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For senators, missing journalist casts 'cloud' over U.S.-Saudi relations

For senators, missing journalist casts 'cloud' over U.S.-Saudi relations

Pressure appeared to be building worldwide on close US ally Saudi Arabia on the whereabouts of Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policies, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get documents for his planned marriage.

Turkish media have identified more than a dozen suspects authorities believe killed a missing Saudi journalist inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul a week ago. As of writing, they have not commented on the 15 nationals. It said they checked into two hotels in Istanbul on October 2 and left later that day.

What it doesn't show is the Saudi journalist ever leaving the building. Both the Times and the Post are reporting that a group of 15 men, including an "autopsy expert, presumably there to help dismember the body", arrived from Riyadh on the morning Khashoggi disappeared and left Istanbul later that afternoon.

According to the images, a vehicle that went inside the consulate then went to the consul-general's residence nearby after 1200 GMT, two hours after Khashoggi had entered the mission.

Turkish police were also looking into the possibility that Khashoggi was kidnapped, local media reported.

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Public access flight trackers show one of the planes heading to Dubai on its way to Riyadh.

Sabah daily on Wednesday published the names and images of what it called the "assassination team" including a man called Salah Muhammed Al-Tubaigy whose name it said matched that of a lieutenant-colonel in the Saudi forensic department.

Surveillance footage released by the Turkish government shows Khashoggi entering the consulate, but they say there is no evidence he left afterward, leading Turkish officials to say they believe he was killed. Khashoggi had left his phones with her before entering and told her to wait outside and alert the authorities if he did not return.

Once Mr. Trump has determined "whether a foreign person is responsible for an extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violation of internationally recognized human rights against an individual exercising freedom of expression", according to the letter, he must report to the committee within 120 days with a decision on the imposition of retaliatory sanctions.

Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee yesterday spoke of her "fear and concern" for his wellbeing.

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Turkish investigators are examining CCTV footage showing the moment he entered the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents ahead of his marriage to his Turkish fiance Hatice Cengiz. President Donald Trump: "I know nothing right now". "That's why I want to say, we don't want to make any judgments about what happened, and we call for a thorough and transparent investigation".

'We were in the middle of making wedding plans, life plans, ' she added.

"We need to take some type of action, and there are some things we can do congressionally", he said. At the same time whether its steps they've taken in the region, this in particular., we need to push back on activities like this if they have occurred.

She acknowledged the writer first visited the consulate on 28 September "despite being somewhat concerned that he could be in danger".

'He was, however, increasingly anxious about an unprecedented wave of arrests in his country'.

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"If it did happen, there would hell to pay", he added. But people saw him go in but they didn't see him come out as they understand it. Saudi Arabia, however, has been a major U.S. ally in the Middle East since WWII, including serving as the launching pad for the 1991 Gulf War and, most recently, as the linchpin of regime change efforts directed against Iran and Syria.