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State Department Summons Turkish Ambassador After Bloody Brawl in DC

19 May 2017

"We are facing a picture where terrorist organisations are constantly supported, strengthened and are confronting us".

"We can not lift the state of emergency unless peace and welfare are restored", the president told business leaders in Istanbul, saying the step was taken to make all work in the country to be done in a much healthier way. "After this, we will not hesitate to carry out similar operations whenever we see necessary".

To Turkey's dismay, Trump has made a decision to arm Syrian Kurdish militants in the impending fight to retake the key city of Raqqa. "We also said this: If terror organizations pose a threat for us we will use our self-defense right and do what is necessary".

At their closest, the SDF - backed by coalition air raids - have advanced 2.5 miles (4km) from Raqqa, Dillon said, adding that 3,000-4,000 ISIS fighters are based in the city. "We. won't consult anybody on this". "We would just take the step".

"This McGurk is definitely supporting the PKK and YPG. It would be beneficial if this person is changed", Cavusoglu said.

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A Senior U.S. diplomat said Tuesday that Washington had not met its promises to Turkey regarding the Syrian town of Manbij, where People's Protection Units (YPG) forces were supposed to leave the city once it had been cleared of Daesh terrorists, in line with a verbal deal between U.S. and Turkish leaders a year ago.

Differences over Syria policy have caused friction with Washington, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally of Turkey's.

USA military officials in the Trump and Obama administrations have concluded that there is no effective alternative to the military plan that relies on the Kurdish fighters - despite Turkey's insistence that it could muster an equally effective force with Syrian Arab fighters.

Later, speaking to reporters at the Turkish embassy, Erdogan underlined Turkey's concerns about the YPG, which Ankara regards as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group fighting a decades-old insurgency in southeast Turkey.

Turkey has told the United States it will not join in any military operations that include Kurdish fighters in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday, while vowing to strike the US -backed Kurds if they threaten Turkey's security.

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McCain and Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, also sent a letter to Erdogan stating that the "actions of your staff violate the constitutional protections of freedom of the press and freedom of assembly enjoyed by all Americans".

Earlier in the day, McCain was slightly less diplomatic in an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, saying, "We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America".

Turkey blamed the violence outside its ambassador's residence on demonstrators linked to the PKK, but Washington's police chief called it a "brutal attack" on peaceful protesters.

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.

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State Department Summons Turkish Ambassador After Bloody Brawl in DC