Images surface of alleged Saudi ‘assassination squad’ following writer’s disappearance

Kenny Grant
October 10, 2018

The New York Times reported Wednesday that Turkish officials believe Kashoggi was killed inside the consulate, at the orders of Saudi Arabia's leadership.

Oil prices rose about one percent on Tuesday on growing evidence of falling Iranian crude exports before the imposition of new USA sanctions, as well as a partial production shutdown in the Gulf of Mexico because of Hurricane Michael.

Prince Mohammed, who has ties to Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, has introduced some economic and social reforms, allowing women to drive and opening movie theaters in the deeply conservative Muslim nation.

Pradhan said two state refineries have made nominations to purchase Iranian oil in November.

The kingdom has dismissed the allegation as "baseless", but has released no evidence supporting its version of events which is that Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed shortly after entering.

Whether this refers to the new General Directorate for Investigation as part of new Saudi state security departments created past year is unclear.

The Washington Post, for which Khashoggi was a contributor, published a surveillance image Tuesday showing the Saudi reporter at the consulate.

Pradhan said he had urged Saudi Arabia's oil minister to keep in mind the interests of oil consuming countries when it came to higher prices. "Having said that, it may well be that we are already in the most supportive phase coming from this change and the effect will soon begin to ease". "I only wish we'd see the same level of effort from Treasury on disconnecting Iranian banks from SWIFT".

Turkish newspaper Sabah, without saying how it obtained the information, reported that on the day Khashoggi went missing, two jets arrived from Riyadh to Istanbul carrying 15 passengers, then returned home later that day via Egypt and Dubai.

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'We're going to take a very serious look at it, it's a awful thing, ' Trump said.

A total of 25 to 30 professional and non-professional journalists are now believed to be detained in Saudi Arabia, which is ranked 169th out of 180 countries in RSF's 2018 World Press Freedom Index, the organisation also said.

USA intelligence officials reportedly intercepted communications that the Saudis discussed a plan to lure and capture Khashoggi before his disappearance, a person familiar with the situation said in The Post.

Vice President Mike Pence expressed fresh concern Wednesday over the case Wednesday, saying "violence against journalists should be condemned" and that the US may be prepared to send Federal Bureau of Investigation officials to help investigate the case.

A USA government official confirmed late Monday the administration is engaged in a process to selectively grant waivers to certain countries still importing Iranian oil.

Drillers cut two oil rigs in the week to October 5, bringing the total count down to 861, energy services firm Baker Hughes said in its weekly report on Friday.

Corker described his talks with Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, as "not a great conversation", and asked to show him video footage of him leaving the consulate.

In an email shared with reporters and described as a "personal message", Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the USA, called Khashoggi a friend. Yet Jamal did not think the Saudis could force him to stay at the consulate in Turkey, even if they wanted to arrest him.

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