Was Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi a victim of Middle East rivalry?

Was Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi a victim of Middle East rivalry?

Jamal Khashoggi has been missing since visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul Oct. 2.

The men are said to have then left for the private jet enclosure Istanbul's Ataturk airport. His disappearance has triggered a widening investigation by Turkish authorities, amid fears the journalist was killed inside the consulate.

Media captionCCTV footage shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Erdogan said Saudi officials need to prove that Khashoggi left the building. "All the related developments, ins and outs from Turkey, have been put under the spotlight", Erdoğan added.

He is also a former editor of the Saudi newspaper al-Watan and had worked with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a grandson of the first Saudi king who was detained a year ago as part of what the authorities said was an anti-corruption campaign. "Is it possible not to have camera systems at a consulate or an embassy?"

They then dismembered Khashoggi's body with a "bone saw" that was brought over from Saudi Arabia for that goal.

Aksam newspaper also published blurred photos of a jet arriving in Istanbul before dawn on October 2, carrying what it said were nine members of the Saudi team, as well as images of some of them checking in at a hotel.

"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", wrote Hatice Cengiz, who lives in Istanbul. Two appeared to be members of the Saudi royal guard, pictured in a photograph next to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, published critical pieces of the Saudi government and exiled himself to Virginia.

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

Heather Nauert, a spokesperson for the US State Department, said on Tuesday that Trump plans to speak to the Saudis - whose crown prince, Mohammed Bin Salman Trump, is thought to be close to - about what happened. "I am concerned about it".

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

Later on Wednesday, almost a quarter of the Senate's members wrote a letter to Trump that triggered a US investigation into the case that could result in sanctions against individual Saudis under a USA human rights law.

"What happened to this respected and noble man, Jamal Khashoggi, is a crime of lowness, vulgar and treachery, and a crime against humanity, the right of the press, free of speech", he said.

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

Corker earlier told The Associated Press he reviewed USA intelligence reports on the journalist's sudden disappearance and said "everything points to" involvement by Saudi Arabia. "The process over who will administer Manbij in the post-YPG era is also continuing", Erdoğan said. Jamal had applied for USA citizenship, and his reason to visit to Turkey was our intended marriage. Officials from both Turkey and he United States have sought proof of this, to no avail. I am the president of the Republic of Turkey, which is a democratic republic. "I don't want to prejudge, but if it goes down the road that I'm anxious about it going down, contempt will be met with contempt", he said.

Erdoğan added that those related to the Brunson case also need to abide by the rules of law and the courts' decisions.

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