Missing Saudi Journalist: One suspect heads Saudi defence forensics

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Saudi special forces officers, intelligence officials, national guards and a forensics expert were allegedly among a 15-man team tied to the disappearance in Istanbul of the high-profile dissident Jamal Khashoggi, it has been reported by Turkish pro-government papers.

Khashoggi has been a subject of worldwide concern for the last few days, ever since he went missing after his visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

'We have to find out who did it, ' Trump said. Sources say the men stayed at the mission hours before and after Khashoggi entered the consulate, then moving on to the residence of the Saudi consul general a few hundred metres from the consulate itself. President Trump needs to raise this case immediately with Saudi Arabia and Turkey and demand answers.

While Washington has said it wants to cut Iran's oil exports to zero, Iran and Saudi Arabia say that is unlikely. "It's a very serious situation for us".

He said he and his wife, Melania, expect to invite Cengiz to the White House soon. Evidence of what happened to him might come from his Apple Watch.

As the administration fights an internal battle over just how far to go with its new sanctions, Iran hawks on Capitol Hill are growing concerned.

European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters in Lisbon that "we are 100 percent behind the American position. 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", she added.

Trump on Monday expressed concern about Khashoggi's case and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a thorough investigation.

On Wednesday, the Post published a column by Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz.

The fiancée of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has publicly pleaded for help from the US president and first lady to clear up the circumstances of his disappearance.

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Zanganeh accused Tehran's regional rival Saudi Arabia of bowing to U.S. pressure, saying such remarks had no "real impact on the market" but were part of a psychological war launched against Iran. In both calls they asked for more details and for the Saudi government to be transparent in the investigation process.

The kingdom did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday.

According to the Washington Post, U.S. intelligence "intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture" Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi Arabia's regime. A day later, a US State Department spokesperson said the US had "no advance knowledge" of his disappearance.

RSF, in a statement on its website, highlighted that "more than 15 journalists and bloggers have been arrested in a completely opaque manner in Saudi Arabia since September 2017". According to CNN's Manu Raju, Corker said he was told that no such video exists, because the security feed only provides a live feed, with no recordings made.

"To me ... it feels very much some nefarious activity has occurred by them". The footage shows Khashoggi entering the consulate on October 2.

Murad Sezer / Reuters Human rights activists and friends of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi hold his pictures during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

It did not say how it obtained the pictures and data.

"He did not mind walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul because he did not believe that something bad could happen on Turkish soil".

News channel 24 aired the video, suggesting that Khashoggi was inside of the black Mercedes Vito, which resembled one parked outside of the consulate when the writer walked in on October 2.

Aksam said they left their hotel later in the morning. They haven't searched the consulate yet, as they have promised to do.

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