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Mohammed bin Salman 'told White House' Khashoggi was a dangerous Islamist

Aktay was first government official that Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi's fiancee, called when he didn't emerge from the consulate. Khashoggi was there to finalize divorce papers so that he could legally marry his Turkish fiancée.

Khashoggi vanished after entering the consulate in Istanbul to pick up paperwork for his upcoming marriage to his Cengiz, who was waiting for him outside.

"What happened in the Istanbul consulate was horrendous and it should be duly dealt with", Netanyahu told reporters during a visit to Bulgaria. Security and surveillance footage was removed the day of the disappearance. After weeks of denial, the Oil-rich kingdom admitted that the journalist was left dead in a fistfight.

President Trump has described Khashoggi's killing as one of the worst cover-ups in history, and said he would leave the decision to punish the kingdom with Congress. Unnamed officials conferred that he was ultimately dismembered and removed from the consulate within two hours of arriving.

"As responsible members of the global community, we must reveal the identities of the puppetmasters behind Khashoggi's killing and discover those in whom Saudi officials - still trying to cover up the murder - have placed their trust".

President Trump has had a hard time deciding how hard a stance the USA will take on Khashoggi's death.

But indifference to the persecution of journalism is not an acceptable stance for a Western president to take.

Saudi Arabia has continued shifting its version of events, first denying any knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts, and then acknowledging his death 17 days later.

Writing in The Washington Post on Friday, Cengiz said the United States should be leading the global community in seeking justice for Khashoggi.

Turkey is trying to have 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia extradited so they can be tried in a Turkish court.

"The Khashoggi crisis is a big geo-political gamble for Turkey and so far it looks like it is playing the game masterfully". "Therefore, I have no reason to believe that his murder reflected Saudi Arabia's official policy". Without them, we have no way of knowing if our allies are violating the sanctity of worldwide law.

"This murder is an aberration that will inevitably lead to serious introspection".

Riyadh has maintained that neither King Salman nor Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman knew of the operation to target Khashoggi. "And Saudi Arabia is weakened", said Ibish. Short of cutting the alliance or pursuing some form of global criminal prosecution, sanctions place financial constraints on high level officials in government.

"We even returned to it a second time later in the discussion because of its importance, and were encouraged by the Crown Prince's candor in his response", Ross told The Post.

Above all, the United States needs to draw a line in the sand. The Crown Prince has distanced himself from the people involved.

Other members included Johnnie Moore; author Joel Rosenberg; former US congresswoman Michele Bachmann; Jerry A. Johnson of the National Religious Broadcasters; Michael Little, formerly of the Christian Broadcasting Network; writer Mike Evans; New Mexico pastor Skip Heitzig; and former NRB CEO Wayne Pederson.

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