Erdogan's bodyguards in violent clash with protesters in Washington

A still shot of footage of the violence that erupted outside the Turkish embassy last night

A still shot of footage of the violence that erupted outside the Turkish embassy last night

He wrote that bodyguards with Erdogan on his official state visit to Washington "viciously beat multiple individuals, throwing them to the ground and kicking them in the head".

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, expressed outrage Thursday at video that appears to show Erdogan's bodyguards violently breaking up a protest earlier this week outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington.

President Donald Trump will welcome Turkey's president to the White House Tuesday in a high-stakes meeting that could set the tone for how his administration deals with authoritarian leaders. Many protesters fled across the park they were assembled in.

Cops struggle to break up stunning brawl between Erdogan supporters and protesters in D.C.

Trump warmly welcomed Erdogan to the White House earlier Tuesday. A man with a bullhorn is repeatedly kicked in the face. Video shows people pushing past police to confront a small group of protesters across the street in Sheridan Circle.

Last month, the Turkish military bombed Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq, in one case with American forces only about six miles (10 kilometers) away.

Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said the fighting broke out between two groups but would not elaborate on what led to the altercation.

"It is absolutely unacceptable to take the YPG-PYD into consideration as partners in the region, and it's going against a global agreement we reached", Mr Erdogan said later, referring to the both the fighting and political units of the Kurdish autonomous movement in Syria.

Kheirabadi told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he joined the demonstration, saying "Erdogan is a terrorist" and "Mr. Trump, please say no to Erdogan", when Turkish security staff "just attacked us".

The biggest dispute between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in recent days has been the USA plans to arm Kurdish Syrian militants to help them fight ISIL.

Erdogan has been criticized for cracking down on protesters and other critical voices, including journalists, inside Turkey. Turkey insists that these YPG militants and their PYD political party are tied to the Kurdish insurgency in Turkey known as the PKK, which the USA, the European Union and Turkey all consider a terrorist organization.

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