Turkish forces neutralise 12 terrorists in Iraq

WASHINGTON-Charges have been dropped against 11 of the 15 members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security team who were involved in the brutal beating of protesters on May 16 in front of the Turkish Ambassador's residence in Washington.

The YPG has been Washington's main ally against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in Syria, in a partnership that has infuriated Turkey. The move to dismiss charges against majority stands to ease one source of tension between Washington and Ankara.

Most of the charges were dropped last month, a day before now-outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met in Turkey with Erdogan, who was furious about the arrest warrants that had been issued against his men, The Wall Street Journal reported.

United States prosecutors said Thursday they have dismissed all criminal charges against seven of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards stemming from a brawl in Washington past year in which protesters were beaten. Instead, the decisions were the result of investigators misidentifying some of the suspects and failing to develop enough evidence against others, according to the US officials and an attorney who provided some free legal advice to defendants in the case.

Really, really hard to believe. No sooner had Turkey's proxies on the ground, the Free Syrian Army, captured Afrin city than social media lit up with video and messages depicting looting by its fighters.

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Reportedly, earlier Coskun actively participated in military operations against Turkey's armed forces in northern Iraq.

The incident came as US officials were attempting to improve fragile relations with Turkey, which is a key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and a partner in the fight against ISIS.

On June 6, with a vote of 397 to 0, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously condemned Turkey in response to the attacks, taking a powerful stand against Ankara's attempts to export its violence and intolerance to America's shores. Nine people were hospitalized, and a police officer was wounded during the attack.

The Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia confirmed in an email Thursday that the charges had been dropped but declined to say why. "In the case of the Turkish president's bodyguards brutally assaulting a group of peaceful protestors, we took immediate action to hold those individuals accountable for their attack".

Turkey has consistently failed to conduct credible criminal investigations into the civilian deaths that occurred in the context of the 2015-2016 security operations in the South-East, the report states.

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