John McCain: Throw Turkish ambassador out of US


Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday called on the Trump administration to replace its envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition - the latest sign of Turkish frustration with the US war strategy in Syria and of mounting tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. US lawmakers demanded stronger action.

McGurk isn't the only ambassador in this relationship potentially in trouble, Sen.

State also confirmed that two members of the Turkish security team were detained after Tuesday's incident, and then released.

"We told them...we do not regard your cooperation with a terrorist group in Raqqa as healthy", Erdogan was cited as saying, but he said he expected a role for Turkey in Syria.

But D.C.'s police chief said on Wednesday that some may be protected by diplomatic immunity. A USA official said Thursday that wasn't the case. Global law protects heads of state and their entourage from arrest.

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

On May 8, the US chose to arm and equip the YPG inside Syria as it moves to take al-Raqqa city from Islamic State, to deprive it of a key headquarters and its capital.

A USA law enforcement official told Sputnik earlier in the day that federal authorities detained the two Turkish guards in question until their diplomatic status was clarified.

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"There must be consequences", Rep.

"Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest", said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

The bloody brawl sent nine to the hospital and Turkish security officials were seen coming out of the ambassador's residence, then retreating to the residence grounds, a law enforcement official said, adding that the same scenario played out a couple of times. Videos show people pushing past police to confront a small group of protesters across the street.

Another wrenches a woman's neck and throws her to the ground.

In all, nine people were hurt.

The video, recorded by Voice of America's Turkish service, showed security forces brutally kicking and punching protesters before Erdogan emerges from a black Mercedes in the driveway to watch the incident. He later exits the vehicle and peers toward the chaos.

The YPG is the Syrian branch of the Turkish Kurdish Workers Party, the PKK, a Marxist group that has been trying since 1984 to carve out a separatist state from Turkey.

He visited their territory in northern Syria on Tuesday.