Khashoggi Murder:Canada sanctions 17 Saudi nationals

JOHN BOOZMAN A no vote on end to supporting Saudis in war in Yemen

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis both came to Capitol Hill to urgently lobby against the resolution, which would call for an end to US military assistance for the conflict that human rights advocates say is wreaking havoc on Yemen and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing.

A recent Central Intelligence Agency analysis leaked to the United States media reportedly pointed the finger at Prince Mohammed, though Saudi prosecutors have said he had no role in the killing.

A similar resolution fell six votes short of passage earlier this year, but some senators apparently were ready to switch.

Former House Intel Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) in a Thursday appearance on CNN slammed National Security Advisor John Bolton's refusal to listen to the tape of murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying it reflected the administration's overall "mishandling" of the entire incident.

The procedural vote received more Republican support than had been expected after the resolution, sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Independent Sen.

The sanctions, which freezes their assets and bars their travel to Canada, "target individuals who are, in the opinion of the government of Canada, responsible for or complicit in the extrajudicial killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2, 2018", Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement. The Saudi authorities said Khashoggi died in a "brawl" in its consulate.

"I changed my mind because I'm pissed", Graham said. Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the trilateral meeting with PM Modi will be held towards the end of the Trump-Abe talks which is part of the series of the meetings the US President will hold during the two days.

"This case is not closed", she said.

"We can not be deflected from using all our influence to end this war for the good of innocent people in trouble, and ultimately the safety of our own people, and this includes our military engagement", Mattis said.

He then went on the offensive, asking if "is it any coincidence that the people using the Khashoggi murder as a cudgel against President Trump's Saudi Arabia policy are the same people who supported Barack Obama's rapprochement with Iran - a regime that has killed thousands worldwide, including hundreds of Americans, and brutalises its own people?"

Pompeo says US involvement in the conflict is central to the Trump administration's broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

Trump has said it may never be known who was responsible for the killing, and in public comments - and a long and unusual statement last week - he reinforced the United States' long-standing alliance with the Saudis.

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