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MBS Ordered Operation against Khashoggi: US Intel
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered an “operation” against Jamal Khoshoggi, which would see him lured back to the kingdom and arrested, The Washington Post reported.
Citing US intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the matter, the American daily -- to which government supporter-turned-critic Jamal Khoshoggi contributed as a columnist – reported Wednesday that details of the operation bore the hallmarks of a “rendition.”
Khashoggi, a Virginia-based critic of bin Salman’s policies, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, last week for some paperwork regarding his divorce, but he never exited the mission.
News of his disappearance broke out after Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancée, who was waiting outside the diplomatic building, called the police.
The Saudi dissident’s fate remains shrouded in mystery, with several reports indicating that he has been either killed or kidnapped at the consulate by 15 Saudi operatives -- among them bin Salman’s elite close protection unit -- who had arrived in Istanbul on the same day only to leave Turkish soil hours later.
The Washington Post cited several of Khashoggi’s friends as saying that the prominent journalist had over the past months had been asked by senior Saudi officials close to return back home from the US, offering him “protection” and “even a high-level job.”
Khashoggi had, however, voiced distrust of the Saudi officials, and said they were unlikely to keep their words.
The reports that have surfaced over the past days of what happened on that day indicate such an operation might have gone wrong, with Turkish officials saying Khashoggi was likely murdered inside the mission.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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