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Saudi Arabia Threatens to Retaliate After U.S. Pressure Over Journalist’s Disappearance

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia—Saudi Arabia on Sunday threatened to retaliate against possible punitive measures a day after President Trump vowed “severe punishment” if an investigation proves that the kingdom was behind the suspected death of a prominent Saudi journalist. The Saudi government said that, in the event that economic sanctions or other forms of punishment were imposed on the kingdom, “it will respond with greater action,” according to an official statement, which didn’t specifically mention the U.S. or any other country.

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Newspaper says Turkey officials have audio of Saudi journalist’s murder from his Apple Watch

Turkish officials have an audio recording of the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi from the Apple Watch he wore when he walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul over a week ago, a pro-government Turkish newspaper reported Saturday.

Missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s ties to Osama bin Laden explained. The new claim published by the Sabah newspaper, through which Turkish security officials have leaked much information about the case, puts more pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to Khashoggi.


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Missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s ties to Osama bin Laden explained

Donald Trump Jr. has become the latest figure to highlight missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi‘s ties with former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, when bin Laden was a guerrilla fighter in Afghanistan in the late 1980s.

READ MORE: Why the case of a missing journalist is prompting international backlash against Saudi Arabia. In the book “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11“, New Yorker journalist Lawrence Wright wrote that although Khashoggi was covering the war against the Soviets as a journalist, he was clearly sympathetic to the cause and shared bin Laden’s passion for it.


ABC News -
President Trump calls for 'severe punishment' if Saudi Arabia killed US-journalist

President Trump says the United States is going to get to the bottom of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi and said there will be "severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia is found responsible. "There's a lot at stake, a lot at stake.

When asked whether or not he would potentially impose sanctions against Saudi Arabia, Trump said that it depends on what the sanctions are. He noted that major defense contractors secured a deal with the Saudis to build military equipment and he wouldn't want any punishment to cost American jobs.


Wall Street Jurnal -
Trump says cancelling Saudi arms order over Khashoggi affair would be “punishing ourselves”

President Donald Trump expressed hesitance about cancelling a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia following the alleged murder of Washington Post columnist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who resides in Virginia, went missing and was allegedly killed when he visited Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The Saudi government has denied involvement in the incident, while the Turkish government claims to have audio and video proof that Khashoggi was killed.


CTV -
Report claims Khashoggi's smartwatch recorded his death

Turkish officials have an audio recording of the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi from the Apple Watch he wore when he walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul over a week ago, a pro-government Turkish newspaper reported Saturday.

The new claim published by the Sabah newspaper, through which Turkish security officials have leaked much information about the case, puts more pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to Khashoggi.



“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte