Global Geopolitical Series: Is MbS set to lose crown prince's position?

06 December, 2018, 05:42 | Author: Angel Logan
  • US senators convinced of Saudi crown prince’s role in Khashoggi murder

The Turkish government has insisted that the ordering of Khashoggi's murder came from the highest levels of the Saudi royal family -namely, Crown Prince bin Salman - and is seeking the extradition of all suspects to Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia has said the prince had no prior knowledge of the murder.

Report Gina Haspel was held behind closed doors, and senators have publicly indicated what details point to the involvement of the Prince to murder. However, U.S. President Donald Trump has made it clear that the country will not target the prince himself. Secretary of Defense James Mattis was emphatic last week, telling reporters, "We have no smoking gun that the Crown Prince was involved". "We're trying to get everything together so we do something constructive".

The Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) reported that the two officials were Saud al-Qahtani and General Ahmed al-Asiri who are said to be close to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"If the crown prince went in front of a jury, he'd be convicted in 30 minutes", said Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Trump said in a statement in November that "we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder".

In terms of what can be done to punish the crown prince, Lobb explained that Congress could work toward ceasing US support - including military hardware, intelligence and logistical cooperation - for the Saudi-led war in Yemen against the Houthi rebels.

Help us grow and continue telling Israel's story to the world. "It is my hope that the Senate will act and send a strong, unequivocal message that such actions can not stand and I believe that my legislation with Senator Graham is the appropriate response". Whatever was revealed in that Central Intelligence Agency briefing had to be irrefutable for so much of Trump's senate supporters to lash out like this. They did so against the advice of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who said USA involvement in the Yemen conflict is central to the Trump administration's broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East. "I'm not going to blow past this", he said.

In a column for The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Graham wrote that the killing and other moves by the Saudi regime showed "astounding arrogance entitlement" and disregard for worldwide norms. He said finding a compromise will be hard because some lawmakers don't want to tie Yemen to the Khashoggi killing.

The visit comes "without any consideration of principles and values and without taking into consideration Algeria's reputation and its real, firm and permanent interests", he added. Following the briefing, a handful of senators said they believe that MBS ordered the hit on Khashoggi.

While Senate passage of a resolution would send a strong message to Saudi Arabia, it's unlikely it would become law before the end of the year.


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