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Erdogan vows fight on US arrests

Four other people, two Canadians and two Turkish Americans, were charged, D.C. police said. Newsham said his officers worked hand-in-hand with State Department officials and the Secret Service, poring over footage of the fight and comparing assailants' faces to passport and visa images.

The charges included felony aggravated assault, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $25,000, or both; felony assault with significant bodily injury, punishable by a maximum of three years in prison, a fine of up to $12,500, or both; and misdemeanor simple assault, which can lead to 180 days in jail, a fine up to $1,000 or both.

Ellialti has also been charged with aggravated assault while Dereci faces a charge of misdemeanor assault or threatened assault in a menacing manner.

It also wasn't the first time Erdogan's bodyguards had attacked people in the U.S. During his last visit in 2016, his security detail beat and kicked protesters outside the Brookings Institution, where Erdogan was due to give a speech.

Twelve Turkish security agents are set to be charged on Thursday over their alleged involvement in a brutal physical attack on demonstrators in Washington DC in May, during the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

It is unlikely that Turkey would extradite the men to the United States.

"We all saw the violence that was perpetrated against the protesters", Chief Newsham said.

Erdogan watched the beatdown from his auto and a few hours later left the country with his security detail - which presents a bit of a problem with actually meting out punishment.

Earlier Wednesday, police said two men were arrested for their role in the fracas.

Police have spent the weeks since the melee identifying suspects with video technology. Video showed security guards and some Erdogan supporters attacking protesters, leaving nine people hurt. The company did not return a request for comment.

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As Erdogan arrived at the Turkish ambassador's residence following the White House meeting, his security staff began beating protesters, injuring nine.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will fight United States arrest warrants for his security team over a brawl last month in Washington.

The Turkish government went on the offensive over the incident, summoning the US ambassador to complain about the "aggressive" behaviour of Washington security personnel.

The showdown between Erdogan's guards and the protesters came as tensions between the U.S. and Turkey continued to rise over America's backing of the Syrian Kurdish rebels.

The charges pose a test for the strategically important relationship between the USA and Turkey. "And the leveling of charges might embolden other countries to ignore similar immunity agreements, putting USA diplomats overseas at risk".

In one clip, the suit-clad guards can be seen repeatedly kicking a woman as she lay on a sidewalk.

"We don't have any information right now to suggest that we would have probable cause to make an arrest of the president", Chief Newsham said.

Last month, a protest outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington D.C. turned bloody when pro-Erdogan security forces roughed up the activists outside.

Law enforcement officials in the American capital are expected to announce the charges at a press conference on Thursday, according to various reports in United States media outlets.

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