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    Fayez Nureldine/Getty Images) Failing to punish Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his role in killing Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi would “endanger” the United States and be a “stain on our humanity,” Khashoggi’s former fiancé said Monday. “The truth … is now confirmed,” Hatice Cengiz said in a statement. “It is essential that the crown prince, who ordered the brutal murder of a blameless and innocent person, should be punished without delay. This will not only bring the justice we have been seeking for Jamal, but it could also prevent similar acts recurring in the future. “If the crown prince is not punished, it will forever signal that the main culprit can get away with murder which will endanger us all and be a stain on our humanity,” Cengiz added. Khashoggi, 59, was killed and dismembered in 2018 when he entered Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Turkey to apply for a marriage license....
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that Saudi Arabia and the government of Yemen are "committed and eager" to find a way to end the war in Yemen and called on the Houthi group to do the same. Speaking after a visit to the region by his Yemen envoy Tim Lenderking, Blinken told a U.N. humanitarian aid pledging conference: "He reports that the Saudis and the Republic of Yemen government are committed and eager to find a solution to the conflict. We call on the Houthis to match this commitment. A necessary first step is to stop their offensive against Marib." (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Iran, United Nations, Yemen, Africa, United States, Middle East, Saudi Arabia
    (CNN)Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and a Washington Post columnist, was critical of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies. He was allegedly killed and dismembered on October 2, 2018, in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by men with close ties to the highest levels of the Saudi government and bin Salman. Although the CIA has concluded that the crown prince personally ordered Khashoggi's murder, US President Donald Trump has signaled he will not take strong action against Saudi Arabia, a key US ally, or its crown prince, despite pressure at home and internationally.Personal Birth date: October 13, 1958Death date: October 2, 2018Read MoreBirth place: Medina, Saudi ArabiaBirth name: Jamal Ahmad KhashoggiMarriage: Rawia al-Tunisi; at least one other previous marriageChildren: with Tunisi: Salah, Abdullah, Noha, Razan JamalEducation: Indiana State University, BA in business administration, 1983 Other FactsKhashoggi is pronounced kha-SHOOG-jee (with a soft J) or kha-SHOOK-jee (Both are...
    Former President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE on Sunday said that he thinks President BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits MORE is likely weighing his reaction to the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi against America’s relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, saying the approach is similar to the one he took with the case. “It’s unfortunate that the whole incident took place,” Trump said in response to a question from Steve Hilton in an appearance on Fox News' “The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton” after the end of CPAC. “But we have to look at it as an overall [situation],” he continued, adding...
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slamming the Biden administration over it’s “reckless” and “political” release of an intelligence report tying Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to the 2018 murder of Virginia-based Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Speaking to Fox News on Sunday afternoon, the nation’s former top diplomat made the remarks after being asked about the Khashoggi report being declassified for the public to see. “Our administration took the murder of Jamal Khashoggi very seriously. We held accountable lots of folks in Saudi Arabia who did this,” Pompeo began before knocking the Biden administration’s handling of the report. “The release of this report was reckless. It was political. It was aimed at harming a relationship with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the use of intelligence in a way that, as a former CIA director, I would have never stood for,” he continued, “So I regret that they chose...
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    The former fiancé of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi says the heir to the Saudi throne "should be punished without delay" after a U.S. intelligence report published by the Biden administration pinned the blame on him for the writer's brutal murder. The intelligence report, which was compiled months ago but only made public on Friday by the White House, concludes that "Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi." CBS News' Margaret Brennan and Ed O'Keefe reported The Biden administration is preparing to institute a new policy aimed at punishing future attacks by foreign governments on journalists working for U.S. news outlets, and the U.S. Treasury said it would hit one Saudi military unit and an ex-intelligence official from the country with sanctions for their roles in Khashoggi's murder. But the White House is not planning to...
    By Alex Lawler LONDON, Mar 1 (.) – OPEC oil production fell in February as a voluntary cut by Saudi Arabia added to cuts agreed to under a pact with allies, ending a streak of seven consecutive monthly increases. The 13 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries pumped 24.89 million barrels per day (bpd) in February, according to a . poll, 870,000 bpd less than in January. It was the first monthly decrease since June 2020. OPEC and its allies, known as OPEC +, decided to keep supply mostly stable during February, while Saudi Arabia made a further cut due to concerns about a slow recovery in demand. OPEC + is ready to discuss further pumping at a meeting Thursday after oil hit 13-month highs last week. “So far, the alliance members have been cooperating and implementing the cuts in an exemplary manner,” said Commerzbank analyst Eugen...
    British Formula E driver Alex Lynn is 'doing well' after suffering a horror crash during a race in Saudi Arabia.  Footage of the incident shows the 27-year-old's Mahindra car collide with Mitch Evans' Jaguar before flipping upside down on track in Diriyah.  A fixed camera to the side of a right bend captured the dramatic moment Lynn took off down the straight before colliding with the wall just out of shot.  Alex Lynn suffered a horrendous crash on Saturday during a Formula E race in Saudi Arabia The British driver flipped his car and skidded upside down before coming to a halt  We are thankful that Alex Lynn is well after this accident. Testament to the medical staff, marshals and the @FIA who keep our sport safe. ¿¿ to Mitch Evans who abandoned his race to run to Alex¿s aid. #ABBFormulaE #DiriyahEPrix @alexlynnracing @mitchevans_ pic.twitter.com/hp7FTNYR8w— ABB FIA Formula...
    By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Sunday it remains open to talks with Iran over the 2015 nuclear deal despite Tehran’s rejection of an EU invitation to join a meeting with the U.S. and the other original participants in the agreement. A senior administration official said the U.S. was “disappointed” in the rejection but was flexible as to the timing and format of the talks and saw Iran’s decision to snub the European invitation as part of the diplomatic process. The official said the U.S. would be consulting with the other participants — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union — on the way forward. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. Earlier Sunday, Iran turned down the offer for talks saying the “time isn’t ripe” for the meeting, at which...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Sunday it remains open to talks with Iran over the 2015 nuclear deal despite Tehran’s rejection of an EU invitation to join a meeting with the U.S. and the other original participants in the agreement. A senior administration official said the U.S. was “disappointed” in the rejection but was flexible as to the timing and format of the talks and saw Iran’s decision to snub the European invitation as part of the diplomatic process. The official said the U.S. would be consulting with the other participants — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union — on the way forward. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. Earlier Sunday, Iran turned down the offer for talks saying the “time isn’t ripe” for the meeting, at which the U.S. would have participated...
    Reuters February 28, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden on Saturday said his administration would make an announcement on Saudi Arabia on Monday, following a U.S. intelligence report that found Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Biden administration has faced some criticism, notably an editorial in the Washington Post, that the president should have been tougher on the crown prince, who was not sanctioned despite being blamed for approving Khashoggi’s murder. Asked about punishing the crown prince, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, who is also known as MbS, Biden said: “There will be an announcement on Monday as to what we are going to be doing with Saudi Arabia generally.” Biden did not provide details. But a White House official suggested no new significant steps were expected. “The administration took a wide range of new actions on Friday. The president is...
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that the release of the intel report on Jamal Khashoggi’s murder was “reckless’ and a “political stunt.” The Biden administration released the intel report last week, and the report said rather directly, “We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salam approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture of kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.” But President Joe Biden has come under serious criticism for his decision not to sanction MBS directly as a result. Fox News’ Eric Shawn asked Pompeo — who was at CPAC — for his reaction to the intel report. Pompeo said the Trump administration “took the murder of Jamal Khashoggi very seriously” before criticizing the release of the report as “reckless” and “political.” “It was aimed at harming our relationship with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the use of intelligence in a way that, as a...
    A Democratic senator said Sunday that he is "optimistic" that the Biden administration will deliver justice for Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist thought to have been murdered by Saudi agents in 2018. Speaking with CNN's Dana BashDana BashTexas Republican criticizes Cruz for Cancun trip: 'When a crisis hits my state, I'm there' Fauci: 'Possible' Americans will need to wear masks into 2022 Progressive caucus chair: I think minimum wage will be included in COVID-19 aid package MORE on "State of the Union," Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsDemocrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' Sunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill MORE (D-Del.) argued that President BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech...
    RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 10: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - "BANDAR ALGALOUD / SAUDI KINGDOM COUNCIL / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman attends the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) annual summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Kingdom Council / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)Anadolu Agency WASHINGTON – The White House on Sunday defended its decision to not target Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after a U.S. intelligence report linked the royal to the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "Historically and even in recent history, Democratic and Republican administrations, there have not been sanctions put in place for the leaders of foreign governments where we have diplomatic relations and even where we don't have diplomatic relations," White House press secretary Jen...
    Jen Psaki suggested Sunday that Joe Biden will not directly issue sanctions against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, claiming there are better ways for the president to retaliate for journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.  'We believe there is more effective ways to make sure this doesn't happen again and to also be able to leave room to work with the Saudis on areas where there is mutual agreement – where there is national interests for the United States,' Psaki told CNN. 'That is what diplomacy looks like,' Biden's press secretary said during an interview with 'State of the Union' on Sunday morning. The president’s spokesperson was specifically asked why the U.S. was punishing people under the Crown Prince, but not MBS himself.  She called Khashoggi's 2018 murder a 'horrific crime.' 'That is what complicated global engagement looks like and we have made no secret and been clear we are going...
    President Biden is facing growing pressure to take direct action against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. On two Sunday morning shows, White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended the Biden administration's response to the intelligence report released Friday that found bin Salman "approved" the 2018 assassination of Khashoggi, a United States resident and Saudi critic. While sanctions have been levied against other people and entities over Khashoggi's death, they haven't been against the kingdom's de facto leader as the White House tries to adopt a tougher stance against Saudi Arabia. At the same time, Biden is attempting to keep the Saudis on his side as a strategic partner who can counterbalance Iran in the region. "The United States has not historically sanctioned the leaders of countries where we have diplomatic relations or even somewhere we don’t have diplomatic relations,"...
    Fred Hiatt, the editor of The Washington Post's editorial page and a colleague of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, on Sunday said the Biden administration had not done enough to penalize Saudi Arabia after a report released last week linked Khashoggi's death to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. During an appearance on ABC's "This Week," host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosBrooke Baldwin to leave CNN Fauci: Stimulus bill needs to be passed for schools to reopen Coons blames McConnell for Trump acquittal: We needed 'more Republican courage' MORE asked Hiatt what more he felt the Biden administration could do in response to the unclassified report from the director of national intelligence. "I think the question is what can you do so that the next time [Mohammed bin Salman] or another would-be butcher like that is thinking about doing a heinous crime like this will stop and think it's not worth doing. And so far, the calculation for...
    Iran is behind a mysterious explosion on an Israeli cargo vessel in the Persian Gulf and a response will be forthcoming, Israeli defense officials said over the weekend. “We will need to keep investigating, but we can say for sure that Iran is attempting to damage Israeli infrastructure and harm Israelis,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz told the Kan public broadcaster. A separate report in the Hebrew-language Ynet news site also cited senior defense officials as saying that Israel was “considering an appropriate response.” “This will not be accepted silently.” The Helios Ray cargo ship docked at Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Sunday morning for repairs. It was en route to Singapore from Saudi Arabia when the blast occurred. No injuries were reported but the vessel sustained four holes on both sides of its hull. Former Israeli ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon also warned: “We will not be silent. The Iranians...
    CNN host Dana Bash repeatedly pressed White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Sunday morning over President Joe Biden apparently shirking his promise to hold Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) accountable for his role in the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Following the release of a declassified intelligence report on Khashoggi’s death that determined MBS directly approved the killing of the journalist, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced visa restrictions impacting 76 Saudis who have harassed and attacked journalists and activists. The Biden administration, however, issued no actions or sanctions against the crown prince. According to CNN, administration officials said that sanctioning MBS “was never really an option” because any punishment of the crown prince would have been “too complicated” and “could have jeopardized U.S. military interests in Saudi Arabia.” Interviewing Psaki on CNN’s State of the Union, Bash brought up Biden’s previous criticism of former President...
    Washington (CNN)White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Sunday defended the Biden administration's decision to not directly sanction Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the brutal death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying there are "more effective ways" to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the killing."We believe there is more effective ways to make sure this doesn't happen again and to also be able to leave room to work with the Saudis on areas where there is mutual agreement -- where there is national interests for the United States. That is what diplomacy looks like," Psaki told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" when asked why the administration is punishing people under the crown prince but not him. "That is what complicated global engagement looks like and we have made no secret and been clear we are going to hold them accountable on the global stage and with direct...
    CNN’s Dana Bash grilled White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki about why the Biden administration isn’t taking direct action against Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. As Bash interviewed Psaki on Sunday for State of the Union, she turned to the newly-released U.S. intel report which determined that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s killing in 2018. Bash noted that President Joe Biden promised to hold Saudi Arabia accountable while running for office, so she asked Psaki why he isn’t taking action against the crown prince directly. Psaki responded by defending the Biden administration’s approach to human rights abuses, and she claimed that the report’s release was part of that endeavor after it was “held back over the last four years.” Bash continued the interview by noting that the U.S. is currently sanctioning others in connection with Khashoggi’s murder, but not MBS himself. “Isn’t...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's sovereignty is a red line, Saudi columnists said on Sunday, ramping up rhetoric in defense of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after a U.S. intelligence report implicated him in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Prince Mohammed, de facto ruler of the U.S.-allied Gulf powerhouse, has denied any involvement in the 2018 murder of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The U.S. administration on Friday imposed sanctions on some of those involved, but spared the prince. Washington released an intelligence report saying the crown prince had approved an operation to capture or kill Khashoggi. "America does not have the right to bully a strategic regional ally and it is not in its interest to let domestic differences harm its regional interests and those of its partners," Khaled al-Malik wrote in local Al Jazirah newspaper. President Joe Biden's decision to publish the report withheld by...
    One more attack. The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed on Saturday it had foiled a Houthi ballistic missile attack targeting the Saudi capital Riyadh and said it destroyed five drones targeting cities in southern Saudi Arabia, reported on Saudi television. State. One of the drones loaded with explosives was heading towards Jazan and three others were heading towards Khamis Mushait, the same source added. A coalition of Gulf countries under Saudi command has been intervening militarily since 2015 in Yemen against the Houthis, supported by Iran, who control the north of the country including Sanaa, the capital. However, Joe Biden ended American support for the coalition in early February, breaking with Donald Trump’s diplomacy. “We are stepping up our diplomatic efforts to end the war in Yemen”, said the President of the United States in his first foreign policy speech. “This war must end”, he hammered,...
    President Joe Biden said on Saturday that an announcement will be made on Saudi Arabia on Monday in connection with the US intelligence report claiming that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Asked about possible retaliatory measures against the prince, Joe Biden replied: “There will be an announcement on Monday on what we are going to do with Saudi Arabia in general”. According to a CIA report declassified by the White House on Friday, Mohammed bin Salman approved the operation to capture or kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Donald Trump’s administration refused to … Follow La Tribune Share economic information, receive our newsletters
    Atlanta, USA (CNN) – US President Joe Biden has confirmed that his administration will issue a statement on Monday on how to deal with Saudi Arabia in general, following the US intelligence report pointing to the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoghi on Friday. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman agreed to arrest or kill Kashoki. As he left the White House, Biden said on Saturday that after being asked if he wanted to punish Mohammed bin Salman: “An announcement will come on Monday about what we will do with Saudi Arabia in general,” he said. The US president confirmed in an interview with Univision while in Texas on Friday that his administration would announce “significant changes today and Monday”. Biden said: “We must hold them accountable for human rights violations. In fact, if they want to deal with us, we will make sure they take into account the extent to...
    Former CIA Director John Brennan said President Joe Biden should not 'turn a blind eye' to actions of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after report blamed him for murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Brennan, who served as the CIA chief from March 2013 to January 2017, called on Biden to prevent bin Salman from ever entering United States while still maintaining a ‘longstanding strategic partnership’ with Saudi Arabia. 'The United States and Saudi Arabia have had a longstanding strategic partnership that I think is very important to both countries,' Brennan said in an interview with MSNBC's Joshua Johnson. 'It runs the gamut from energy to security, counter-terrorism and economics. So therefore, I do think it’s important we maintain the strength of that relationship.' Scroll down for video  Former CIA Director John Brennan, pictured, said President Joe Biden should not 'turn a blind eye' to actions committed...
    The first date of the 2021 season of the Formula e, the championship of electric single-seaters that organizes Alexander Agag, has been marked not only for being the first public appearance of the prince Mohamed bin Salman after the report that relates directly to the death of the journalist Jamal khashoggi, but because of the strong accidents that have been seen. In the two races on Saturday Diriyah ePrix there have been two major blows, the first from the Italian Edoardo Mortara and the second of the British Alex lynn. The latter has made everyone present hold their breath. It came right at the end of race two, which ended with Sam Bird winning under the red flag. This suspension occurred because, moments before, there were several accidents under ‘Full Course Yellow’ (yellow flag throughout the track) parallel to Sébastien Buemi, Maximilian Günther, Mitch Evans and above all, Alex...
    The Biden administration will make an announcement Monday regarding Saudi Arabia, U.S. President Joe Biden said Saturday. "There will be an announcement on Monday as to what we are going to be doing with Saudi Arabia generally," the president said when a reporter asked about punishing the crown prince, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler.  President Joe Biden speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, before boarding Marine One helicopter, Feb. 27, 2021, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Wilmington, Del.Biden took just the one question as he and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, left for Delaware for the weekend. He gave no details. The administration has come under criticism for not being tougher on the crown prince, despite assessing in a declassified intelligence report released Friday that he approved the killing of Saudi dissident...
    President Biden on Saturday teased a Monday announcement regarding Saudi Arabia following the release of an official report that accuses Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of ordering the operation that killed Jamal Khashoggi. Biden told reporters on the White House lawn, “There will be an announcement on Monday as to what we are going to be doing with Saudi Arabia generally.” Biden was responding to a question from The Post about whether he would punish the 35-year-old crown prince, who is the de facto ruler of the oil-rich kingdom. A report from US officials released Friday says the prince, commonly known by his initials MBS, ordered the 2018 hit on Khashoggi. Biden spoke with the prince’s father, 85-year-old King Salman, on Thursday ahead of the damning report’s release. On Friday, the Biden administration announced sanctions against dozens of Saudis identified as involved in Khashoggi’s murder, but none against the crown...
    President Joe Biden said on Saturday that his administration would make an announcement on Saudi Arabia on Monday.  It follows a U.S. intelligence report that found Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. The Biden administration has faced some criticism that the president should have been tougher on the crown prince, who was not sanctioned despite being blamed for approving Khashoggi's murder. Asked about punishing the crown prince, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, who is also known as MBS, Biden said: 'There will be an announcement on Monday as to what we are going to be doing with Saudi Arabia generally.' Biden did not provide details.  President Joe Biden said on Saturday that his administration would make an announcement on Saudi Arabia on Monday. He is pictured stepping off Air Force One on Saturday Pictured, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman...
    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during the Future Investment Initiative Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 24, 2018.Bandar Algaloud | Reuters President Joe Biden said his administration would announce Monday how it intends to handle relations with Saudi Arabia, days after an intelligence report publicly linked the Saudi crown prince to the death of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Biden made the comments to press on Saturday when asked whether he would be punishing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his role in the killing of journalist Khashoggi. "There will be an announcement on Monday as to what we are going to be doing with Saudi Arabia generally," Biden told reporters. The White House didn't immediately return a request to provide more detail about the announcement. Khashoggi, a 59-year-old U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist, was a critic of the Saudi royal family. He entered the...
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    A BALLISTIC missile and multiple booby-trapped drones have been blasted out of the skies over Saudi Arabia today, say reports. Officials in Riyadh claim they intercepted the rocket over the capital and also bomb-laden drones targeting a province in the south. AP:Associated Press 2 It’s reported the incoming rocket was taken out by a Patriot missile (stock above) Videos posted on social media appear to show a missile travelling through the air before it is struck by another missile and explodes.   The Saudi-led military coalition thwarted a “Huthi ballistic missile attack” targeting Riyadh, the state-run Ekhbariya television later said. News correspondents and residents of the Saudi capital reported hearing multiple loud explosions. The assault comes as Saudi Arabia hosts a Formula E championship on the outskirts of Riyadh, which state media said was attended by de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The attack appears to be...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden on Saturday said his administration would make an announcement on Saudi Arabia on Monday, following a U.S. intelligence report that found Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Asked about punishing the crown prince, Biden said: "There’ll be an announcement on Monday on what we’re going to be doing with Saudi Arabia generally." Biden did not provide details. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Leslie Adler) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Turkey, United States, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Europe
    The coalition thwarted “a ballistic missile attack led by the Houthis” against the Saudi capital Riyadh, Al-Ekhbariya television said without specifying the number of missiles intercepted. . correspondents and residents in Riyadh heard several loud explosions. The attack was not immediately claimed. It comes as Saudi Arabia hosts the Formula E championship in the suburbs of Riyadh, which Crown Prince Mohammed ben Salman attended according to state media. In Yemen, the Houthis are leading a deadly offensive in an attempt to take control of the oil province of Marib, the last loyalist stronghold in the north of the country. The rebels control much of the north, including the capital Sanaa. The Houthis have intensified the attacks against the Saudi kingdom, despite the approach of the new American administration of Joe Biden which has decided to remove these rebels from its list of “terrorist organizations”.
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted a missile attack over its capital and bomb-laden drones targeting a southern province, the latest in a series of airborne assaults it has blamed on Yemen’s rebel Houthis. The Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen’s years-long war announced the Iran-allied Houthis had launched a ballistic missile toward Riyadh and three booby-trapped drones toward the province of Jizan, with a number of other drones being monitored. No casualties or damages were initially reported. There was no immediate comment from the Houthis. The attack comes amid sharply rising tensions in the Middle East, a day after a mysterious explosion struck an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman. That blast renewed concerns about ship security in the strategic waterways that saw a spate of suspected Iranian attacks on oil tankers in 2019. The state-owned Al-Ekhbariya TV posted footage of what...
    (CNN)Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation that led to journalist Jamal Khashoggi's brutal assassination in 2018, according to a declassified US intelligence report the Biden administration released on Friday. Peter BergenWhile the four-page report supports a conclusion already reached in 2018 by the CIA -- that the man known as MBS was responsible for Khashoggi's murder -- it sends a new signal: that President Joe Biden is willing to publicly challenge what he once called a "pariah" state.The US State Department also announced on Friday a new "Khashoggi Ban" that restricts the visas of 76 Saudis as part of a wider effort to retaliate against anyone who is involved in state-sponsored efforts to crack down on dissidents around the world.This, however, falls far short of taking direct action against MBS.The administration's decision reflects the reality of the longtime marriage of convenience between the world's longest-standing...
    By Aziz El Yaakoubi and Marwa Rashad DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have been spared direct punishment after a U.S. intelligence report implicated him in the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but he has not emerged unscathed. The declassified report, based on CIA intelligence, concludes that the prince approved an operation to "capture or kill" Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. President Joe Biden's decision to publish a report that his predecessor Donald Trump had set aside brings with it a broad refocusing of Washington's stance on dealing with the kingdom, on its human rights record, and on its lucrative arms purchases. By pointing the finger so publicly at Prince Mohammed, the kingdom's ruler in practice but not in name, Washington has also made it harder for its Western allies to deal with him directly. But while it...
    Mike Pompeo and Mohammed bin Salman laughing it up after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi After a last-minute delay, and something of a stutter step in which Friday’s release appeared to be momentarily posted, then withdrawn, then posted again, the truth about the U.S. intelligence assessment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is finally public. And that truth is evidence on the very first line of the brief document’s executive summary. “We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul to capture or kill Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi.” Since that operation including sending someone with a bone saw, and a body double to wear Khashoggi’s clothes around Istanbul after his death, there can be little doubt that the actual intention of the squad that bin Salman sent to Istanbul was to capture, followed by definitely kill. Following this release, it’s been announced that the Treasury Department will...
    Reuters February 27, 2021 0 Comments Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler approved an operation to capture or kill murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, according to U.S. intelligence released on Friday as the United States imposed sanctions on some of those involved but spared the crown prince himself in an effort to preserve relations with the kingdom. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who wrote opinion columns for the Washington Post critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s policies, was killed and dismembered by a team of operatives linked to the prince in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. The Saudi government, which has denied any involvement by the crown prince, issued a statement rejecting the U.S. report’s findings and repeating its previous statements that Khashoggi’s killing was a heinous crime by a rogue group. U.S. President Joe Biden tried to make clear that killings of political opponents were not acceptable to...
    The Treasury Department on Friday imposed asset freeze and business ban sanctions against Saudi officials after a government report implicated them in the murder of American journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The sanctions target Ahmad Hassan Mohammed al Asiri, former deputy chief of the General Intelligence Presidency of Saudi Arabia, and the Rapid Intervention Force (RIF) of Saudi Arabia, also known as the ‘Tiger Squad’. The Treasury said in an announcement Friday that Al Asiri was the « ringleader » responsible for sending a 15-man assault squad to assassinate and dismember Khashoggi in October 2018 inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Several members of the team sent to intercept Khashoggi were members of the « Tiger Squad », according to the announcement. “Those implicated in the heinous murder of Jamal Khashoggi must be held accountable. With this action, the Treasury is sanctioning the Saudi Arabian Rapid Intervention Force and a senior Saudi official who was directly...
    GENEVA, Feb 26 (Reuters) – United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, in rare public comments on Saudi Arabia, said on Friday that people were “unjustly detained” in the kingdom and urged it to uphold freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly. “I urge the authorities to also establish legislative frameworks to uphold the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association for everyone in the Kingdom,” she told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, editing by John Revill)
    Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof called out President Joe Biden in a blistering piece Friday titled “President Biden Lets a Saudi Murderer Walk.” Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman — who a U.S. intel report said approved the murder of Jamal Khashoggi — is not facing any direct consequences, and there’s already a fair amount of backlash to the new administration’s decision. (There were sanctions announced in connection with Khashoggi’s murder, but none against MBS directly.) Kristof wrote in no uncertain terms, “Instead of imposing sanctions on M.B.S., Biden appears ready to let the murderer walk.” “The weak message to other thuggish dictators considering such a murder is: Please don’t do it, but we’ll still work with you if we have to. The message to Saudi Arabia is: Go ahead and elevate M.B.S. to be the country’s next king if you must,” he said. The Biden...
    President BidenJoe BidenBiden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' MORE said Friday that he will hold Saudi Arabia accountable after the government released a report revealing that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In an interview with Univision, Biden detailed a conversation he had Thursday with Saudi King Salman in which he emphasized the U.S. would push Riyadh to honor human rights amid lingering criticism over the killing of Khashoggi, a columnist from The Washington Post who lived in Virginia and was critical of the Saudi royal family. “I spoke yesterday with the king, not the prince. Made it clear to him that the rules are changing and we're going to be announcing significant changes today and on Monday. We are going...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper claimed Friday that former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden share the same position on responding to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, “saving MBS’ ass.” During Tapper’s broadcast of “The Lead With Jake Tapper,” he was joined by Democratic Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and the two discussed the intelligence report released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which implicated Bin Salman (MBS), Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, in the murder of Khashoggi in October 2018. (RELATED: Turks Claim Audio Recording Proves Khashoggi Was Tortured, Killed And Cut To Pieces In Saudi Consul’s Office) Tapper began by noting that following the release of the intelligence report, the State Department and Treasury Department placed visa restrictions and sanctions on various Saudi nationals, but not Bin Salman. He then asked Kaine what he thought of MBS “getting away scot-free.” “MBS still needs to...
    CNN’s Erin Burnett questioned White House communications director Kate Bedingfield Friday over the Biden administration not sanctioning Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman directly over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The Treasury Department announced sanctions in connection with Khashoggi’s murder, but no direct consequences for the crown prince in particular. Burnett asked, “Why is this? Does this send a message to the world that the U.S. will tolerate this?” Bedingfield said no and responded that Biden has made clear he wants to have a “very different relationship” with Saudi Arabia from the previous administration. “The fact of the release of this report today is one step forward in that way. It’s one step toward his commitment to transparency and accountability by making this information by making this information available,” she added. Burnett then brought up comments Biden made in 2019, in which the then-presidential candidate said, “Khashoggi was, in fact,...
    Saudi Arabia denounced a U.S. intelligence report that found Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman greenlighted the operation to assassinate Jamal Khashoggi. The long-awaited report, released on Friday afternoon by President Biden’s administration, showed that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence concluded the crown prince, who is the kingdom’s de facto leader, “approved an operation” to “capture or kill” Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist. The kingdom responded to the report through its government-run Saudi Press Agency shortly after the findings were released. The news release cites the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs in denouncing the claim that bin Salman, who is known as MBS, directed the operation. “The Ministry notes that the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia completely rejects the negative, false and unacceptable assessment in the report pertaining to the Kingdom’s leadership, and notes that the report contained inaccurate...
    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin SalmanFayez Nureldine | AFP | Getty Images The Saudi crown prince's actions in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi might have left the kingdom's sovereign wealth fund vulnerable to consequences, according to a former leading diplomat in the Obama administration. The Biden administration on Friday released a previously classified intelligence report that assessed Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia approved the plan to assassinate Khashoggi in 2018. The Saudi sovereign wealth fund, known as the Public Investment Fund, is chaired by MBS. It appears to have played a role in purchasing the aircraft that ferried Khashoggi's killers to Turkey, where the murder occurred. "If this is the case, it could become a target for American human rights sanctions," according to Joel Rubin, a former deputy assistant secretary of State. That could, in turn, "create an economic earthquake," he said.  "If the United States determines...
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia issued a statement Friday rejecting a report from U.S. officials that laid blame on Saudi officials for the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia completely rejects the negative, false and unacceptable assessment in the report pertaining to the Kingdom’s leadership, and notes that the report contained inaccurate information and conclusions,” the statement read. The declassified report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) says that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered his security detail to “capture or kill” Khashoggi, who was murdered and allegedly dismembered at the Saudi Consulate in Turkey in 2018. #STATEMENT | The Government of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Completely Rejects the Assessment in the Report Submitted to US’ Congress Regarding Murder of Saudi Citizen Jamal Khashoggi pic.twitter.com/VQwYpBjvvX — Foreign Ministry ???????? (@KSAmofaEN) February 26, 2021 “Since 2017, the Crown...
    (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said it rejected completely "the negative, false and unacceptable" assessment of a U.S. intelligence report released on Friday that found Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler approved an operation to capture or kill the Washington Post columnist in 2018, the U.S. report said, as the United States sanctioned some of those involved but not the crown prince himself. "The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia completely rejects the .... assessment in the report pertaining to the Kingdom’s leadership, and notes that the report contained inaccurate information and conclusions," the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA. "The crime was committed by a group of individuals that have transgressed all pertinent regulations... and the kingdom's leadership took the necessary steps to ensure that such a tragedy never takes...
    “The government of Saudi Arabia totally rejects the false and damaging conclusions contained in the report concerning the leadership of the kingdom and cannot accept them in any case (…)”, the foreign ministry said in a statement. “The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has validated an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” wrote the US intelligence services in a declassified report at the request of President Joe Biden while his predecessor Donald Trump had kept it a secret. “The crown prince regarded Khashoggi as a threat to the kingdom and more broadly supported the use of violent measures if necessary to silence him,” they added. The US report “contains conclusions and erroneous information,” the Saudi ministry added. “It is truly unfortunate that this report, with these unwarranted and false conclusions, is released when the kingdom has clearly denounced this heinous crime and its leaders...
    Lhe United States publicly accused the powerful crown prince of Saudi Arabia on Friday of having “validated” the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. An accusation that Riyadh denies. LSaudi Arabia “totally rejected” on Friday the report of the American intelligence services which accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of having “validated” the assassination of Saudi journalist and critic Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. “The government of Saudi Arabia totally rejects the false and damaging conclusions contained in the report concerning the leadership of the kingdom and cannot accept them in any case (…)”, the foreign ministry said in a statement. “The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has validated an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” wrote the US intelligence services in a declassified report at the request of President Joe Biden while his predecessor Donald Trump had...
    The Biden administration announced sanctions connected to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, but none directly against Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman — despite the fact the intel report released today said he approved the operation. So CNN’s Jake Tapper confronted Senator Tim Kaine Friday on how the Biden administration isn’t making MBS face any direct consequences. As the New York Times reported earlier, President Joe Biden decided the cost of “directly penalizing” would be too high and would be a risk to the U.S.’ relationship with Saudi Arabia. Tapper asked Kaine, “Nothing — nothing — for MBS. MBS is getting away scot-free. What do you make of that?” Kaine said the crown prince should face consequences, adding words of praise for other steps the Biden administration has taken. But Tapper continued pushing on the core issue, even comparing Biden’s approach to his predecessor’s: “When it comes to accountability for...
    By Aziz El Yaakoubi DUBAI (Reuters) - "No smoking gun," pro-government Saudi commentators concluded in response to a U.S. intelligence assessment that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved the operation to capture or kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A few minutes after the report was released, many Saudis flooded Twitter with the hashtag saying, "We are all Mohammed bin Salman." Rights groups called for tough action. Saudi Arabia, one of Washington's closest Arab allies, officially dismissed what it called the "negative, false and unacceptable assessment in the report pertaining to the kingdom's leadership", according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ministry added that those responsible for the "heinous crime" had been tried in Saudi courts and that "justice was served." Riyadh has denied any involvement by the crown prince, also known as MbS. Commentators close to the government took to social media to defend the crown...
    US Park Police names first Black female chief in 230-year history Pentagon Stands By Syria Strikes Despite Questions About Legality, Precedent Dutchman Nyck de Vries stormed to a lights-to-flag victory in the season-opening race of the Formula E championship on Friday, piloting his all-electric car under the stars in oil-rich Saudi Arabia. © Fayez Nureldine Walk this way: Fans stroll in the pit area of the Diriyah E-Prix in the Saudi capital Riyadh De Vries, in a Mercedes, finished ahead of Switzerland's Edoardo Mortara of Venturi and New Zealand's Mitch Evans in a Jaguar in the floodlit Diriyah E-Prix. Mercedes, multiple champions in Formula One, are in their second season in the Formula E series. They finished the 2020 campaign with a victory helping them to third place in the constructors championship and second in the drivers category with Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne. De Vries, 26, was Formula Two world...
    (CNN)Despite promising to punish senior Saudi leaders while on the campaign trail, President Joe Biden declined to apply sanctions to the one the US intelligence community determined is responsible for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.The choice not to punish Prince Mohammed directly puts into sharp relief the type of decision-making that becomes more complicated for a president versus a candidate, and demonstrates the difficulty in breaking with a troublesome ally in a volatile region.On Friday, Biden's administration released an unclassified intelligence report on Khashoggi's death, an action his predecessor refused to take as he downplayed US intelligence. The report from the director of national intelligence says the crown prince, known as MBS, directly approved the killing of Khashoggi. But while a sanctions list from the Treasury Department listed a former deputy intelligence chief and the Saudi Royal Guard's rapid intervention force, the crown prince...
    Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images The Treasury Department has announced sanctions connected to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, following the release of a U.S. intel report concluding that it was approved by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. “Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Ahmad Hassan Mohammed al Asiri, Saudi Arabia’s former Deputy Head of General Intelligence Presidency, and Saudi Arabia’s Rapid Intervention Force in connection with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the announcement reads. But the announcement says nothing about sanctions against MBS directly. And now there’s reporting from the New York Times that President Joe Biden “decided that the price of directly penalizing Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is too high.” Per the Times: The decision by Mr. Biden, who during the 2020 campaign called Saudi Arabia a “pariah” state with “no redeeming social value,” came after weeks of...
    The Treasury Department on Friday rolled out new sanctions against Saudi officials after a government report was released detailing their involvement in the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The sanctions target Ahmad Hassan Mohammed al Asiri, Saudi Arabia’s former deputy head of General Intelligence Presidency and Saudi Arabia’s Rapid Intervention Force (RIF) over their roles in Khashoggi’s killing in Istanbul in 2018. The Treasury Department said al Asiri was the “ringleader” of the assassination and coordinated the killing with Riyadh, and several members of the hit squad that murdered Khashoggi were members of the RIF.  Khashoggi was a prominent critic of Riyadh and columnist for The Washington Post who lived in Virginia. “Those involved in the abhorrent killing of Jamal Khashoggi must be held accountable. With this action, Treasury is sanctioning Saudi Arabia’s Rapid Intervention Force and a senior Saudi official who was directly involved in Jamal Khashoggi’s murder,”...
    The United States sanctioned a former top-ranking Saudi Arabian intelligence official and the country’s “Rapid Intervention Force” Friday afternoon over the 2018 murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “Those involved in the abhorrent killing of Jamal Khashoggi must be held accountable. With this action, Treasury is sanctioning Saudi Arabia’s Rapid Intervention Force and a senior Saudi official who was directly involved in Jamal Khashoggi’s murder,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement accompanying Treasury’s announcement. “The United States stands united with journalists and political dissidents in opposing threats of violence and intimidation. We will continue to defend the freedom of expression, which is the bedrock of a free society.” (RELATED: Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Members Of His Security Detail To ‘Capture Or Kill’ Jamal Khashoggi, DNI Report Says) The sanctions, raised under the Global Magnitsky Act, target former Deputy Head of General Intelligence President Ahmad Hassan Mohammed al...
    The U.S. believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the operation to murder dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, according to a declassified and partially redacted assessment released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Friday. [ READ: Biden Speaks With Saudi King ]The crown prince, widely considered the de facto leader of the kingdom, "approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill" the U.S. resident and columnist for The Washington Post, according to the report. "We base this assessment on the Crown Prince's control of decisionmaking in the Kingdom, the direct involvement of a key advisor and members of Mohammed bin Salman's protective detail in the operation, and the Crown Prince's support for using violent measures to silence dissidents abroad, including Khashoggi," the report states. "Since 2017, the Crown Prince has had absolute control of the Kingdom's security and intelligence operations, making it highly...
    (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's crown prince, accused in a U.S. intelligence report of approving an operation to capture or kill a prominent journalist, crushed dissent and sidelined rivals in a push for power that has delighted admirers, unsettled Riyadh's traditional foreign allies and shocked human rights advocates. A declassified U.S. intelligence assessment released on Friday said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the operation against Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a royal insider-turned-critic who was killed at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate in 2018 and his body dismembered. The disclosure poses a fresh challenge to the 35-year-old prince's reputation as the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden places Saudi Arabia's human rights record under close scrutiny. While Riyadh eventually admitted that Khashoggi was killed in a "rogue" extradition operation gone wrong, it has denied any involvement by the crown prince, often known in the West by his initials MbS. The prince...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia in 2019 jailed eight people for between seven and 20 years over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. A declassified U.S. intelligence assessment released on Friday said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved of the operation to capture or kill the dissident journalist. The U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, in a report issued in 2019, identified 11 people that were on trial, based on information from various governments' sources. Following are profiles of some of those who have been held, investigated, or fired in Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case, based on media reports and photos, plus information from officials and sources. Authorities did not name the sentenced people and Reuters has not been able to contact them. SAUD AL-QAHTANI Qahtani, seen as the right-hand man to the crown prince, was removed as a...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States banned 76 people from Saudi Arabia on Friday, saying it will not tolerate individuals who threaten or assault activists, dissidents and journalists on behalf of foreign governments, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. Blinken announced the State Department's "Khashoggi Ban," a visa restriction policy "on individuals who, acting on behalf of a foreign government, are believed to have been directly engaged in serious, extraterritorial counter-dissident activities," soon after the release of a U.S. intelligence report tying the Saudi government to the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Makini Brice; Writing by Doina Chiacu) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, crime, United Arab Emirates, Middle East, Saudi Arabia
    The Biden administration has released the intelligence report on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that concludes that "Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi."  "We base this assessment on the Crown Prince's control of decision making in the Kingdom, the direct involvement of a key adviser and members of Muhammad bin Salman's protective detail in the operation, and the Crown Prince's support for using violent measures to silence dissidents abroad, including Khashoggi," the report says. The report states that members of the team responsible for Khashoggi's murder included officials who worked for a close adviser of MBS, as well as seven members of the prince's elite personal protective detail. "Since 2017, the Crown Prince has had absolute control over the Kingdom's security and intelligence organizations, making it highly unlikely that Saudi officials would...
    Figure of Leo Messi it goes beyond football. And that’s why the London NGO Grant Liberty has appealed to the Argentine to do not accept Saudi Arabia’s offer to be the face of their new marketing campaign. Grant Liberty works in defense of Forgotten Women, giving a global voice for those who have been silenced and fighting for human dignity. “Our goal is to provide freedom for all, regardless of race, color, and belief, and to hold those who have imposed injustice on the innocent to account.. To do this, we exert pressure, raise awareness, participate in global coverage, make petitions and involve national and international courts in the fight against global oppression ”, reads the press release issued by the organization following his petition to Messi . “Lionel Messi, join the defense of human rights and say no to the butchers of Jamal Khashoggi and the torturers of peaceful...
    The U.S. released a declassified intelligence report Friday that singles out Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for approving the grisly murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey. Khashoggi was lured to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 and killed by operatives linked to the crown prince. His body was dismembered, and his remains have never been found. Riyadh eventually admitted that Khashoggi was mistakenly killed in what it called a rogue operation but denied the crown prince’s involvement. The role of the crown prince, often referred to by his initials, MBS, in Khashoggi’s death has been the subject of media reports since late 2018. The U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, said in a statement Friday the report had been “coordinated with the Intelligence Community and the information has been declassified to the greatest extent...
    SAUDI Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed after he entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2, 2018. On February 26, 2021, it was reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman likely ordered his murder. 6 Journalist Jamal Khashoggi had not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018Credit: AFP or licensors What happened to Jamal Khashoggi? On October 23, 2018, it was claimed the dismembered body of Khashoggi had been found in the Saudi consul's garden. The circumstances surrounding Khashoggi's death sparked controversy, with global leaders blasting the Saudi government's version of events. Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul shortly after 1pm on October 2. He wanted to obtain a document certifying he had divorced his ex-wife so that he could marry his Turkish fiancée Cengiz. 6 CCTV broadcast on Turkish TV shows Footage of Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate after 1pm...
    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration will announce sanctions and visa bans on Friday targeting Saudi Arabian citizens over the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but it will not impose sanctions on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, U.S. officials said. U.S. President Joe Biden's actions in the first weeks of his administration appear aimed at fulfilling campaign promises to realign Saudi ties after critics accused his predecessor, Donald Trump, of giving the Arab ally and major oil producer a pass on gross human rights violations. A senior Biden administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the approach aims to create a new launching-off point for ties with the kingdom without breaking a core relationship in the Middle East. Relations have been severely strained for years by the war in Yemen and the killing inside a Saudi consulate of Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who wrote columns...
    More On: saudi arabia Biden speaks with Saudi king ahead of Khashoggi report going public Families of US service members killed, injured in Pensacola attack sue Saudi Arabia How rich is Saudi Arabia? Kingdom does the math in balance sheet overhaul Snow-covered camels take their lumps in rare blizzard Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved the murder of Virginia-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a newly released U.S. intelligence report states. The Biden administration’s release of the Feb. 11 report, prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, marks a dramatic turn in the U.S.-Saudi alliance, which under President Trump had stepped carefully in statements concerning Khashoggi’s death. “We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the report’s summary says. The central conclusion of the report was widely expected given that intelligence officials...
    The Biden administration has released a declassified report by U.S. intelligence that concludes Saudi Arabia's crown prince Muhammad bin Salman 'approved' the operation that killed Jamal Khashoggi. The assessment, which is dated Feb. 11th and says it was declassified Thursday, cites the 'control' MBS holds over the security apparatus in the kingdom, where he is considered the most powerful figure.  According to the report by the Director of National Intelligence: 'We assess that Saudi Arabia's crown prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.' A declassified intelligence report from the Biden administration names Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the man who approved the 2018 killing of Jamal Khashoggi 'We base this assessment on the Crown Prince's control of decision making in the Kingdom, the direct involvement of a key adviser and members of Muhammad bin Slaman's protective detail...
    Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “validated” the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, US intelligence services said in a report released Friday. “We have come to the conclusion that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman has validated an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” writes the National Intelligence Directorate in this short declassified document of four pages. “The Crown Prince considered Khashoggi a threat to the kingdom and more broadly supported the use of violent measures if necessary to silence him,” she added.
    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally approved the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a long-awaited intelligence report released Friday. “We assess that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the three-page report said. The 59-year-old Virginia resident was killed and dismembered when he entered a Saudi consulate in Turkey in 2018 seeking a marriage license. Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, also known as MBS, has long denied any involvement with the operation. President Joe Biden held his first call with Saudi Arabia’s 85-year-old King Salman, bin Salman’s father, on Thursday. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a Tuesday press conference that the White House was seeking to “recalibrate” its relationship with the country. Watch above via CNN. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the October 2018 killing of U.S.-based journalist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to a declassified report released by the Biden administration on Friday. The report, released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said the Crown Prince “approved an operation… to capture or kill” the Saudi journalist.  The report’s release was highly anticipated and is part of President BidenJoe BidenBiden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' MORE’s strategy to “recalibrate” the relationship with Saudi Arabia, where he has committed to emphasize democratic values and human rights in Washington’s dealings with Riyadh. DEVELOPING Tags Saudi Arabia Turkey Joe Biden
    An unclassified intel report detailing the heinous assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has just been released by the Biden administration—and it points the finger directly at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. “We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the four-page report, released on Friday, said. The report, released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence after previously being held back by the Trump administration, is based on a CIA report that concluded in November 2018 that the Saudi crown prince ordered the killing. Biden called Saudi Arabia’s King Salman late Thursday but the White House readout did not mention the report, instead saying the two discussed continued work on “mutual issues of concern.” Khashoggi, a 59-year-old Saudi Arabian dissident and columnist who fled his native...
    Demonstrators hold photographs of journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the White House in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to an intelligence report released Friday by the Biden administration. The CIA-led assessment, which until now had been classified, comes as President Joe Biden aims to reshape the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia after years in which the Trump administration ignored the kingdom's human rights abuses despite condemnation in Congress and at the United Nations.  Khashoggi, a 59-year-old U.S. resident and Washington Post contributor who had criticized the Saudi royal family, entered a Saudi consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2, 2018 and never left. He was killed by a group of assassins, who then dismembered his body. His remains were never recovered. In a diplomatic rebuke to the crown prince,...
    By Patricia Zengerle and Mike Stone WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After pausing half a billion dollars in arms deals with Saudi Arabia out of concern over casualties in Yemen, President Joe Biden's administration may shift U.S. policy not only to cancel past deals that pose human rights concerns, but limit future military sales to "defensive" weapons. Four sources familiar with the administration's thinking said officials are assessing the array of military equipment and training included in sales to the Saudis to determine what can be considered defensive. Those deals would be allowed. A State Department spokesperson said, "Our focus is on ending the conflict in Yemen even as we ensure Saudi Arabia has everything it needs to defend its territory and its people," adding Biden has pledged to end U.S. military support for the military campaign against the Houthis. The Biden administration is recalibrating its relationship with Saudi Arabia, a country...
    Reuters February 26, 2021 0 Comments After pausing half a billion dollars in arms deals with Saudi Arabia out of concern over casualties in Yemen, President Joe Biden’s administration may shift U.S. policy not only to cancel past deals that pose human rights concerns, but limit future military sales to “defensive” weapons. Four sources familiar with the administration’s thinking said officials are assessing the array of military equipment and training included in sales to the Saudis to determine what can be considered defensive. Those deals would be allowed. A State Department spokesperson said, “Our focus is on ending the conflict in Yemen even as we ensure Saudi Arabia has everything it needs to defend its territory and its people,” adding Biden has pledged to end U.S. military support for the military campaign against the Houthis. The Biden administration is recalibrating its relationship with Saudi Arabia, a country with which...
    Amman, Jordan — A United Nations aid agency has warned that an escalation in fighting in Yemen's civil war is putting even greater pressure on its already-exhausted operations. The increasing violence will be just one more factor complicating President Joe Biden's efforts to end the six-year war that has claimed well over 100,000 lives. "More people are expected to be displaced in the coming days as fighting escalates," said the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in a bulletin. "Since early February 2021, more than 1,000 households are confirmed as being displaced from conflict-affected areas." The escalation is due to a new offensive by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who are trying to seize the ancient, oil-rich city of Marib, 75 miles east of the country's capital Sanaa. The Houthis have held the capital for years amid the brutal civil war with Yemen's government, which is backed by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. ...
    The U.S. is expected to release a declassified intelligence report Friday that blames Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the 2018 grisly murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was a U.S. resident with U.S. citizen children.     Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, was lured to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul Oct. 2, 2018, and was killed by operatives linked to the crown prince. His body was dismembered, and his remains have never been found. Riyadh eventually admitted that Khashoggi was mistakenly killed in what it called a rogue operation but denied the crown prince’s involvement.     The role of the crown prince, often referred to by his initials, MBS, in Khashoggi’s death has been the subject of media reports since late 2018.     U.S. President Joe Biden talked with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Thursday.  The White House said that during the call, Biden...
    The Guardian Biden is already backtracking on his promises to provide student debt relief Let’s be clear: whatever he may say, Biden absolutely has the power to unilaterally cancel all federal student debt Students activists at Washington University in St Louis pull a mock ball and chain representing student debt. Photograph: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images At his recent town hall, Joe Biden made a series of convoluted and condescending comments about American student debt. His remarks cast doubt on his ability, or willingness, to confront this country’s ballooning student loan crisis. Within hours, #cancelstudentdebt was trending on Twitter. Biden’s rambling justification of the status quo was peppered with straw men, invocations of false scarcity and non-solutions. He pitted working-class Americans against each other, implying that people who attend private schools aren’t worthy of relief, as though poor students don’t also attend such schools. He said that money would be better...
    GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, in rare public comments on Saudi Arabia, said on Friday that people were "unjustly detained" in the kingdom and urged it to uphold freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly. "I urge the authorities to also establish legislative frameworks to uphold the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association for everyone in the Kingdom," she told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, editing by John Revill) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United Nations, Middle East, Saudi Arabia
    (CNN)Dreaming of a four-day work week? This is what happened when one company gave it a go. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. Coronavirus President Biden marked 50 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the US since he took office last month, a halfway point in his promise to get 100 million vaccine doses into arms in his first 100 days. The US has now given a total of 66.5 million vaccine doses, and a third vaccine, from Johnson & Johnson, could be in play as soon as next week if the FDA authorizes its emergency use. A new survey found 55% of adults have either gotten a shot or want to as soon as possible, up from 47% in mid-January and...
    Pump jacks operate in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, U.S, on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021.Matthew Busch | Bloomberg | Getty Images The shock winter storm in Texas that left millions without power and took dozens of lives also froze a major local commodity: the Lone Star state's oil production, slashing some 4 million barrels per day from U.S. output.  The consequence will be a boost in revenue and potentially increased exports among rival oil-producing nations, commodities experts say.  Analysts estimate the total volume of oil lost to Texas' production freeze at anywhere between 18 million and 40 million barrels and roughly one-fifth of U.S. refining capacity was shut in. And while temperatures are moving upward again and production is expected to mostly recover by the end of this week, the impact of the deficit on oil markets is already visible in the recent jump in crude prices.   International benchmark...
    Joe Biden first spoke to King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Thursday, in a phone call that must be quickly followed by the release of a potentially explosive US report into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi . The American president, who recalled the “long-standing” and “historic” partnership between the two allied countries, also “underlined the importance that the United States places in universal human rights and the rule of law” , the White House said in a statement. In this regard, “he noted in a positive way the recent release of several American-Saudi activists and of Mrs. Loujain al-Hathloul”, a feminist activist. But he also spoke of “the commitment of the United States to help Saudi Arabia defend its territory against attacks from pro-Iran groups”. The king “thanked him”, according to the official Saudi press agency SPA, which also noted that Joe Biden had pledged that Tehran...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Joe Biden called Saudi Arabian King Salman on Thursday as his administration is set to release a congressionally mandated declassified version of an intelligence report that is expected to find the king’s son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. According to the White House, during the call, Biden and Salman “discussed regional security, including the renewed diplomatic efforts led by the United Nations and the United States to end the war in Yemen, and the U.S. commitment to help Saudi Arabia defend its territory as it faces attacks from Iranian-aligned groups.” The White House readout of the call noted the recent release of several Saudi American activists and Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul from custody and affirmed the importance the U.S. places on universal human rights and the rule of law. It did not mention the...
    (CNN)In diplomacy, as in physics, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Saudi Arabia is experiencing the downside of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's decision to bet the farm on the Trump family. "The President's intention -- as is the intention of this government -- is to recalibrate our engagement with Saudi Arabia and have counterparts communicate with counterparts," Joe Biden's press secretary, Jen Psaki, said Wednesday before today's call between her boss and MBS's father, King Salman. It doesn't get much blunter than that. Biden calls Saudi King before expected release of Khashoggi reportThe fact that the first chat between Biden and the monarch took this long tells its own story. As does the President's decision to end support for Saudi operations in the Yemen war. His willingness to engage on the Iran nuclear deal is also a disappointment for Riyadh.The US will soon release an intelligence report...
    President Joe Biden raised human rights issues when he spoke to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Thursday but the White House didn't say if the two men discussed murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In their conversation, President Biden 'affirmed the importance the United States places on universal human rights and the rule of law,' the White House said in a readout of the call. 'The President told King Salman he would work to make the bilateral relationship as strong and transparent as possible. The two leaders affirmed the historic nature of the relationship and agreed to work together on mutual issues of concern and interest,' the readout noted. The White House did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's inquiry on whether Khashoggi was part of their conversation. The call came ahead of the expected release of a declassified intelligence report on the 2018 murder of the dissident journalist. The administration will name Saudi Crown Prince...
    (Independent) President Joe Biden has spoken with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia ahead of the release of a report from US intelligence officials that is expected to reveal that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved and likely ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. A White House report of their phone call on Thursday did not disclose whether they discussed the findings in the report. The leaders “discussed regional security, including the renewed diplomatic efforts led by the United Nations and the United States to end the war in Yemen, and the US commitment to help Saudi Arabia defend its territory as it faces attacks from Iranian-aligned groups,” according to a readout of their call. Mr Biden “noted positively” the release of several Saudi-American activists, including Loujain al-Hathloul, and “affirmed the importance the United States places on universal human rights and the rule of...
    By Ellen Knickmeyer | Associated Press The United States has pledged to tell the world its conclusions on what role Saudi Arabia’s crown prince played in the brutal killing and carving up of a U.S.-based journalist, but as important is what comes next — what the Biden administration plans to do about it. Ahead of the release of the declassified U.S. intelligence report, President Joe Biden was expected to speak to Saudi King Salman as soon as Thursday for the first time since taking office more than a month ago. It will be a later-than-usual courtesy call to the Middle East ally, timing that itself reflects Biden’s displeasure. The conversation will be overshadowed by the expected imminent release of findings on whether the king’s son approved the Oct. 2, 2018, killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s authoritarian consolidation of power, inside the Saudi...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden's reset of the US-Saudi Arabia relationship will take another step with the release of a long-awaited US intelligence report on the killing of Saudi insider turned dissident Jamal Khashoggi.The release of the congressionally mandated report, which is expected to further implicate Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Washington Post columnist's death, will take place only after Biden speaks to the Saudi King, a call that could take place as early as Thursday.The report's release will be just the latest shift Biden is making, with support from Congress, in relations between the two allies. Democratic lawmakers are expected to introduce a resolution on Friday to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for Khashoggi's death and dismemberment as well as other human rights violations. Biden and administration officials have stressed that they are committed to the kingdom's security. At the same time, the President has ended...
    By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press The United States has pledged to tell the world its conclusions on what role Saudi Arabia's crown prince played in the brutal killing and carving up of a U.S.-based journalist, but as important is what comes next — what the Biden administration plans to do about it. Ahead of the release of the declassified U.S. intelligence report, President Joe Biden was expected to speak to Saudi King Salman as soon as Thursday for the first time since taking office more than a month ago. It will be a later-than-usual courtesy call to the Middle East ally, timing that itself reflects Biden's displeasure. The conversation will be overshadowed by the expected imminent release of findings on whether the king's son approved the Oct. 2, 2018, killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's authoritarian consolidation of power, inside the Saudi consulate in...
    The United States has pledged to tell the world its conclusions on what role Saudi Arabia’s crown prince played in the brutal killing and carving up of a U.S.-based journalist, but as important is what comes next — what the Biden administration plans to do about it. Ahead of the release of the declassified U.S. intelligence report, President Joe Biden was expected to speak to Saudi King Salman as soon as Thursday for the first time since taking office more than a month ago. It will be a later-than-usual courtesy call to the Middle East ally, timing that itself reflects Biden’s displeasure. The conversation will be overshadowed by the expected imminent release of findings on whether the king’s son approved the Oct. 2, 2018, killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s authoritarian consolidation of power, inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. U.S. intelligence...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden's phone call with Saudi Arabia's King Salman should take place "very soon," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Thursday. Biden's call with the king is expected to coincide with the release of a U.S. intelligence report on the killing in October 2018 of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The report is expected to be released soon and sources say it will single out Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, for approving Khashoggi's death. Psaki told reporters "there are a range of actions that are on the table" regarding Saudi Arabia as part of a shift in tone in the U.S.-Saudi relationship after the cozy ties between U.S. President Donald Trump's White House and Riyadh. "Our administration is focused on recalibrating the relationship," Psaki said. "And certainly there are areas where we will express concerns and leave open the option of accountability. There are...
    A U.S. intelligence report expected to be released on Thursday will place blame for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to Reuters. The report, led by the CIA, will lay out how the crown prince approved and likely ordered the murder of Khashoggi, four people familiar with its contents told the news service.  Khashoggi, a U.S. journalist for the Washington Post who was often critical of the crown prince in his writings, was killed in 2018 after walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Officials believe Saudi operatives likely dismembered Khashoggi's remains, which have never been found.  The report is part of President BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on...
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Explosive-laden drones that targeted Saudi Arabia’s royal palace in the kingdom’s capital last month were launched from inside Iraq, a senior Iran-backed militia official in Baghdad and a U.S. official said. Speaking to The Associated Press this week, the militia official said three drones were launched from Iraqi-Saudi border areas by a relatively unknown Iran-backed faction in Iraq and crashed into the royal complex in Riyadh on Jan. 23, exacerbating regional tensions. Attacks on the Saudi capital have been sporadic amid the kingdom’s yearslong war against neighboring Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Earlier this month, the rebels targeted an airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia with bomb-laden drones, causing a civilian plane on the tarmac to catch fire. The Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, however, denied carrying out an attack that targeted Saudi Arabia’s Yamama Palace on Jan. 23. The comments by the senior Iraqi militia official mark the first time an...
    Top secret documents have revealed that the assassins who killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi used two private jets from a firm that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince had seized as a declassified version of a US intelligence report on Thursday will find that Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 killing. The documents, which were filed as part of a lawsuit in Canada and obtained by CNN, describes how ownership of Sky Prime Aviation was transferred into the country's $400billion sovereign wealth fund, known as the Public Investment Fund, in 2017.  Just a year later, in October 2018, the company's Gulfstreams were used to carry out Khashoggi's murder.  According to the network, the documents that have established the link between the planes and the prince were filed by a group of Saudi-owned companies as part of an embezzlement suit against Saudi intelligence official, Saad Aljabri. Aljabri had filed a lawsuit in Washington, DC,...