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Arrest warrants out for Turkish agents, others in DC melee

Arrest warrants out for Turkish agents, others in DC melee

In an affidavit to support an arrest warrant, D.C. Police wrote, "during the course of the official Turkish visit, Turkish security personnel and others assaulted protestors and USA law enforcement officers in at least three separate incidents".

The brawl inflamed existing tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

The new warrants come after four other pro-Erdoğan protesters were arrested over the past month, and a congressional resolution condemning the attacks. Eyup Yildirim was arrested at his home hear Manchester, New Jersey charged with felony assault with significant bodily injury, felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault or threatened assault in a menacing manner.

A police spokeswoman said the two are residents of Canada but it is not yet known whether they have Canadian citizenship.

Authorities said they identified the suspects by comparing video of the melee to passport and visa images, using facial recognition techniques. Another wrenched a woman's neck and threw her to the ground.

One issue is that Erdogan and his team returned to Turkey just hours after the skirmish and it is unlikely that the country would extradite its people to face charges.

Eleven people were hurt in what Washington's police chief called a "brutal attack" on peaceful protesters.

Erdogan said the protesters were members of an outlawed Kurdish militant group and the USA police failed to act.

Police have since arrested two Turkish nationals living in the US.

Ahmet Cengizham Dereci, left, and Mahmut Sami Ellialti, pictured in a news release from Washington, D.C., police, are wanted in connection with a brawl that broke out while Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was visiting the United States.

Eighteen people linked to an attack on protesters last month - including bodyguards to Turkey's president - face assault charges in Washington, D.C., city officials said Thursday.

It is unclear if an official request for extradition has been extended to Turkey - or Canada - but State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Thursday that the USA was looking at "additional steps" and warned that if any of the individuals sought USA visas in the future, "We know that they have warrants out for their arrests".

Of the twelve men, seven will be charged with felonies and five with misdemeanors, a law enforcement official was quoted as telling the Chicago Tribune.

Upon learning of the charges, Turkey's Foreign Ministry summoned John Bass, the us ambassador to Turkey, to issue a protest.

A State Department official did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Foggy Bottom said on Wednesday that it would consider additional action against those responsible "as appropriate under relevant laws and regulations". The response, in a word, is heartening. And our promise to you is that we will always strive to provide indispensable journalism to our community.

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