Top US officials talk to bin Salman on Khashoggi

Turkish sources believe Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Photos of the fifteen men, checking in to hotels in Turkey's largest city Istanbul surfaced early Wednesday morning, on local Turkish media, more than a week after Jamal Khashoggi went missing inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey's biggest city. Airport security officials now say they checked all bags that the Saudi teams took with them from the consulate to the airport and say there were no suspicious items in any of the items loaded on to the jets for their return journeys to Riyadh. The Saudi government, including Prince Mohammad, has denied that allegation, insisting that Khashoggi freely left the Consulate shortly after his arrival. "All the related developments, ins and outs from Turkey, have been put under the spotlight", Erdoğan added. "There's no chaos." The president spent a substantial amount of time reassuring the reporter that he was not even considering firing Kelly, despite rumors to the contrary. "Is it possible not to have camera systems at a consulate or an embassy?"

An official leaves the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Oct. 7, 2018. Corker said "everything points to them".

The New York Times referenced two sources with knowledge of the investigation as saying a 15-member delegation of men which arrived from Saudi Arabia was waiting for Khashoggi when he entered the consulate.

"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", Cengiz wrote. Turkish officials fear that the team killed the writer, who was critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

As the kingdom failed to release any proof that the dissident left its consulate in Istanbul alive, the identities of an alleged 15-member assassination squad surfaced.

They reportedly took CCTV footage from the consulate with them back to Riyadh, while Turkish staff at the consulate were told to take holiday the day Khashoggi arrived.

"It is not right to draw conclusions based on guesses, however we are concerned".

Vice President Mike Pence expressed fresh concern Wednesday over the case Wednesday, saying "violence against journalists should be condemned" and that the US may be prepared to send Federal Bureau of Investigation officials to help investigate the case. But after three hours I was overcome with fear and concern.

Jamal Khashoggi, 59, has not been heard from his fiance nor coworkers after his disappearance on October 2.

Overall, he decried a "global epidemic" of the stigmatization of journalists, "whether it's the United States and Donald Trump calling them "the enemy of the people" or it's [President] Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines doing much the same thing - where any number of other places journalists are under threat".

Several US senators triggered an investigation and potential sanctions against Riyadh.

"It's a very sad situation, this is a bad situation", Trump said. "The process over who will administer Manbij in the post-YPG era is also continuing", Erdoğan said.

Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also spoke to Salman in a "follow up call" that sought to "reiterate the United States request for information". Jamal had applied for USA citizenship, and his reason to visit to Turkey was our intended marriage. Both countries conducted separate coordinated patrols in the region between areas liberated by Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield and Manbij, according to Turkish officials.



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