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Jamal Khashoggi: what we know so far

Jamal Khashoggi: what we know so far

"When I hear of the arrest of a friend who did nothing that (deserved being) arrested, it makes me feel I shouldn't go", he told the BBC.

The United States has investigators overseas to assist Turkey in its probe over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US President Donald Trump said on Thursday, adding that they are also working with Saudi Arabia.

For those unaware, the New York Times reported this week that officials believe Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated in the Saudi consulate in Turkey last week by a team who dismembered his body with a bonesaw.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then had a follow-up call with the crown prince to reiterate the U.S. request for information and a thorough, transparent investigation.

WASHINGTON ― The American president who has made a habit of calling news media "the enemy of the people" is now facing a possible effect of his words: the disappearance, perhaps murder, of a Washington-based journalist at the hands of one of the president's closest allies.

A critic of the crown prince, Mr Khashoggi was living in self-imposed exile in the USA and writing opinion pieces for the Washington Post before his disappearance.

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The US has been under increased pressure to demand answers from Saudi Arabia, a longtime US ally in the Middle East, as to Khashoggi's disappearance. About two hours after he entered the consulate, video released by state media in Turkey shows several vehicles with diplomatic license plates, leave the consulate and drive some 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) away to the consul's residence. "We can't let it happen".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called for Saudi Arabia to support an investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance.

"The Saudis have a lot of explaining to do because all indications are that they have been involved at minimum with his disappearance", Corker told The Associated Press. But it's a very serious situation, and it's something we're taking very seriously.

The US State Department announced Thursday that Saudi Ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz had headed back home to get more information about the case. The reports did not cite a source and there was no official confirmation of the claim.

"In both calls, they asked for more details and for the Saudi government to be transparent in the investigation process", the White House said.

They told Trump, "Our expectation is that in making your determination you will consider any relevant information, including with respect to the highest ranking officials in the government of Saudi Arabia".

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Speaking to reporters, Trump said he saw no reason to block Saudi purchases of USA arms or its investments in the United States despite the journalist's case, saying the Gulf nation would just move its money into Russian Federation and China. "I don't believe anything they say", Graham told Al Jazeera. Khoshoggi disappeared upon visiting the consulate last week. The Saudis deny the allegation but have not been able to provide proof that he left the consulate alive.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a longtime critic of the Saudi government, has said he'll try to force a vote in the Senate blocking US arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Sen.

The Post said it was not clear to officials with knowledge of the intelligence whether the Saudis discussed harming Khashoggi as part of the plan to detain him in Saudi Arabia.

The most direct call for punishing Riyadh came from Republican Senator Rand Paul, who wrote in a tweet earlier in the day that the Saudi killings of dissidents and opposition journalists won't stop unless the USA stops "arming and assisting" Riyadh.

It was a year ago that Donald Trump joined in a traditional sword jig in Saudi Arabia where he was swaying and smirking with pleasure on the defense deal with Riyadh, pledging $110 billion immediately and an estimated $300 billion over 10 years.

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