Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Turkish paper publishes photos of Saudi 'squad'

Turkish paper publishes photos of Saudi 'squad'

"If this is true - that the Saudis lured a USA resident into their consulate and murdered him - it should represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia".

"Victims of the Arab world's authoritarian regimes seek leadership from the USA and DAWN intends to provide such leadership", the organization wrote in a statement listing its core principles.

Shortly after Graham's remarks, Trump said in the Oval Office that he has already spoken with high-level Saudi officials about Khashoggi. "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".

The Saudi Arabian journalist has been missing since October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate building to get documents for his re-marriage to a Turkish woman.

Trump, who sealed a $110 billion deal for US companies to sell arms to Saudi Arabia on his first foreign trip as president in May 2017, said Washington was looking into the disappearance.

Turkey is not going to remain silent in connection with the mysterious disappearance of Saudi reporter Jamal Khashoggi, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, the Turkish media reported October 11. Her statement, posted below, made no mention of any action or acknowledgement on the Saudi side.

The kingdom is already under pressure amid growing worldwide concern for the writer.

Saudi Arabia's crown prince and de facto ruler ordered an operation targeting journalist and United States' resident Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing for more than a week, The Washington Post reported Wednesday citing U.S. intelligence intercepts.

Khashoggi, a Virginia-based critic of bin Salman's policies, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, last week for some paperwork regarding his divorce, but he never exited the mission. State broadcaster TRT World, which aired the footage, says the jet was carrying nine men. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said national security adviser John Bolton and presidential senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke on Tuesday to the crown prince about Khashoggi. They checked into two hotels in Istanbul, the paper said.

Minutes after their arrival at Ataturk International Airport, two cars can be seen taking the men to Gate E, where eight of them are seen on camera passing through passport control.

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Ali al-Ahmed, a prominent Saudi analyst and critic, said the United States should hold the crown prince personally responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance.

A private Turkish television channel close to the country's president has aired surveillance video of missing writer Jamal Khashoggi walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and a black van leaving later for the consul's home.

Further reports said that a group of 15 Saudis entered the consulate on the same day as Khashoggi and soon left the country, and that Khashoggi had been dismembered and smuggled out of Turkey in small boxes.

The senators said in a letter that Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance suggests "a gross violation of internationally recognized human rights".

The Saudi consulate has said CCTV cameras were not working that day and has dismissed the murder claims as "baseless".

These men had arrived hours earlier from Riyadh, a lot of them by private plane, the officials said. "We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anybody".

Turkey summoned the Saudi ambassador Sunday to request the kingdom's "full cooperation" in the investigation, a Foreign Ministry official said. Turkish officials have said that they fear the team killed Khashoggi.

Both planes later returned to Riyadh with one stopping in Dubai and the other in Egypt, Sabah reported, adding the police were looking into the possibility that Khashoggi was kidnapped.

Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz wrote in an opinion piece for The Washington Post that she was "confident in the abilities of Turkish government officials".

The crown prince has arrested Saudi clerics, bloggers, journalists and activists, with at least one woman who campaigns for female rights facing the death penalty.

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