Jamal Khashoggi: Turkey scours forest for HACKED UP remains after BARBAROUS 'murder'

Jamal Khashoggi: Turkey scours forest for HACKED UP remains after BARBAROUS 'murder'

Jamal Khashoggi: Turkey scours forest for HACKED UP remains after BARBAROUS 'murder'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Turkey Wednesday after holding talks with Saudi leaders in Riyadh.

Trump, who has forged closer ties with Saudi Arabia and the 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that Khashoggi, a USA resident and Washington Post columnist, had likely been killed.

There is a perception here among critics of the Trump administration that United States officials are working with the Saudis to give them time to come up with a "cover story".

It said al-Otaibi can be heard on one tape saying during Khashoggi's torture: "Do this outside".

If there was any doubt as to why the Saudis might think the leadership of this country would look the other way on the atrocity they are alleged to have committed against our colleague Jamal Khashoggi, President Trump erased it Thursday night.

He gave his administration's first official indication that the disappeared journalist appears to have perished.

Trump was at Joint Base Andrews and was asked by reporters if he thought the journalist was killed on Thursday prior to boarding Air Force One.

When asked about the consequences for those involved, Trump vowed they would be 'very severe'.

"It will have to be severe" he said.

A pro-government Turkish newspaper published a gruesome account of the alleged murder of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, showing the writer was dismembered before he was killed, and his remains may have been melted in acid. "At which point we can make decisions about how or if the United States should respond to the incident surrounding Mr Khashoggi", said the top American diplomat.

Investigators have obtained an audio recording of journalist Jamal Khashoggi allegedly being murdered in the Saudi consulate, according to sources close to the investigation.

The summit is an initiative of Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, who is at the centre of the global controversy surrounding Khashoggi, a strident critic of the prince, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

During Pompeo's visit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan assured him that they would share the results from their investigation with the Saudis as well.

Several vehicles with Saudi diplomatic number plates were filmed by CCTV cameras moving from the consulate to the residence just under two hours after Mr Khashoggi entered the consulate.

Turkish reports say Khashoggi was brutally murdered by members of an assassination squad with ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi officials deny any involvement in his disappearance.

"The specific transfer of funds has been long in process and has nothing to do with other events or the secretary's visit", said Brett McGurk, a USA envoy cited by The Times.

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