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CIA Determines Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s Assassination

CIA Determines Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s AssassinationCIA officials are certain that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered



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CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince behind Khashoggi murder: reports

CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince behind Khashoggi murder: reportsThe US Central Intelligence Agency has concluded Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US media reported Friday, citing people close to the matter. Queried by AFP, the CIA declined to comment.



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Khashoggi murder: What we know about Saudi suspects

Khashoggi murder: What we know about Saudi suspectsSaudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered on October 2 in his country’s consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was drugged and dismembered and his remains were then removed from the consulate, the Saudi public prosecutor’s office said on Thursday. Here is what we know about the Saudis accused of involvement in the murder that has provoked an international outcry.



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CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince ordered murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince ordered murder of journalist Jamal KhashoggiThe CIA has concluded Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to US media. Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month, was reportedly given assurances that it was safe for him to attend the consulate in a phone call with the Saudi ambassador to the US, Khalid bin Salman, who is the brother of the Crown Prince. The Washington Post reported on Friday night that the US intelligence agency intercepted a call from the Crown Prince to his brother Khalid in which he instructed him to telephone Khashoggi. It is not clear if Khalid bin Salman knew that Khashoggi would be killed, but it is the clearest evidence yet that the order to murder the journalist came from the very highest levels of the Saudi government.  Saudi Arabia has repeatedly denied that the Crown Prince had any involvement in the death of Khashoggi, who had been a fierce critic of Mohammed bin Salman.  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Credit:  REUTERS The revelation will put further pressure on President Donald Trump to publicly rebuke Saudi Arabia's leaders over the diplomatic crisis. The White House has so far been reluctant to damage their relationship with a key ally and trading partner in the Middle East, with Mr Trump repeating Saudi claims that the murder was the result of rogue agents. The Crown Prince, who is expected to become the next Saudi king, had been seen as a moderniser by Western allies. However international outcry over the murder of Mr Khashoggi has brought his involvement in the affair under heavy scrutiny.  Saudi Arabia has offered shifting explanations or the incident, most recently claiming that rogue operatives injected Khashoggi with a lethal drug overdose. The kingdom has announced charges against 11 people it says were involved and vowed to seek the death penalty against five. Some of the hit team have been identified as key aides to the Crown Prince and other senior Saudi officials. The CIA reportedly obtained the intelligence that Khashoggi's life may have been in danger before his murder but it was not discovered until after his disappearance, intelligence sources told the Washington Post.  Khashoggi was not considered "a person of interest" before his disappearance, and was regarded as protected from American intelligence gathering in part because of his status as a US resident, according to the sources. It was only after his death that US intelligence agencies began searching their archives and uncovered material suggesting the Saudi royal family had been attempting to lure the dissident back to the country. Khalid bin Salman issued a vehement public denial of the reports, insisting that his last communication with the journalist was by text message in 2017.  As we told the Washington Post the last contact I had with Mr. Khashoggi was via text on Oct 26 2017. I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim.— Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان (@kbsalsaud) November 16, 2018 "I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. "I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim," he added.



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CIA has concluded Saudi crown prince ordered journalist's killing: Washington Post

CIA has concluded Saudi crown prince ordered journalist's killing: Washington PostWASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, the Washington Post reported on Friday, a finding that contradicts Saudi government assertions that he was not involved. The Post said U.S. officials have expressed high confidence in the CIA assessment, which is the most definitive to date linking Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler to the killing and complicates President Donald Trump's efforts to preserve U.S. ties with one of the closest American allies in the region. …



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Saudi king to resume domestic tour amid Khashoggi fallout

Saudi king to resume domestic tour amid Khashoggi falloutSaudi King Salman will resume an unprecedented domestic tour next week, the royal court said Tuesday, as the kingdom grapples with an international crisis over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The king is now set to visit the “northern regions of the kingdom” next week to “inspect the condition of citizens and inaugurate a number of development projects”, the official Saudi Press Agency said citing the royal court. SPA said the king is also set to address the Shura Council, a top advisory body, on Monday, in his first public comments since the murder of insider-turned-critic Khashoggi on October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.



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Trump Picks Retired General To Fill Vacancy As Ambassador To Saudi Arabia

Trump Picks Retired General To Fill Vacancy As Ambassador To Saudi ArabiaPresident Donald Trump has nominated retired Army Gen. John Abizaid to fill



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Saudi king to tour northern region, address Shura Council next week

Saudi king to tour northern region, address Shura Council next weekSaudi Arabia’s King Salman will resume a domestic tour and make an annual address to the Shura Council next week, as the country grapples with its worst political crisis in a generation over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The king, 82, will meet citizens and launch development projects in northern areas including Waad al-Shamal industrial city, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. The king last week visited Qassim and Hail provinces, north of the capital Riyadh, and was accompanied at times by his favorite son and heir apparent Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.



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Turkey's Erdogan says Khashoggi recordings 'appalling', shocked Saudi intelligence

Turkey's Erdogan says Khashoggi recordings 'appalling', shocked Saudi intelligenceKhashoggi, a critic of de facto Saudi ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2 in a hit which Erdogan says was ordered at the “highest levels” of the Saudi government. Six weeks after Khashoggi’s death, Turkey is trying to keep up pressure on Prince Mohammed and has released a stream of evidence that undermined Riyadh’s early denials of involvement. Prine Mohammed won support on Tuesday from U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, who said he did not think recordings of the killing shared by Turkey implicated the young crown prince.



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Saudi minister calls for 1 mln bpd global oil output cut

Saudi minister calls for 1 mln bpd global oil output cutSaudi Arabia’s energy minister called Monday for a global output cut of one million barrels per day to re-balance the market, as Riyadh unveiled plans to cut production by 500,000 bpd from December. “The technical analysis we reviewed yesterday shows that we need a reduction approaching one million bpd to balance the market,” Khalid al-Falih told an energy conference in Abu Dhabi. The proposed reduction is from October production levels, Falih said.



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