Turkish authorities to search Saudi consulate after dissident journalist vanishes

Turkey believes journalist killed in Saudi consulate

Saudi Arabia is a longtime ally of the United States, but on Monday senior US officials expressed alarm over Khashoggi's disappearance.

Khashoggi's disappearance is likely to further deepen divisions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Instead of pursuing these angles, the mainstream USA media is focussing on the minute details of Khashoggi's disappearance inside a Saudi consulate in Turkey, and giving too much space to unbelievable Saudi denials. Khashoggi is just the kind of Saudi from whom MBS needs to hear.

A former newspaper editor in Saudi Arabia and adviser to its former head of intelligence, Khashoggi left the country previous year saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent. Turkish officials have accused the Saudis of imprisoning or murdering him because he criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his policies related to Qatar, Iran, and political Islam. "I know what everybody else knows - nothing", Trump said.

Turkey summoned the Saudi ambassador on Sunday to request the kingdom's "full cooperation" in the investigation, a Foreign Ministry official said.

"His friends had warned him, 'Don't go there, it is not safe, ' but he said they could not do anything to him in Turkey", said Aktay.

Khashoggi's disappearance could put pressure on the Saudi prince, who has promoted an image of himself as a reformer and a reliable Western ally.

Aksoy added the search will take place as part of the official investigation, which was being conducted "in an intense manner", though he did not say when.

Khashoggi went missing in Istanbul last week.

The disappearance of Khashoggi, previously a prominent newspaper editor in Saudi Arabia and an adviser to its former head of intelligence, has sparked global concern, particularly after Turkish sources said over the weekend that authorities believed he was killed inside the consulate.

Turkish investigators have hinted they know more about the disappearance than they have disclosed.

Erdoğan of Turkey has left no stone unturned to assert Turkey's supremacy in the Middle-East.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, had gone there on an administrative errand but "did not come back out" of the building, police had told the state-run Anadolu news agency.

The Washington Post chose to leave a blank space where Khashoggi's column would have been in its Friday edition in support of the missing writer.

There, he followed closely the rise of Osama Bin Laden, interviewing the late al-Qaeda leader several times during the 1980s and 1990s. Such was the access and charisma of the slain journalist.

Mr Hunt tweeted: "Violence against journalists worldwide is going up & is a grave threat to freedom of expression".

Erdogan said he was personally following the issue, without saying what he believed had happened to Khashoggi.

Whose hand was it? The kingdom has a long history of abducting critics from overseas, and MBS has doubled down on such intimidation.

"Diplomats get absolute immunity from criminal prosecutions, so if an ambassador was involved in the murder, they can't be touched", Professor Saul said.
It is also possible that MBS has struck a new tie-up with the Israeli secret service - this operation in Istanbul has the footprints of high-calibre professionalism seen in the cases of unseen hands eliminating their opposition with silence and finesse. Given America's silence about the extortion of detainees' funds to secure their release, MBS must be confident that the Trump administration "will do nothing about human rights violations in Saudi Arabia", Riedel wrote, adding, "He is probably right".

An alumnus of the Indiana University, Khashoggi would have turned 60 on the 13th of this month.



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