US, Turkey spar over Erdogan visit violence, Kurdish support

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A video by Voice of America (VOA) released on Thursday shows that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan watched violent attack of his bodyguards and embassy staff to protesters outside of the ambassador's residence in the United States capital on Tuesday, Turkish Minute reported.

On Wednesday, the State Department said "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech".

Attacking the small group of protesters with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others were recorded repeatedly kicking one woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk. Two men were bloodied from head wounds as bystanders tried to assist dazed protesters.

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after speaking to the press in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on May 16, 2017.

In a statement, the Turkish Embassy blamed the violence on the demonstrators, saying they were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President".

The State Department did not say whether any further action would be taken, but Washington, DC police said they were studying footage of the incident and trying to identify suspects. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior".

The security detail, he continued, violated American laws on United States ground, and that can not happen.

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There may be issues with diplomatic immunity, Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a news conference.

President Donald Trump walks Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to his vehicle following his visit to the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Jalal Kheirabadi, 42, of Fairfax, Virginia, is charged with assaulting a police officer, who refused treatment for lacerations to his face. Particular scrutiny needs to be paid to the actions of Mr. Erdogan's security guards, who, a state-owned Turkish news service confirmed, were involved in the fighting because - can you believe the gall? - they didn't think police were doing enough to quiet the protest.

Cavusoglu said Turkey received USA assurances that arms sent to the YPG would only be used against IS and not against Turkey, with a promise to support Turkey's fight against the PKK.

"The weapons provided will only be used in Raqqa and its south, they will absolutely not be used against Turkey, this will not be allowed", Cavusoglu said.

Trump and his national security team say the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, is the most effective battlefield partner against the Islamic State in northern and eastern Syria.

Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the Trump administration understood Turkey's position against the YPG.

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