Jamal Khashoggi case: USA intel heard Saudis discussing plot against journalist
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Oct 11, 2018,
Oct 11, 2018, 13:24
Saudi Arabia, however, has been a major United States ally in the Middle East since WWII, including serving as the launching pad for the 1991 Gulf War and, most recently, as the linchpin of regime change efforts directed against Iran and Syria. "It's a bad thing", Trump said. "I mean, you're affecting us and, you know, they're always quick to jump that way". "We have jobs, we have a lot of things happening in this country".
"I'm not happy about it", Trump said of Khashoggi's disappearance. 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. Saudi Arabia gave no official response to the allegation that members of its security services were on the planes. And frankly I think that that would be a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country.
Britain's foreign minister called for urgent answers and the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker, who has seen classified intelligence on the case, said information pointed to Khashoggi being killed.
A United Nations human rights expert has said the investigation into the disappearance of a Saudi journalist in Turkey "should not be politicized", insisting the case has created a dilemma for the Turkish government.
Heather Nauert, a spokesperson for the US State Department, said on Tuesday that Trump plans to speak to the Saudis - whose crown prince, Mohammed Bin Salman Trump, is thought to be close to - about what happened.
The Trump administration's Middle East policy, ranging from issues of Iran, Syria and Israel, has been built around the Saudi alliance despite criticism of the kingdom's abysmal human rights record and the war in Yemen. "I miss my friends and family very much", he told me.
Cengiz has pleaded for President Donald Trump to help with the search for him amid fading hope that he remains alive.
Turkish newspaper Sabah said on Wednesday it had identified a 15-member intelligence team it said was involved in the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Another man on the list, Salah Muhammed al-Tubaigy, is reported to be a lieutenant-colonel and head of the Saudi Scientific Council of Forensics.
Cengiz, his fiancee, wrote in the newspaper Tuesday that Khashoggi had been "somewhat concerned that he could be in danger" when he first visited the consulate September 28, but after that visit was uneventful, seemed unconcerned when he returned last week to pick up the documents they needed to get married. I am confident in the abilities of Turkish government officials.
"This is an outrage, and MBS has to be not just called out, but has to be shunned by the world community if, in fact, he's doing this to Washington Post columnists".
The official described a quick and complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents, who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the goal. Saudi officials maintain he left the consulate shortly after entering, although it has failed to provide evidence to support that. They checked into two hotels in Istanbul, the paper said. At the same time whether its steps they've taken in the region, this in particular., we need to push back on activities like this if they have occurred.