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

11 October, 2018, 11:01 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • Turkish newspaper names 15 Saudis in case of missing reporter

Decades of close U.S. -Saudi relations, which have only intensified under Trump, appeared in jeopardy by the suggestion of a carefully plotted murder of a government critic, Jamal Khashoggi, 59, who disappeared a week ago after entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey.

In an account published Wednesday, Nuzzi details the many ways the top officials tried to convince her that there is no "chaos" in the White House.

One member of the squad appears to be Maher Mutreb, a Saudi intelligence officer who was based in London in 2007. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said it would be time for the U.S.to rethink its relationship with Saudi Arabia if it turned out Khashoggi was lured to his death by the Saudis. "This is a bad situation. It's a awful thing", Trump said.

If either government seems to be in control of the investigation, Kaye said "it is not going to be seen as credible by significant portions of the global community".

She added: "Although this incident could potentially fuel a political crisis between the two nations, let us not lose sight of the human aspect of what happened". Unlike Trump, Obama had few kind words for the Saudi government, often attacking its history of human rights abuses and its role in funding jihadist terrorism. I am confident in the abilities of Turkish government officials.

Turkish officials said they believe that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, The Washington Post reported.

Angry lawmakers likely won't prompt the administration to turn away from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia's denials that it had any role in Khashoggi's disappearance have fallen on deaf ears in Congress, with almost a quarter of the Senate triggering a USA investigation into the case.

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"It's a great concern for the United States of America", Mr. Pence said in a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt that aired Wednesday. The free world deserves answers.

Trump added: "Nobody knows what happened yet".

Trump heaped praise on Prince Mohammed when he made a three-week visit to the US last March, saying the Saudi king had made a "very wise decision" in choosing the prince to succeed him. "We want to get to the bottom of it".

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said that he told the Saudi ambassador the Khashoggi's disappearance could lead the USA to curtail arms sales to the kingdom.

The apparent outing of members of the Saudi security services will add to growing worldwide pressure on the kingdom, which faces accusations from Turkey of having murdered and dismembered Mr Khashoggi when he went to the consulate on October 2.

The Washington Post, for which Khashoggi was a contributor, published a surveillance image Tuesday showing the Saudi reporter at the consulate. She said the writer first visited the consulate on September 28 "despite being somewhat concerned that he could be in danger".

She called on Trump to "help shed light" on the journalist's disappearance.

Turkish police were looking into two private aircraft which landed at Istanbul's Ataturk airport on October 2 at different times carrying 15 people of interest in the case, as well as the possibility that Khashoggi was kidnapped and taken aboard one of the planes, local media reported.

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