Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Images surface of alleged Saudi ‘assassination squad’ following writer’s disappearance

Images surface of alleged Saudi ‘assassination squad’ following writer’s disappearance

US intelligence intercepted communications between Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture journalist Jamal Khashoggi prior to his disappearance last week in Turkey in a case now roiling worldwide investigators and threatening to damage relations between Washington and Riyadh. It was unclear from this whether Saudi Arabia wanted to then kill him or arrest him, or if US officials made Khashoggi aware of this, the source said. "That's why I want to say, we don't want to make any judgments about what happened, and we call for a thorough and transparent investigation".

Trump on Thursday said: "We're being very tough".

Britain's foreign secretary warned that Saudi Arabia faces "serious consequences" if the suspicions of Turkish officials that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul turn out to be true.

But while he said he had spoken to Saudi officials-including possibly King Salman himself-Trump made no indication he pressed them for answers and seemed bewildered by the idea that he could possibly find out more.

It was not clear, the report said, whether the Saudis meant to arrest and interrogate Mr. Khashoggi or to kill him, or if the US officials warned Mr. Khashoggi that he was a target.

Later on Thursday, Trump told reporters at the White House that he saw no reason to block Saudi Arabian investments in the United States despite the Khashoggi incident, saying the Gulf nation would then just move its money into Russian Federation and China.

It is said some of the men went into the Saudi consulate before Mr Khashoggi.

A source told the Post that prior to Khashoggi going missing, US intelligence intercepted Saudi officials' communications, which revealed a plan to capture Khashoggi and get him to Saudi Arabia.

The Post said Khashoggi, who'd been living in the United States fearing arrest for criticizing Saudi leadership, entered the consulate to obtain paperwork for a wedding. Erdogan asked. "If a bird flew, if a mosquito appeared, these systems would catch them and (I believe) they (the Saudis) would have the most advanced of systems".

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Prosecutors are investigating the incident, while the consulate said on Twitter it is working in coordination with Turkish authorities.

Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.

"The recent disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi suggests that he could be a victim of a gross violation of internationally recognized human rights", the letter said. "We will probably know in the very short future".

The Senate "barely" approved the last round of arms sales, Corker said he told Prince Khalid bin Salman.

He has also repeatedly assailed Riyadh's role leading the war against Yemen's rebel Houthis, a campaign closely identified with Prince Mohammed that has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and generated a major humanitarian disaster.

Trump expressed reservations about withholding arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Suspicions are mounting that Saudi's crown prince ordered the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. The administration's Middle East agenda heavily depends on the Saudis, including efforts to counter Iranian influence in the region, fight extremism and build support for its yet-to-be-released plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Rubio is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which has called for an investigation into whether Saudi Arabia should face human rights sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

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