Jamal Khashoggi case: USA intel heard Saudis discussing plot against journalist

Iranian-Saudi detente could transform the region and US power is there to prevent

Iranian-Saudi detente could transform the region and US power is there to prevent

Turkish sources believe he was tortured, killed and dismembered.

The Washington Post reported senior Saudi officials had offered journalist Jamal Khashoggi protection and a high-level job working for the government if he returned to his home country.

On Wednesday, Turkish television released CCTV footage of him entering the consulate. His fiancée, waiting outside, said he never emerged and Turkish sources said they believe Khashoggi was killed in the building. "All the related developments, ins and outs from Turkey, have been put under the spotlight", Erdoğan added.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC has warned that if there was any truth to the allegations of wrongdoing by the Saudi government, it would be "devastating" to the U.S. -Saudi relationship.

Aksam said they left their hotel later in the morning.

Erdogan said Saudi officials need to prove that Khashoggi left the building.

Khashoggi is a well-known critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (also widely known as MBS) and his reform program, as well as the kingdom's policies toward Qatar and the war in Yemen.

A former editor of the al-Watan newspaper, he was for years seen as close to the Saudi royal family.

Khashoggi, who had been living in self-imposed exile for the past year, vanished on October 2, after he entered the consulate to obtain a document.

Turkish officials are hoping to enter the consulate and consul general residence to conduct an investigation.

"It is not right to draw conclusions based on guesses, however we are concerned".

"It's a very sad situation, it's a very bad situation and we want to get to the bottom of it", said the president.

Donald Trump, the USA president, said he had raised Mr Khashoggi's case with Saudi Arabia "at the highest level" and a few times in recent days. But after three hours I was overcome with fear and concern.

On his first global trip as president, Trump visited Saudi Arabia and announced $110 billion in proposed arms sales.

A key USA lawmaker, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, told VOA the unfolding drama could significantly affect US relations with Saudi Arabia, long an American ally in the Middle East.

There are plenty of gruesome rumours flying around over what happened to Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia denies this. "We should be extending support from our federal agencies for a real investigation", the senator tweeted.

The US peace group Code Pink mounted a protest in front of the Saudi Embassy in Washington Wednesday, brandishing signs saying "Where is Jamal Khashoggi?" and "Khashoggi: Another Victim of Saudi Violence".

"There is a delay over the Manbij deal".

Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also spoke to Salman in a "follow up call" that sought to "reiterate the United States request for information".

Turkey has backed Qatar in its dispute with Saudi Arabia and its neighbors. Both countries conducted separate coordinated patrols in the region between areas liberated by Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield and Manbij, according to Turkish officials. I am the president of the Republic of Turkey, which is a democratic republic. "I don't want to prejudge, but if it goes down the road that I'm anxious about it going down, contempt will be met with contempt", he said.

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