Erdogan says Turkey will act if Syrian Kurdish militia attacks

The U.S. State Department has summoned Turkish Ambassador in Washington Serdar Kılıç on May 17 over a street brawl outside the Turkish diplomatic mission that erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit, sources have told the Hürriyet Daily News.

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

On Tuesday, members of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's armed security detail viciously beat up protesters, putting some in the hospital.

President Erdogan held meetings with President Trump earlier on Tuesday.

According to the video, one of Erdogan's bodyguard speaks with him while protesters chant slogans saying, "baby killer Erdogan".

The Turkish embassy claimed the president's bodyguards were acting in "self-defense".

A State Department spokeswoman said, referring to the incident, the United States is communicating concerns to Turkey's government "in strongest possible terms".

Senators Diane Feinstein and John McCain also expressed their "grave concern" over the incident in a letter to Erdogan.

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Erdogan said he warned Trump that Turkey would combat YPG if the group posed any security threat.

"We weren't doing anything wrong", said pro-Erdogan demonstrator Mustafa Dikilitas.

The altercation came the same day that Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House.

Two men were arrested at the scene, and police say they intend to pursue charges against others involved as well. "We are not going to go into specifics or speculate on what may happen", a State Department official said in a statement.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on May 18 that Brett McGurk, the US special envoy to the coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), should be removed from his post as he "supports terrorist groups". Turkey sees them as a PKK extension and existential threat to Turkish sovereignty.

"We witnessed what appeared to be a brutal attack on peaceful protesters", said Peter Newsham, chief of the Metropolitan Police Department in the nation's capital. "This kind of thing can not go un-responded to diplomatically", Senator John McCain told MSNBC's Morning Joe programme on Thursday. "I'm scared now too because I don't know how it will affect my life here in the United States", said Tankan, who lives in Arlington, Virginia.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", said McCain on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

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