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Turkey accepts Saudi offer to cooperate on Khashoggi investigation

11 October, 2018, 22:58 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • The image taken from Turkey's Daily Sabah shows 15 Saudi operatives suspected of having killed Kamal Khashoggi upon his arrival at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Saudi Arabia remained silent as the images, though not offering definitive proof about Khashoggi's fate, played across television networks in Turkey and around the world.

"Would be nice to definitively rule out that the Saudis are paying the president massive bribes in exchange for tacit approval for murdering critics!"

The Post reported late Wednesday that Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, ordered that Khashoggi, a prominent critic, be lured from his home in the USA and detained.

This image taken from CCTV video obtained by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet and made available on Oct. 9, 2018, claims to show Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Oct. 2, 2018.

Since Khashoggi's disappearance, the Trump administration has come under increasing pressure to press the Riyadh government for details about his whereabouts. The Post, citing anonymous US officials familiar with the intelligence, said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered an operation to lure Jamal Khashoggi from his home in Virginia to Saudi Arabia and then detain him.

"But you can't be killing Americans - you can't be killing Washington Post journalists", Kilmeade interjected.

Earlier Wednesday, Turkish media published surveillance footage of the men Ankara believes to have been part of the "assassination squad".

US Senator Chris Murphy emphasized that if Saudi Arabia had a plan to capture and kill Khashoggi, it was "time for the United States to rethink our military, political and economic relationship with Saudi Arabia".

Turkish, US and British intelligence sources have told press, privately, that Khashoggi was likely murdered at the consulate at the request of the Saudi leadership. Relations were already strained after Turkey sent troops to the Gulf state of Qatar a year ago in a show of support after its Gulf neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, imposed an embargo on Doha.

In an interview Wednesday, Pence said the U.S.is "ready to assist in anyway" in response to questions about sending Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. Saudi Arabia may have agreed to the search in order to reassure its Western allies and the global community.

WWE's continued business in Saudi Arabia remains a hot-button topic in professional wrestling, particularly with Crown Jewel (2 November) right around the corner, and PWTorch.com's Wade Keller has this week highlighted a damning new Washington Post article on current USA/Saudi relations. "And we're going to get to the bottom of it", Trump said.

Jeremy Hunt, Britain's Foreign Secretary, met with the Saudi ambassador to the United Kingdom on Tuesday "to seek urgent answers over Jamal Khashoggi".

"If a bird flew, if a mosquito appeared, these systems would catch them and (I believe) they (the Saudis) would have to most advanced of systems".

Footage time-stamped 4:51 a.m. and 4:53 a.m. shows the men, carrying small carry-on bags, checking into the Movenpick hotel near the consulate.

At least 15 Saudi journalists and bloggers have been arrested over the past year, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Wednesday, following the disappearance of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his department called on Saudi Arabia to "support a thorough investigation. and to be transparent about the results".

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

'In fact we have a call in to his wife, in fact his wife wrote a letter addressed to my wife and myself and we're in contact with her now and we want to bring her to the White House.' Trump was referring to Khashoggi's fancee.



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