ISTANBUL -- A newspaper close to the Turkish president published photos Wednesday of what it said was a 15-member "assassination squad" allegedly sent to target Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last week. Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate, allegations rejected by Saudi Arabia, which says he left the premises. Turkey has been given permission to search the diplomatic post, an extraordinary development that shows the increasing international pressure the kingdom faces over Khashoggi's disappearance. The report by the Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published images of the men apparently taken at passport control. It said they checked into two hotels in Istanbul on Oct. 2, the day Khashoggi went missing, and left later that day. Khashoggi had written a series of columns for the Washington Post that were critical of Saudi Arabia's assertive Crown … [Read more...] about Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: Turkey newspaper shows photos of purported Saudi “assassination squad”
BEIRUT -- Turkish authorities on Monday requested access to the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul for a second time since the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last week. Khashoggi vanished after a visit to consulate, and his friends and allies suspect he was killed inside the building. Turkish officials claim the Washington Post contributor was slain at the consulate and that his body was later removed. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not confirm the alleged killing, saying he would await the result of an investigation. Saudi Arabia has insisted that Khashoggi left the Istanbul consulate and disappeared somewhere after brief visit there. Neither side has offered evidence to back its argument, in spite of the fact that the consulate is surrounded by security cameras, inside and out. A Turkish official said Monday that Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Turkey had been summoned to the ministry to request Riyadh's cooperation in an investigation over Khashoggi's … [Read more...] about Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: Turkey asks to search Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul
Foreign Policy Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), along with Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) are voicing concern over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday. Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, has written critically about the Saudi royal family and is known for his intimate knowledge of the family’s dynamics. According the Post’s editorial board, Khashoggi went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to fill out “routine paperwork” when he vanished. The Saudi government maintains Khashoggi left the consulate, but his fiancee denied that he has. The Post left a column blank on its Opinion page Friday to draw attention to his disappearance. Story Continued Below The Saudi consulate in Istanbul released a statement Wednesday saying they are cooperating with Turkish police in the investigation while reiterating that Khashoggi had … [Read more...] about Corker, Coons, Murphy, Connolly: Where is Jamal Khashoggi?
ISTANBUL -- Saudi Arabia's Consulate in Istanbul insisted Thursday that a missing Saudi contributor to The Washington Post left its building before disappearing, directly contradicting Turkish officials who say they believe the writer is still inside. The comments further deepen the mystery surrounding what happened to Jamal Khashoggi, who had been living in a self-imposed exile in the U.S. while writing columns critical of the kingdom and its policies under upstart Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Khashoggi's disappearance also threatened to further deteriorate relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, which are on opposite sides of an ongoing four-nation boycott of Qatar and other regional crises. In a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the consulate did not challenge that Khashoggi, 59, had disappeared while on a visit to the diplomatic post. "The consulate confirmed that it is carrying out follow-up procedures and coordination with the Turkish local … [Read more...] about Saudis say journalist Jamal Khashoggi left Turkey consulate before disappearance
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A journalist critical of Saudi Arabia's crown prince in columns for The Washington Post has gone missing after visiting the country's consulate in Istanbul, the newspaper said Wednesday. Jamal Khashoggi's personal website bore a banner saying "Jamal has been arrested at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul!" without elaborating. The Post described the journalist's friends as being worried "after losing contact with him" Tuesday. Saudi officials in both Washington and Riyadh did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Associated Press. However, 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's rise to power has seen a slew of businessmen, politicians and activists detained. "We have been unable to reach Jamal today and are very concerned about where he may be," The Post's international opinions … [Read more...] about Jamal Khashoggi disappears after visiting Saudi Consulate in Istanbul