy surrounding the violence that "the State Department summoned Turkey's ambassador after bodyguards and supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan beat protesters outside the Turkish embassy earlier this week". Another person wrenches a woman's neck and throws her to the ground.

Nine people were injured, one severely, and two were arrested, apparently one from the pro-Kurd side and one from the pro-Erdogan side.

The meetings which took place in Kobane and Ain Issa focused on "the plan of attack on Raqa and providing support for people fleeing the fighting", the source said.

Video appears to show Erdogan's bodyguards violently breaking up a protest this week while Erdogan was visiting Washington. He later exits the vehicle and peers toward the chaos.

Turkey considers the People's Protection Units, or YPG, in Syria a terror organization and an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade-long insurgency against the Turkish state. "Turkey is not a country that will consent to such treatment", Erdogan said.

However, coalition officials state that capturing Raqqa remains a key objective. They have raised concerns with the Turkish government "at the highest levels".

"We had commitments to Turkey, in the end, they were not fully realized", said Jonathan Cohen, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.

Erdogan also said that the U.S. had made up its mind on Raqa, which meant Turkey could not join the operation "under the current circumstances", referring to the YPG's involvement.

On Thursday, Erdogan, speaking in Istanbul, reiterated the warning, saying that "we won't discuss it or consult with anyone", according to the Associated Press.

  • Zachary Reyes