Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Retired Gen. John Abizaid nominated as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Retired Gen. John Abizaid nominated as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

The New York Times, quoting sources familiar with a recording of Khashoggi's killing, reported Monday that Mutreb - a security officer who frequently travelled with Prince Mohammed - picked up a phone at the consulate to say "tell your boss" that the operation was accomplished.

The hit squad believed to have killed the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi passed through Istanbul airport with a "torturer's toolkit" in their baggage, according to new leaks in the Turkish press.

A recording of Jamal Khashoggi's murder has led some to believe the killing was ordered by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Speaking to journalists on board his plane while returning from World War I commemorations in Paris, Recep Tayyip Erdogan also reportedly said audio recordings of the killing that Turkey shared with officials from Saudi Arabia and other nations were so "atrocious" that a Saudi intelligence official speculated that the killer may have been on heroin.

The Wall Street Journal reported Bolton told reporters Tuesday he had not heard the recording from Turkey but USA officials have drawn no conclusions on it connecting Saudi Arabia's defacto day-to-day leader to the murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, who was a contributor to The Washington Post.

Items found inside the squad's bags included; 10 telephones, five radios and wireless intercoms for those radios, two separate syringes, two defibrillators, one technical monitoring jammer, three staplers and a cutting tool similar to a scalpel.

The crown prince and Saudi officials initially said they had no knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts.

"The crown prince says "I will clarify the matter, I will do what is necessary".

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Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and United States resident, was murdered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

But, they added, U.S. and European officials are not certain to whom "your boss" refers.

Prince Mohammed "has been unstable and unreliable and I don't see the situation getting fixed as long as he's around", Graham said.

Trump has been slow to react to evidence increasingly suggesting Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's involvement in the killing of Khashoggi, in large part due to the close ties he forged with the 33-year-old heir apparent, also known as MBS.

Saudi Arabia has not been entirely forthcoming with information about the role of its citizens in the killing, according to a Turkish official.

Germany has pledged to suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia until the killing is explained, and has called for a common European response regarding arms sales to the Kingdom.

Turkey has several audio recordings including the killing itself and conversations prior to the operation which Turkey subsequently uncovered, two sources with knowledge of the issue have told Reuters.

Saudi officials said the Turks have not provided audio to them that includes the phrase "tell your boss". Riyadh has said the suspects will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia.

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