Intel: Why Turkey outed an alleged Saudi 'hit squad'

Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi

A bipartisan group of US senators is forcing the Trump administration to investigate the disappearance of a Saudi journalist, triggering a human rights probe that could result in sanctions against Saudi officials and entities.

Ties between Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been tense over regional political differences, although the kingdom is a major investor in the Turkish economy.

Media captionCCTV footage shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

MSNBC "All In" host Chris Hayes took to Twitter with a freaky conspiracy on Wednesday, pondering if wealthy Saudi Arabians are shelling out cash to President Trump in exchange for the authorization to kill critics. Saudi Arabia denies any involvement in his disappearance.

Turkish officials believed that 59-year-old Khashoggi, also a Washington Post contributor, was murdered inside the consulate.

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The official described a quick and complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents, who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the goal.

Information continues to trickle out through Turkish media about the 15-man Saudi team previously described as an "assassination squad". "They are spending 110 billion on military equipment", Trump said, referring to proposed sales announced in May 2017 when he went to Saudi Arabia in the first overseas trip of his presidency.

Khashoggi, a former Saudi government advisor, had fled Saudi Arabia last September and had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States, where he had applied for citizenship.

"We're demanding everything. We want to see what's going on there".

On Wednesday, Corker and almost every member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee asked President Donald Trump to investigate Khashoggi's disappearance and consider placing sanctions on Saudi Arabia if it is found to have killed him. "We demand to know the truth", he added.

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On Thursday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan expressed worries about Khashoggi's disappearance, saying Ankara could not be silent over the incident.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker says he has reviewed USA intelligence reports suggesting that Khashoggi was killed on October 2, the day he went to the consulate.

Bob Corker, who as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has reviewed US intelligence on the case, said it was likely that Khashoggi was killed the day he walked into the consulate.

After Khashoggi's fiance wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post, pleading for Trump and his wife Melania's help, the president said that the first lady's office was working on inviting her to the White House. I also urge Saudi Arabia, especially King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to show the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the consulate. Riyadh has supported the administration's tough stance toward Iran, a key rival of Saudi Arabia in the volatile Middle East.

"Part of that is what we're doing with our defense systems and everybody's wanting them", he continued.

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Trump said he had spoken with the Saudis about what he called a "bad situation", but he did not disclose details of his conversations.

Groups of men thought to be Saudi are seen entering Turkey via Istanbul airport, checking in at hotels and later leaving the country.

"The Yemen war is a proxy war with Iran", Graham said, adding that Yemen and Khashoggi are "two different things", a sentiment echoed by other Republicans.

This image taken from surveillance camera shows a still image of people inside Ataturk International Airport, Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2018.

"We are extremely anxious", he said. They haven't searched the consulate yet, as they have promised to do.

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