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US concludes Saudi crown prince authorised Khashoggi operation

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US intelligence has concluded that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman authorised an operation in Turkey to “seize or kill” journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The four-page report declassified by the Biden administration and launched on Friday mentioned the evaluation was based mostly on components together with Prince Mohammed’s “management of decision-making within the Kingdom”.

The report pointed to direct involvement of key lieutenants of the crown prince within the 2018 operation towards Khashoggi, in addition to members of his protecting element. It additionally famous the crown prince’s private “help for utilizing violent measures to silence dissidents overseas, together with Khashoggi”.

The evaluation mentioned it was “extremely unlikely that Saudi officers would have carried out an operation of this nature with out the crown prince’s authorisation”, citing the crown prince’s “absolute management of the Kingdom’s safety and intelligence organizations” since 2017.

The report named 21 Saudi officers who it mentioned “participated in, ordered, or had been in any other case complicit in or liable for” the demise of Khashoggi on behalf of Prince Mohammed. 

However the report stops wanting describing the operation as mission to kill Khashoggi from the outset.

“We have no idea whether or not these people knew prematurely that the operation would lead to Khashoggi’s demise,” the report mentioned.