Officials close to crown prince ‘wanted assassination of senior Iranians’

Leroy Wright
November 13, 2018

Speaking to journalists on board his plane while returning from World War I commemorations in Paris, Erdogan also reportedly said the audio recordings of the killing were so "appalling" that a Saudi intelligence official speculated that the killer may have been on heroin.

Turkey has said it has given copies of the recording to several western countries including the US, France, Germany and Britain.

"Canada's intelligence agencies have been working very closely on this issue with Turkish intelligence, Canada has been fully briefed on what Turkey had to share", Trudeau said.

Trudeau said that he himself had not heard them, and he wouldn't give any details on the contents of the tapes.

So far, 18 people, including security officers, have been arrested in Saudi Arabia in connection with the murder.

The Saudis were interested in the idea but said it was so provocative and potentially destabilizing that they wanted to get the approval of the incoming Trump administration before Saudi Arabia paid for the campaign.

The cooperation between the two countries comes at a rocky moment.

Seeking to clarify Le Drian's comments, a senior French diplomat later said the minister never commented on intelligence shared between countries and that he was neither confirming or denying French officials having listened to recordings.

Senior Israeli officer among seven killed in Gaza
Israel and Egypt have maintained a blockade on Gaza since the Hamas takeover, a blockade that has devastated Gaza's economy. At least 100 were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

General Assiri was dismissed last month when the Saudi government acknowledged Khashoggi's killing and said he had organised the operation. In August, Saudi Arabia accused Canada of violating its sovereignty and froze new trade after Canadian officials called for the release of detained civil society and women's rights activists.

Hunt is due to meet later with the kingdom's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a main proponent of the Saudi military intervention in Yemen.

Turkish officials, who are trying to understand the depth of Otaibi's knowledge of the plot to kill Khashoggi, say they are trying to determine whether he was one of the senior officials with whom Khashoggi met on September 28.

"He has a political game to play in these circumstances", Mr Le Drian said in an interview on France 2 on Monday, when asked whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was lying about handing over the tapes to French authorities.

The UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, travelled to Riyadh and Abu Dhabi on Monday for talks concerning both the Khashoggi investigation and the violence in Hodeidah, a key port city in Yemen.

Turkey's chief prosecutor said the Washington Post columnist had been strangled upon his arrival at the Saudi consulate and then dismembered.

The Turkish president went on to say it was clear that the murder was planned and that the order came from the top level of Saudi authorities.

US President Donald Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron during their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Saturday that Saudi Arabia is the cornerstone of stability in the region. Media reports have suggested that his body could have been chemically dissolved.

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