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Turkish Lawmakers Exchange Punches in Parliament Brawl

Violent scuffles erupted in Turkey's fractious parliament on Monday as lawmakers debated the radical Islamist threat in neighboring Iraq.
Image: Sinan Ogan
An AKP lawmaker punches nationalist Sinan Ogan, as legislators from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party, AKP, and the opposition Nationalist Action Party brawl at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Aug. 4, 2014. AP

Punches were thrown, suits grabbed and lawmakers pinned to the ground in the latest flare-up in Turkey's fractious parliament on Monday.

Violent scuffles erupted as opposition and ruling party deputies debated the formation of a commission into the radical Islamist threat in neighboring Iraq. The fistfight, which came days ahead of a presidential election, injured three legislators and forced the speaker to adjourn debate for the day.

Image: Opposition MHP party deputy Ali Uzunirmak (2nd R)  fights with AKP's deputy Mustafa Sahin (2nd L)
Ali Uzunirmak, second right, an opposition MHP party deputy, fights with AKP deputy Mustafa Sahin, second left, at the parliament in Ankara on August 4, 2014.AFP - Getty Images

— Agence France-Presse, The Associated Press